Nov 13 : The Father Muller Charitable Institutions (FMCI) has been a sought after academic destination for the past 7 decades with its array of courses. The Father Muller School and College of Nursing have been the torch bearers in nursing education in the private sector of our nation; training and giving the best overall qualified nurses to the nation and the world. The course inauguration of the 64th Batch of GNM, 35th Batch of BSc (N), 34th Batch of PBBSc (N) and 30th Batch of MSc (N) was held on 13th November 2021 at 10.00 am in the Mini Hall, Father Muller Convention Centre.
Dr Padmaja Udaykumar whose reputation as an academician par excellence world over was the chief guest for the course inaugural which was presided over by the Director FMCI, Rev. Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho. In her eloquent welcome Sr Jacitha D’Souza, Principal of the Father Muller College of Nursing (FMCON) welcomed the new entrants and their parents instilling the sense of pride in choosing an institute of repute and proud traditions. Enlightening on the mission and vision of the school and college in making the futures of students bright and purposeful in service of humanity she highlighted the importance of challenges in life, which makes life itself meaningful and teaches values that need to be cherished.
Sr Anjana Rose gave a brief introduction of the chief guest Dr Padmaja Udaykumar who is the Prof and Head, Department of Pharmacology at Father Muller Medical College, having to her credit 23 pharmacology textbooks for students of the medical, dental, nursing and allied health streams and over 50 research publications in journals of repute. She is the president of National Association of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Her various affiliations in different committees and as a PhD guide with various universities have made her to be honoured by magazines and organizations.
Dr Padmaja in her address opined that the nursing profession was the most noblest among all, sharing her own experience of her friend’s child on swallowing a pill being brought to the casualty was prescribed stomach wash by the doctor, to which the nurses with tender love and expert skill did the whole procedure. Though the doctor prescribed the treatment plan, the execution was expertly carried by the nurses. The nurses are the closest to their patients and the most trusted too. This was evident in times of COVID-19 that nurses were told the last request by their patients. Nurses lay down their lives for their patients, this too was evident in the pandemic. Thus, honesty, integrity, dedication, humility and steadfastness is the cloak of a nurse. The pandemic has taught one thing, healthcare is important but nurses are even more important. Women nurses are more in the field of nursing because of their emotional quotient but we see the trends changing with even more men joining the profession. In the west many are changing over to the profession of nursing as they feel a sense of gratification and self-worth. “Work with dedication, work will be satisfying and at the end of your career, you will realise a sense of job well done. Study well for now.”
Director allayed an analogy of a student nurse sent to a patient to record the pulse and was found to be still feeling the pulse after long, empathising with the patient and providing a sense of comfort. FMCI, the prestigious and premiere institute of the Diocese of Mangalore has statistics of most nurses spread out worldwide and in the nation. It is the first in a private sector school and then with its college of nursing. A Christian minority institute which emits the principle of inclusiveness and principle of acceptance which were taught by Jesus Christ followed by Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and so on. Nursing is a science and an art providing healthcare, preventing disease and which when done rightly improves the human wellbeing. Nursing is a vocation called to be empathetic with human touch, to walk an extra mile with dedication and commitment, and be Angels of Love. With over 600 applicants this year, 370 were selected for the test and only 80 were selected. This shows that the profession is in high demand and that you are in a premier institute.
The world is changing and the patients are ever more aware of their rights, so be ready for challenges, be a qualified nurse and remember to always put on a smile. Our Life has 4 pillars, family, humility, kindness and honesty but the foundation of always Love.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Sr Nancy Priya Mathais, Principal Father Muller School of Nursing (FMSON); Master of ceremony were Ms Riana and Ms Shirley (Assistant Professors of Nursing college), the prayer dance was performed by the senior batch of the FMCON. Fr Ajith Menezes, FMMC; Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa, FMMCH; Dr J.P. Alva, Dean FMMC; Dr Antony Sylvan, Dean FMCOAHS, Sr Janet D’Souza ,CNO; heads of departments, faculty and staff graced the event.