Message from the interim dean
To recognize and celebrate the College of Nursing fall 2020 graduates, Cindy Peternelj-Taylor recorded the graduation video above. A written version of her address is below.
Hello Graduates. My name is Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, Interim Dean, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.
Convocation is a time to reflect on your hard work, dedication, and personal achievements; it is a time to celebrate. I am sorry I won’t be able to see your faces filled with pride as your name is read aloud at convocation, or hear the animated cheering of your family and friends as you receive your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Ironically, the same virus that prevents us from gathering today, has also highlighted the tremendous importance of the nursing profession. The pandemic has forever transformed our world and with it, the view of nursing. Never before has the role of the nurse been more widely celebrated.
Today, we also recognize the achievements of our Master of Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing students, who have continued their education through advanced studies in nursing. Your professional contributions to the health and well-being of your patients, families, and communities are greatly appreciated, and through your pursuit and completion of advanced degrees in nursing, you personify all that nursing is, and can be.
As nurses we are welcomed into the pivotal moments of the lives of those in our care, from birth to death, and everything in between. Your programs of study have prepared you to embrace the responsibilities of nursing practice, including the professional trials, tribulations, and uncertainties you no doubt will encounter. Be kind to yourself - try not to be too self-critical. Please remember the importance of self-care and the care of your fellow nurses. Self-care is not selfish care. Do not lose sight of what inspired you to become a nurse.
Today, as members of the class of 2020, you join the ranks of a renowned College of Nursing alumni. On behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Nursing, I want to offer you our heartfelt congratulations. It has been an honour and a privilege to have been your teachers and mentors.