Date : May 15, 2018

The Nurse’s Week celebration was inaugurated on 7th May 2018 at the Asha Kiran grounds at 7:15am.  After invoking the blessings of the Almighty, Rev. Sr Jacintha D’souza, the Principal of the College of Nursing, welcomed the gathering. The Nurses Week was inaugurated with  lighting of the Nightingale lamp by Rev. Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions.  The Chief Guest, Dr Leo Francis Tauro, Head of the Surgery Department, FMMCH unveiled the plaque bearing the theme of the International Nurses Day 2018 and enlightened the nurses on the theme and appreciated the nursing fraternity at the Father Muller Medical College Hospital for their dedication to the profession. He added on to say that nurses are the most trusted health care professionals spending their time throughout the continuum of life. The Director, Rev Fr Richard Coelho, delivered the Presidential address and acknowledged the nurses for their entireness contributions in healing and comforting the sick brethren at the hospital. The Inaugural event ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Mrs Lavina Nazareth, Assistant Nursing Superintendent, Father Muller Medical College Hospital.

               Taking into consideration the time factor, the Nursing Service Department organised games for five days. A test on Hospital Practices and Policies was conducted which helped the nurses brush their minds on patient safety and hospital infection control measures.  These events were organised for the nurses and hospital assistants from 25th April to 5th May 2018 prior to the official Inaugural celebrations. The nurses and Hospital Assistants were divided into five teams to facilitate active participations from all quarters. A Panel Discussion on the theme of the year was organised on 7th, 8th and 9th of May 2018 in collaboration with the faculty of Father Muller School and College of Nursing. It was informative and well appreciated by the audience

The observance of the International Nurses Day 2018 at Father Muller Charitable Institution began with a solemn Eucharistic celebration at 7:30 a.m St. Joseph Chapel thanking God for his showers of blessings on the nurses.  Rev. Fr Richard Coelho, the Director was the main celebrant. During his homily, the Administrator of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Rev Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa preached that nursing is a call from the Divine and the Divine calls to serve. He threw light on the life of Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkota as an example, to nurses, of sharing the love of the Divine among the sick. The nurses offered their gifts during offertory procession and these were distributed among the low income employees of the Institutions.  

At 11:30 a.m., the felicitation and finale of the Nurses Week was celebrated at the Academy Hall. A prayer dance performed by the nurses filled the ambience with awe. Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore Diocese and the President of the Institutions graced the program as the Chief Guest and the President of the Programme.  The Administrator of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital, rev Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa accorded a warm welcome to the gathering. It was followed by a tribute to two stalwarts for their services to the ailing society, Rev. Fr Augustus Muller, Founder of Father Muller Charitable Institutions and Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. A report of the activities and events of the Nurses Week 2018 was read out by Ms Malini Noronha, Assistant Nursing Superintendent.  

Rev. Sr Loredana Korah was honoured for her towards selfless contributions to the intellectual formation of the aspiring nurses at these Institutions in various capacities. She was full of awe to the Institutions and to the nurses who have sought distinctive recognitions throughout the world.

The faculty of the Father Muller College and School of Nursing who contributed at the Panel Discussion were felicitated by Rev Sr Jacintha D’Souza, Principal of Father Muller College of Nursing. The highest scorers of the test on Hospital Practices and Policies were congratulated. The Nightingales who sing at every liturgical celebrations and Institution programme were also congratulated. 

Rev Fr Richard Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions congratulated the nurse saying that there is a triple reason for joy today for the nurses at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. The Bishop of Mangalore Diocese and the President of Father Muller Charitable Institutions, Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza further congratulated the nurses and vouched the Director in uplifting the spirit of the nurses. The felicitation programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Rev Sr Janet D’souza, Chief Nursing Officer and it was followed by a short cultural programme and lunch.