At least 58 in-coming students of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) have been urged to always approach their patients with smiling faces and gentle touches.
By doing so, according to Mrs. Cecelia C. Kpangbala-Flomo, who served as the guest speaker at the capping, pinning and acceptance program of the students, on Friday, October 30th, that could also serve as an additional curing therapy for their patients in addition to the medications.
Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, who is the Registrar at the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM), further urged the trainees to be players designated to make impacts in the health profession. She emphasized: “An impact player, who will make the difference in a substantial manner, be very outstanding, enabling the profession to be more effective, be focused on your code of ethics and oath.”
Mrs. Kpangbala-Flomo, also a Registered Nurse (RN), told the students: “The greatest success in our professional life is how many people we serve, how many lives we touched and not how many people served us or how much we get. Please touch the lives of your patients by smiling and touching their lives by how you greet them, not making them feel rejected whenever they encounter you.”
The institute runs under the administration of Mrs. Sarah Kollie.
Speaking earlier, Dr. Wvannie Mae Scott McDonald, General Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center under whose authority the TNIMA operates, told the students that there are so much on the way for them.
“We were very pleased this year for the first time that we could employ our graduates. And this is where we want to go in the future,” Dr. McDonald said.
She disclosed that the Medical Center has embarked on a strategic plan aimed at building a resilient health sector for the center and the nation. She also told them that the strategic plan contains many good things for them (students).
Dr. McDonald concluded by welcoming and accepting the 58 recruits, who had a successful entry into TNIMA after they had already done at least a three-month course with the institute thus qualifying them to now be accepted, capped and pinned by the authorities.
The newly accepted students are expected to obtain diplomas, qualifying them as either Physician Assistants (PAs), Professional Nurses (PNs), Professional Midwives, Professional Health Environmentalists and Laboratory Technicians.
Last July, TNIMA graduated at least 91 men and women. Out of the 91, 26 came from School of Professional Nursing; 27 from School of Physician Assistant; 18 from School of Professional Midwifery; 11 from School Environmental Health and 9 from School of Laboratory Technology.
At the graduation, which was the 60th for the institution, the graduates were informed that they informed that they were going to “right away” be employed and placed on the Government of Liberia (GOL) payroll.
It was as though the TNIMA graduates were waiting for such news. They burst out into singing and dancing.