Students at Notre Dame join the tradition of anointing kings, priests and prophets

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Media Release

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Fall 15-4-2010

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Over the centuries, the hands of kings, priests and prophets have been anointed with oils as a symbol of those who were set aside as agents of God.

Joining in this tradition, students from the Schools of Nursing, Health Sciences, Medicine as well as Counselling and Behavioural Science had their hands anointed with oil as a symbol of healing and strength at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus’ annual Blessing of the Hands Ceremony.

The Blessing of the Hands is held every year before students embark on their first practicum placement.

2010 is particularly significant for Notre Dame’s School of Nursing, along with the Counselling program, it is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Professor Selma Alliex, Dean of the School of Nursing explained that although the School commenced with humble beginnings, enrolling only 28 students in 2000, it has grown significantly.

“The School offers a three-year course that includes a minimum of 1240 hours of clinical practice in areas ranging from aged care to critical care. This program aims to expose students to a wide variety of clinical experiences. An important aspect of this clinical education, which is novel to Western Australia and to most other parts of the country, is the use of mentors who provide one-on-one clinical supervision for our students.

“I am delighted to say that we have a total enrolment of over 650 students in 2010. Along with the significant growth in those enrolled in undergraduate degrees, there has also been an increase in postgraduate student numbers,” Professor Alliex said.

Throughout the year the School of Nursing will be hosting a number of events to commemorate this significant milestone. Click here for the events calendar.

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