Today Year four Mental Health Student Nurses celebrated completion of BSc Nursing programme with a Blessing of the Hands ceremony, Honan Chapel, UCC.
Congratulations to the class of 2021 and to Ms. Sarah Hodder awwarded the Niall O’ Mahony perpetual award for 2021
The Blessing of the Hands is a great way to celebrate the completion of a nursing programme
Blessing of the hands recognizes and unites healthcare workers who've chosen the shared journey of caring for patients/clients. The hands are a symbolic representation of both therapeutic touch and the actions involved in providing nursing care. This group of students are to be commended for their contribution during COVID-19 which was a very important part of the national health service response. The ceremony was organised by Anne Kelly, Norma Sexton, Marie-Therese Keating, Joan McSweeney, and the mental health team.
Dr Teresa Wills spoke to the students about their courage and commitment during the pandemic, while Dr Johnny Goodwin commended them on their resilience. The class rep, Dean Murray Cantwell also spoke to the class, congratulating them on their achievements.
Sarah Hodder (year four mental health nursing student) was awarded the Niall O’ Mahony perpetual award at a ceremony in the Honan chapel on the 9th September 2021. Niall was a nurse tutor on the psychiatric nursing programme up to 2003 and the award was created in 2004 to honour Niall’s memory and his contribution the mental health services. All the class of 2021 were deemed worthy of achieving the award. Thus the judges had an extremely difficult task but chose Sarah as she exemplified all the characteristics of a caring and compassionate nurse and future nurse leader.