Mangaluru, Dec 19: Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing witnessed the lamp lighting ceremony of the 21st batch of BSc and 23rd batch of GNM on Tuesday, December 19 at 10am at AJIMS Auditorium, Kuntikana.
The lamp lighting ceremony signifies the students’ entry into the profession of nursing and is held as a tribute to our founder Florence Nightingale – the Lady with the Lamp. The chief guest for the day was Dr Bharti M, principal, ESIC College of Nursing, Bengaluru and also chairman of Board of Studies for Undergarduate Courses, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru.
The programme began with an innovation dance, following which a warm welcome was extended to all by Dr Diana Lobo, professor, LMCN. The august dignitaries on the dais lighted the lamp.
The students enacted a skit on the life and service of Florence Nightingale. Dr Theresa Mathias, professor, LMCN, enlightened the audience on the significance of the lamp lighting ceremony. Dr Bharti. M and Dr Larissa Martha Sams, principal, Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing , garlanded the portrait of Florence Nightingale as a sign of love to founder Florence Nightingale and lit the lamp and passed on the light of wisdom, knowledge and compassion to the novice nursing students. Dr Theresa Leonilda Mendonsa, vice-principal, LMCN, recited the pledge and the students recapitulated it, committing themselves to the noble profession.
Dr Bharti M, addressed the gathering and stressed that nursing is a profession where nurses care for patients keeping in mind the 5 C’s i.e, compassion, commitment, competence, courage and good communication skills. Dr Larissa Martha Sams, principal congratulated the pledged nurses and motivated them to imbibe the sanctity and spirit of nursing and to keep up the dignity of the profession throughout their professional career.
Prashanth Shetty, vice-president, LMET presided over the ceremony. Ashrita P Shetty, director, LMET in her presidential address motivated the students to develop accountability, upgrade their skills and to render quality care to the patients, and to make use of opportunities and resources provided by the management to grow in knowledge and reach great heights.
Dr Jenifer D’Souza, professor, LMCN rendered the vote of thanks. The stage programme was followed by a cultural extravagance by the students of LMCN. The total students for the lamp lighting programme were 52 GNM students and 96 BSc nursing students.