COM-FSM’s 5th Nursing Program “Capping & Pinning” Ceremony

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16PALIKIR, Pohnpei—at 1:00pm on Monday, December 17th, 2018, the Honorable Yosiwo P. George, Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, attended the College of Micronesia’s 5th Capping & Pinning Ceremony for graduates of the Nursing Program. Also in attendance were Magdalena Walter, Secretary of FSM Department of Health & Social Affairs, Kapilly Capelle, Director of Pohnpei Department of Health & Social Services, Joseph Daisy, President of the College of Micronesia (COM-FSM), Karen Simion, Vice President of Instructional Affairs, Dr. Tulensru Waguk, Chairman of the Board of Regents, and approximately 100 more distinguished guests, representatives of COM-FSM, National Government, Pohnpei State Government, families, and friends of the graduates. The ceremony’s purpose was to present the pins and caps for the fourteen (14) graduating nursing students, nine (9) of whom are from Pohnpei, three (3) from Kosrae, and one (1) each from Chuuk and Yap.

After an opening prayer, the reading of the COM mission statement, and welcoming remarks by Ms. Karen Simion, Secretary Magdalena Walter gave her inspirational message for the students.

 “Our people face many challenges with non-communicable diseases,” said Secretary Walter, “like diabetes, heart problems, high cholesterol…and even communicable diseases like tuberculosis, leprosy… I don’t say this to scare you, but to inspire you: we need your help. This is the largest group of nursing graduates ever so far…and you know, in three of the four FSM states, the average nurse works 12 hours per shift…I’m sure all of you will become employed….”

Following Secretary Walter was the Keynote Speaker, Director Kapilly Capelle, who said “This pinning and capping ceremony is a tradition…it says that you’re competent and qualified to care for sick and wounded people. This group of nurses, today, to be pinned and capped—they have successfully completed a course of study…that demonstrates that these nurses are prepared.”

“Nurses are compassionate, nurses are angels in white—nurses are hardworking, attentive, responsible, caring, meticulous, educated, productive, intelligent, merciful…and most important of all, nurses are empathetic. They have empathy…,” Director Capelle continued, emphasizing the profound role nurses play in maintaining a society’s health. After sharing a heartfelt poem on the nobility of nursing as a profession, Director Capelle said “I want to extend, on behalf of Pohnpei State Government…I wish to hire you. I have a copy of your Personnel Actions signed and dated today for all of you from Pohnpei State…and on these Personnel Actions, your effective date of employment is December 20th, 2018. So with that, I congratulate you for your successful journey…and now you can start working anytime.”

After the good news from Director Capelle, and a brief discussion on the symbolic purpose behind the pins and caps—they symbolize professionalism and tidiness, that the wearer subscribes to the ideals of devotedly providing care—the capping and pinning of graduates began. After every graduate was pinned and capped, the graduates conducted the Nurses’ Prayer and Nurses’ Pledge, and followed it all with a song.

Providing closing remarks was Joseph Felix Jr., Instructional Coordinator at COM. “This nations needs more nurses than ever before…that’s you,” he said. “Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be treating us, the people here in this room.”

The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia recognizes and appreciates these young people, the studies they’ve completed, and the careers they’re about to begin. Our Nation is still developing—which means that there are limitless opportunities for citizens to help fill the gaps. Interested in serving your country like these new nurses, but still need to complete your education? Visit the College of Micronesia website here:

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