Hailing from the tiny island of Petite Martinique, Khalid Benjamin traveled to Grenada to begin his nursing education at St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences Nursing Program. As one of only five male nursing students enrolled in the program, Mr. Benjamin was proud to be inducted into the noble profession.
“I was so excited to attend my Nursing Induction Ceremony because it meant I was one step closer to achieving my dream,” shared Mr. Benjamin. “In high school I found out that by 2025 there would be a global shortage of nurses and since there aren’t many male nurses out there, I decided to become one. I applied and was accepted to SGU.”
Mr. Benjamin admitted he did face some questions about joining the female-dominated field. For instance, why not just become a doctor instead? His response, “this is my life and my future, and I chose this for myself.”
He joined 120 aspiring nurses who took to the stage on August 27 at Bourne Lecture Hall on SGU’s True Blue campus to mark their entry into the field of nursing. The group was presented with The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s golden Mobius loop pin, which serves as a visual reminder to students that in order to deliver the best care to their patients, compassion and empathy must be the hallmark of their clinical practice. The last nursing induction ceremony was held in February 2020. This is the first one back in person since the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with being presented with the pins, the future nurses recited the International Council of Nurses pledge during the ceremony.
Nurse Tasera Fletcher, BSc ’21, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, shared words of wisdom to the new class of nurses.
“You cannot do it alone; at some point, you will have to look out for each other,” advised Nurse Fletcher. “So, share information and help each other, have small discussion groups, or have a study buddy. Nursing is an honorable and noble profession, and it is centered on effective teamwork and collaboration.”
Along with her Class of 2026 brethren, Hescintia Wigley also agreed with Nurse Fletcher’s sage words. Encouraged by her family to pursue a degree in nursing, Ms. Wigley left her St. Martin home and moved to Grenada to attend SGU. As someone who considers herself a natural nurturer, she believes that empathy is one of the best qualities to have as a nurse.
“I was thrilled to get my pin today,” said Ms. Wigley. “It made me even more excited to continue this journey toward helping others. This is the main reason why I wanted to become a nurse—knowing that I could be an advocate for people who needed help and couldn’t speak up for themselves.”
– Ray-Donna Peters
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