King’s is celebrating the graduation and outstanding academic results of the first two groups of students to graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours course.
The course, which welcomed its first two groups of students in July 2018 and January 2019, is the only King's degree course to be taught fully outside of the UK, with in-person learning in Singapore as well as online. It is delivered by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care in partnership with Ngee Ann Academy in Singapore.
The course aims to further develop the skills of qualified nurses to deliver the best possible care, pioneer innovation and deliver improved outcomes for patients and their families. As enhancing the skills of qualified nurses to degree level is associated with lower mortality rates and better patient care, the course stands to improve medical care for large numbers of people across the world.
Students graduating have accomplished terrific academic results, with nearly 40% achieving first class honours. King’s and Ngee Ann Academy match the hard work and commitment of the students with a positive and supportive learning experience and the academic rigour to enable nurses to transform bedside care by developing critical, analytical, and evidence-based practice skills to lead improvements in health care quality, safety, access, and value.
Designed specifically for qualified nurses in Singapore, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours course is undertaken part-time, a design which allows nurses the flexibility to balance their learning with their work commitments. This flexibility has never been more important than over the last 12 months, as nurses in countries everywhere have worked tirelessly on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic response. While travel restrictions necessitated the course to move almost entirely online, final year students and staff quickly adapted to the change in circumstances.
Seeing our students successfully reach the end of their two-year programme is an amazing achievement for them and one of my proudest moments. The students are graduating at a tough time, and we wish circumstances could have been different, but we are going to celebrate their achievements as soon as we get the chance. They have put in such hard work, remained committed and resilient in the toughest of times, and I now hope that they can take a moment to enjoy all the pride and good wishes coming their way. – Dr Julia Philippou, Course Lead, Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours
Julia continues: ‘I look forward to seeing all our students walk across the stage with their graduation gowns, cheering them on, feeling so proud and looking forward to seeing where their careers take them next, continuing the journey they started with us. I send all our students my warmest congratulations for today and my best wishes for all their tomorrows!’
Professor Louise Barriball, Vice Dean (Education) in the Faculty said:
‘It is wonderful to be able to both recognise and celebrate the enormous achievements of our students in Singapore. The commitment of learners and educators, sustained through uncertain times over the last 12 months, truly represents the spirit of the global community of nursing. It is a privilege for the Faculty to be working in partnership with them and the Ngee Ann Academy. I wish them every success in their future careers.’