School of Nursing and Midwifery bags top honours
General Nursing Diploma Students secure two of top three positions in Sindh
Dr Keith Cash, Dean SONAM and Salma Rattani, Director, BScN programme share a light moment with Anum Shiraz (second from right) and Sehrish Parwaiz (third from right)June 3, 2014
Anum Shiraz and Sehrish Parwaiz, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s General Nursing Diploma programme, secured the first and third positions respectively in the recently concluded examinations conducted by the Sindh Nurses Examination Board, Karachi.
All 49 SONAM students who appeared in the examination, passed – an incredible 100 per cent success rate. Appreciating the achievement, Salma Rattani, Assistant Professor and Director, BScN Programme, SONAM said that it was the result of the students’ hard work as well as the support and dedication shown by faculty and staff.
This is the last Diploma class at AKU. As global trends in nursing evolve, it is envisioned that by 2020 the basic qualification required for a nursing professional will be a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In response, the University has phased out the General Nursing Diploma and will now focus on its undergraduate and graduate programmes in nursing.
Shiraz and Parwaiz, while enjoying their success, remain focused on their future. Shiraz aspires to complete her master’s and someday her PhD in nursing and become a clinical practitioner. “I want to give back,” she says, adding earnestly, “There is so much more to being a nurse than just giving a patient some medicine and walking away.” Her colleague, Parwaiz, concurs but feels that her talent would be better spent in finding new ways of pain management, and plans to pursue a path in research.
At present, Shiraz and Parwaiz work at the Acute Care Unit, part of the Emergency Services at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.