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Oath Taking Ceremony and Testimonial Dinner of New Registered Nurses

To the City Mayor, the Honorable Edgardo D. Pamintuan, Fellow Workers in the University, Members of the Faculty, Our new Registered Nurses and their proud Parents, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good evening.

For a University administrator, it is such a challenging task to deliver a message welcoming students on their very first day in school. It becomes even more challenging as the students reach milestones in their process of maturity ─ in the candle lighting, capping and pinning ceremony; in the graduation commencement exercise, and then in the send off ceremony prior to the taking of the board examination. I didn’t realize that it becomes most challenging when young people like you come back to school, not anymore as students or ordinary graduates, but as professionals ─ as new Registered Nurses (RNs) of the Republic of the Philippines. And for that I should start my message by saying from the bottom of my heart, “Congratulations for the job well done.”

The Bible says that we reap what we sow. If we sow mediocrity, we reap mediocrity. But if we sow seeds of excellence, we harvest fruits of excellence. For gaining this success in your career, it is beyond any aura of doubt that you have planted as you should ─ devoting time, effort, money and other resources, just to reach this pinnacle in your transition from amateurs to professionals.

Yesterday, it was only a dream. Today, it is a reality. The question is, “What will it be tomorrow?” At the end of the day, when hair turns gray and eyesight fails, what was there in becoming a nurse?

My dear friends, I believe that to become a nurse is to become an agent of care in what some perceive to be an uncaring world. Society looks upon you and your caring profession for the improvement, preservation and maintenance of the quality of life. Society, especially the sick, expects your mind to think with wisdom, your heart to beat with love, your eyes to look with compassion, your mouth to speak with tenderness, and most importantly, your hands to touch with care.

Albert Einstein said, “God doesn’t play with dice.” Rick Warren wrote, “You are not an accident. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. God made you for a reason.” In the same vein, we can say that your becoming a nurse was not a random event, and for making you an R.N., God must have a purpose.

Be faithful in carrying out that purpose. The patients you will be caring for, the medical procedures with which you will be assisting, the drugs that you will be administering, the wounds that you will binding, the bodies that you will be maintaining, the pains and the hurts that you will be appeasing, the babies whose entrance into this world you will see, and the souls whose journey to eternity you will witness ─ all of these were planned by God especially for you, and they are the reasons why he made you a nurse. All the rest ─ that local or foreign employment, that green card, those dollars, that big house, those cars, that secure future for your loved ones ─ all of these are ideal but they are merely adds-on to the main package of serving, caring and loving. As Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

And so, with this, I close my short message by repeating the refrain of the day, “Congratulations!” Laus Deo semper… Praise be to God always.

Mayap a oras pu kekayu ngan, lakwas na kareng kaluguran tamung pengari.

Date Posted: 10-06-2011