Mangaluru, Apr 8: The lamp lighting and oath taking ceremony for the 19th batch of GNM and 18th batch of BSc Nursing students of Athena Institute of Health Sciences was held on Friday, April 8 at the college auditorium.
The programme was presided over by R S Shettian, chairman, Athena Institute of Health Sciences and Gracy Lobo, nursing superintendent, KMC Hospital, Attavar was the chief guest. Dr Ashith Shettian, trustee, Sr Deepa Peter, principal, Athena College of Nursing and Sr Aileen Mathias, vice principal, Athena College of Nursing shared the dias.
Shanthi D’Silva, assistant lecturer of Fundamentals of Nursing Department welcomed the gathering.
The dignitaries on the dais lighted the Indian lamp and officially inaugurated the programme.
The chief guest lighted the lamp for Florence Nightingale and garlanded the portrait and all the dignitaries paid their homage to Florence Nightingale the founder of modern Nursing by offering flower petals.
Significance of the day was highlighted by Sr Aileen Mathias vice principal and PG co-ordinator.
As many as, 130 students were introduced to the nursing profession through lighting the lamps and taking the oath. Principal Sr Deepa Peter administered the oath.
The chief guest stressed on value of nursing profession and qualities of nurses. She conveyed patients are our book of knowledge and there is no end for learning.
Students should learn the skills by practice and she also focused on communication, critical thinking, collaboration and clinical judgement. R S Shettian chairman of Athena Institute of Health Sciences in his presidential address reminded the nurses their role in restoring patients back to health. He stressed that nurses are the back bone of health profession and as such they should be well equipped with knowledge and skill, according to the changing scenarios.
Anaklita Misquith lecturer of Paediatric Nursing Department proposed a vote of thanks.
Programme was compered by Joyline Fernandes and Ashal Benny.