Early in October our successful recipient, final year nursing student Teon Waithe, received Bayview’s first Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship is in collaboration with the Barbados Community College (BCC) and is open to 4th year nursing and midwifery students. It is valued at $4000 BBD and includes a six-month paid internship at Bayview Hospital, once the student finalizes the academic component of their certification.
Upon officially receiving her scholarship, Teon Waithe, a Guyanese national, said she was inspired to become a registered nurse because of her upbringing taking care of her younger siblings when her mother travelled.
From left to right: Marilyn Patrick (Assistant Administrator) and Mrs. Julie Reid (Hospital Administrator) presenting Teon Waithe with her scholarship.
“At 16 I decided I wanted to be a nurse, but I had no qualifications because I had no CXC’s. I had a rough journey throughout secondary school. I did CXC lessons and one subject per year. The last CXC was in 2013 – Human and Social Biology and General Biology. That brought my total up to six CXC’s,” she said in a recent interview with Barbados Today.
An elated Teon
“I was also successful with the Nursing Assistant Programme at BCC year 2010-2011, and I had the opportunity to work at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I decided to leave in 2015 and go to BCC to do this four-year nursing programme,” she said, adding that it was a challenge as tuition is costly for a non-national. So, when she heard about the Bayview scholarship opportunity, she knew it would help her on her way to achieving her dream. She thought she may not qualify, but says she prayed about it and was surprisingly successful!
Bayview Hospital Administrator Jules Reid said that out of all the applicants interviewed, Teon’s passion and dedication was evident, and ultimately ended up in her selection. “Teon did shine through all of this. We were very happy to be able to tell Nurse Waithe that she was the successful recipient of the scholarship and we are all looking forward to working with her,” she said.
From left to right: Marilyn Patrick (Assistant Administrator) and Mrs. Julie Reid (Hospital Administrator) and Teon Waithe during the presentation.
Assistant Hospital Administrator Marilyn Patrick said Waithe is an ideal nursing student. Her passion and drive, will make her an outstanding nurse. “She has rightfully stated that today we often see many nurses who are only looking for a paycheck. Teon as the correct focus. It has to be something that you want to do because there are days when nursing gets very tough. It is a job where few people say thank you. She needs to take the rough with the tough; remain humble, passionate and caring, and I am sure that she will do well in the profession of nursing going forward,” she said.