Oct. 17, 1957
|There is nothing that tends more readily to induce in Our heart feelings of joy and solace, than to
see the youth of Our land growing up and maturing through education, in whatever sphere it may
be. All the knowledge to be drawn from the fountain-head of education, not only contributes to the
well-being of mankind and to the performance of humanitarian deeds, but is also a veritable pillar
upholding the liberty of the land. It is by the strength of the knowledge gained from education that
man develops his ideas and brings his labours to success.
In choosing for your own sphere the vocation of nursing -- the caring for and tending of the sick --
you have made a noble choice, for it is one of the truly humanitarian professions. However, it will
not always be in hospitals fitted with every convenience that you will carry out this your chosen
task; you will have to go to all sorts of places where toil and trouble await you. Your training and
your profession make this incumbent upon you. But how great a thing it really is, to be able to help
your fellow-men, tortured by pain and troubled by disease -- to bring rest and relief to body and
soul alike! Your own awareness of it may be limited, but the patient who receives your care will
surely feel it and appreciate it deeply.
This said, it becomes necessary for Us to repeat to you today the words of advice which We gave in
1956, to your sister nurses, on the occasion when they similarily received at Our hands their
certificates of graduation: "Your profession calls for discipline -- the discipline of study and
devotion to obedience and duty, the discipline of self-restraint and cleanliness, and the discipline
of life-long devotion to learning, since knowledge knows no bounds. If you take these fundamental
disciplines as your guiding principles, your work will display the highest qualities." You must be
nurses not merely in name, but truly in the obligations of that noble calling.
We are today laying the foundation-stone of a branch which -- subsidized by a joint Ethiopian and
Swedish fund -- will, in connection with this hospital, care for the health of expectant mothers and
infants. We are very much pleased that in addition to its other functions this establishment will
provide training for the nursing profession. We trust that the School will prove fruitful in supplying
an adequate number of nurses.
Our beloved daughter, Princess Tshai Haile Selassie, who was cut off in the flower of her youth,
completed her training as a nurse. Following the example of Florence Nightingale, she sought not
her own comfort and pleasure, but sacrificed herself in the service of the sick and the suffering.
With sincere devotion and compassion, she applied herself to the task of succouring and
comforting the sick, You who work or learn in this Hospital which bears her name should have her
example engraved on your hearts and minds!
|Haile Selassie the First - October 17, 1957|