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Gold and a degree

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, December 16, 2017

RUBAINA Ranjana Singh believed she wouldn't have attained her Bachelor of Nursing Degree with flying colours if it wasn't for the support of her husband Nemani Naibitakele.

The Sigatoka Hospital registered nurse stood proud among other University of Fiji graduates when she was awarded the best student in Bachelor of Nursing gold medal at last week's graduation ceremony.

But it wasn't an easy journey as she had to juggle her time and attention between work, being a wife and a mother.

She has been a nurse for the past seven years and three years ago, she decided to take her qualification up a notch and pursued a degree in nursing.

"I am so blessed to have a very understanding husband who has always stood by my side," Rubaina proudly said.

"It was not easy as I had to juggle between work, studies and motherhood.

"I thank my husband and my family for always being there for me and their understanding has helped me achieve my dreams.

After graduating with a Diploma in Nursing from Tamavua seven years ago, Rubaina decided it was not the end of the road for her academically so she enrolled into the degree program three years ago.

Throughout her academic journey, Nemani was by her side looking after their two-year-old son and ensuring his wife achieved her dreams.

And all the hard work, sweat and tears paid off when she did not only graduate but also bagged a gold medal for being the best student during her three-year tenure at UniFiji, an achievement her family is very proud of.

Nemani played the role of being a supportive husband and a father to their son because he wanted his wife to achieve her dreams in addition to being a working mother and serving the nation as a responsible nurse.

It was a journey they had promised to travel together because they not only want the best for themselves but also for their son.

Rubaina believes being a nurse requires passion together with dedication and hard work to serve with the best of her patients at heart for the greater good of the public.

"Nothing is impossible if the heart is willing," Rubaina said.

"Everything is about time management. If you can work out everything according to the time you have set, there should not be a problem with achieving your goal at the end of the day.

"Always work hard and strive for the best and you will achieve what you are after."

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