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Nurse graduations delayed by Covid-19

Celebration time: Bermuda College students will attend a virtual graduation ceremony this week (File photograph)

A group of nursing students will be unable to graduate from Bermuda College because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The ten were expected to complete their studies and attend a graduation ceremony this week.

But to pass the course they had to do practical training at either the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital or a hospital in the US.

The Covid-19 pandemic, however, meant that the KEMH was off limits to trainee nurses, who were also advised against travel overseas.

A college spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, similar to 2020, the pandemic prevented 10 nursing students from completing their degrees because of the clinical component of the graduation requirements.”

But she added it was hoped the students would be able to complete their practical work and graduate in the autumn.

A total of two nurses will graduate on Thursday along with 77 other students.

Duranda Greene, the president of the college, said: “Certainly, we celebrate our students’ resilience, persistence, dedication, commitment, tenacity, and their ability to pivot.

“Those are also the hallmarks that we commend in our wonderful faculty and staff for bringing our students to the culmination of this part of their journey with us.”

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Published May 18, 2021 at 8:12 am (Updated May 18, 2021 at 8:12 am)

Nurse graduations delayed by Covid-19

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