Sis­ters grad­u­ate and con­tinue nurs­ing legacy

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Their mother was once a nurse and now sis­ters Sofia Di­navuka Tubuka and Mareta Korovou can fol­low in mum’s foot­steps.

The sis­ters cel­e­brated yes­ter­day af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a Bach­e­lor in Nurs­ing Sci­ence from the Sangam Col­lege of Nurs­ing and Health Care Ed­u­ca­tion. The cel­e­bra­tion was spe­cial for Ms Tubuka who re­ceived the Over­all Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence Award at the cer­e­mony held at the Sangam Hall in Suva.

“I had al­ready done my Diploma in Nurs­ing from the Fiji Na­tional Uni­ver­sity back in 2013 and I wanted to up­grade my qual­i­fi­ca­tions,” she said.

The 27-year-old, orig­i­nally from Lakeba, is cur­rently work­ing as a nurse at the Labasa Hos­pi­tal. She said find­ing bal­ance be­tween her stud­ies, the de­mands of her work as a nurse and rais­ing her five-year-old daugh­ter has been quite the or­deal.

“It was chal­leng­ing be­cause there was a long lapse and then I went back to study­ing and I was work­ing in the post-na­tal de­part­ment so there was shift work,” she said.

“So most of the time I have to come back from night shift then at­tended classes, but I was so lucky I had my sis­ter with me so most of the time we stud­ied to­gether and did our pre­sen­ta­tions to­gether.”

Her older sis­ter Ms Korovou is a nurse at the Savusavu Hos­pi­tal. She said dur­ing her days off she would travel to Labasa and study to­gether. Their mother, Torika Tubuka, is a re­tired nurse while their fa­ther Vil­iame Tubuka is a re­tired school teacher.

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