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February 2017

| VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica



Nursing students who were admitted to the Dean’s List for the last Academic Year pose with their special awards received at the 6th

annual Striping Ceremony hosted by the College of Health Sciences on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Students (from left) Keandra Anglin (awarded for Year 2), Juline

Souden, (awarded for Year 3), and Regjene Dawkins (awarded for Year 2) share the happy moment with Dr. Adella Campbell, Head, Caribbean School of Nursing, College

of Health Sciences and Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, CD, President, UTech, Jamaica.

UTech, Jamaica Nursing Students Earn Their Stripes

at Annual Striping Ceremony


wo hundred and thirty (230) students

enrolled in years one to four of the BSc. in

Nursing and the BSc. in Midwifery in the

Caribbean School of Nursing (CSON), College

of Health Sciences, (COHS) were presented

with their symbolic stripes at the 6th annual

Striping Ceremony hosted by the School in their

honour under the theme, “Nursing and Midwifery

Students Touching Lives and Changing theWorld”

on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The ceremony

was held at the Christian Life Fellowship Centre,

adjacent to the UTech, Jamaica Papine campus.

The symbolic striping signifies that the students

have satisfied the academic and professional

requirements of their respective levels of study

and have displayed good behaviour and attitude

towards their profession.

Dr. Janet Campbell-Shelly

, Acting Dean,

College of Health Sciences, UTech, Ja. in

congratulating the students, reminded them that

their striping is synonymous with excellence and

the achievement of high standards in all areas of

their personal and professional lives.

Dr. Adella Campbell

, Head, CSON, in her address

gave an historical overview of the establishment

of the nursing and midwifery programmes at

UTech, Jamaica. She noted that the University

has been training nurses since 2007 and

midwives since 2014 following the divestment

of the training programmes from the Government

of Jamaica. UTech, Jamaica’s Caribbean School

of Nursing offers the


Nursing (generic and



. in Midwifery (Direct Entry and

Midwifery for Registered Nurses), the Completion

Midwifery course of study to commence in August

2017 and the


. in Critical Care Nursing. The

graduate programmes are the


in Nurse

Anaesthesia and


in Trauma Studies.

Completion training programmes are franchised

at the Excelsior Community College and in St.

Vincent and The Grenadines.

More than 600 hundred applicants

turned away annually

Referencing the current gap in the health sector

caused by the migration of Jamaica’s specialist

nurses, Dr. Campbell underscored that our

nurses have earned a reputation of being the best

trained in the world. She lamented therefore,

that UTech, Ja. is forced “to turn away more than

600 applicants annually because of our inability

to accept them for training even though they are

qualified.” The Head of School expressed hope

that the University will be able to, in the near

future increase its capacity for the training of


She congratulated the students on earning their

stripes noting that the School continues to excel


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