With a Voice to Lead, Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay Nurses Celebrate Intl Nurses Day 2022

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With a Voice to Lead, Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay Nurses Celebrate Intl Nurses Day 2022, With the 2022 International Nurses Day Theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing & Respect Rights to Secure Global Health

Mangaluru: I would say that ‘Not Just NURSES, You’re the WARRIORS’ to all the NURSES of Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay, who had played a vital role ever since the Pandemic started, taking care of the Covid-19 patients by putting their own lives in risk, and sacrificing their service for others to live. Kudos to you all Nurses for a job well done- You are the Unsung Heroes! “We come to comfort and to heal, to love and serve in woe and weal; We come to comfort and to heal, to love and serve in woe and weal”- these are part of the lyrics from the Fr Muller’s Institution Anthem, and you have all proved it with your dedicated, and committed service to the suffering humanity. Care For One That’s Love, Care For Few That’s Family, Care For Hundreds That’s NURSING, where you all have led the community as responsible and dedicated Nurses, to care for the patients who depended on you.

Quoting words from renowned people about Nurses- “Nurse: just another word to describe a person strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone”- Unknown; .” “Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help. Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” —Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN; “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi; “Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.” —Christine Bell; “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into doing.” —Saint Mother Teresa; “The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” —Carolyn Jarvis. You Nurses should be proud to be a part of the Mullerian Family, serving in one of the BEST Hospitals in Thumbay.

You should be all grateful that you all belong to a respectful hospital, which will step into its Tenth Anniversary. You all are just like a family belonging to the Father Muller community. Sometime in future you will be great assets to the nation and the world. And while you celebrated International Nurses Day, be proud to be a NURSE, taking up Nursing which is a Noble Profession. International Nurses Day 2022 was celebrated at Father Muller Hospital-Thumbay on 12 May 2022 at 3 pm, which began with an invocation seeking God’s blessings by Ms Vanora Lobo, joined by other team members- Joshna, Gracheal Lobo, and Elizabeth Thomas-all MBBS interns.

The welcome address was delivered by Fr Vincent Sylvester Lobo, the Administrator at the Hospital, following which the dignitaries on the dais, namely-Chief guest Sr Dhanya Devasis-the the Chief Nursing Officer at Father Muller Nursing Department, Kankanady, Mangaluru, Rev Fr Richard Coelho-the Director of Father Muller Charitable Institutions; Dr A Kiran Shetty-Medical Superintendent at FMH-Thumbay and Fr Sylvester Lobo, garlanded the portrait of Florence Nightingale. Miss Anusha Rebello, in the Nursing section of FMH-Thumbay shared her experience being a Nurse, and her dedicated service to the community and the suffering humanity, following which prizes were distributed to the winners in the contests held by the hospital earlier.

Addressing the audience Sr Dhanya Devasia said, ” On this day as we celebrate the 202th Birthday Of Florence Nightingale, I have three short points in my message. First I want to congratulate all of you for being a part of the largest health care professionals who contribute much to the health, welfare and development of the society. Without our presence no health care setting can function and without our contribution no health team is complete. Be proud that we make a difference and we have responded to God and accepted this noble profession”.

“Second point is that we have a responsibility to uphold the standard of this profession. The foundation value of this profession is service. It is rightly said by Wifred Grenfell that “ the service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on earth” Florence Nightingale who was from a noble family. All of us who honour Florence Nightingale have the duty to uphold those values of service, concern, sensitivity to others needs, integration of theory and practice, honesty, dedication , commitment, courage and assertiveness. It is befitting to sit back and reevaluate and see the motivation behind choosing this profession and purify our intention and reiterate our way of contributing to the same. Be it in the classrooms, clinical or anywhere, we have the responsibility to behave to be dignified, knowledgeable and be good members of a noble profession”.

“Third point is that, we need to live the theme of this year proposed by the ICN “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health’. During pandemic nurses suffered tremendously by exposure to deadly viruses, attacks of public, extreme workload and disrespect. So ICN is asking the Govt to invest in nursing by providing good training, fair income, good environment to work, providing good technology, social security, tension free anxiety and safety and respect the rights of nurses. The right to get involved in decision making, right of unequal treatment, right to have a decent working
conditions and gender bias and the right to have opportunities for personal and professional development. So make the nurses voice lead. ICN is convinced that If governments continue to put off investing in the health workforce, it will be to the detriment of health systems everywhere. There is no health without a healthy workforce!”

While concluding, Sr Dhanya said, “We should always be grateful to our management who provide us a conducive secure atmosphere to work and who always encourages and provides opportunities for our professional and personal growth. It is not necessary that we always need to speak to be heard. By being good, knowledgeable, efficient, value oriented, dignified persons and by setting an example, we can make our voices heard. One cannot speak and her voice is heard, if she lacks knowledge and awareness of what is happening in the profession, in the community and society. For this she needs to upgrade herself, study and practice. So let us be happy that we are part of this noble profession and determined to uphold the standards of the profession , by being competent , knowledgeable and integrated registered nurses”. .

Dr A Kiran Shetty, the Medical Superintendent of FMH-Thumbay read out the names of BEST BEDSIDE NURSE and BEST NURSING-AIDE, and they were Ms Vidya US and Ms Maria Magdaleena S respectively, who were selected based on the criteria being Caring, Communication Skills, Empathy, Problem solving skills, Sense of humour, Commitment to Patient care, Willingness to learn, Time Management , Leadership and Extracurricular activities.

Director of FMCI, Rev Fr Richard Coelho on the occasion congratulated the nurses and praised them by addressing them as angels of friendship. He called upon the nurses to share love as an antidote to anger, agitation and worry, to carry the virtues of kindness and patience. He further emphasized that Father Muller Institutions stands tall as nursing is the strength of these Institutions, and also praised the entire doctors, nurses and staff of Father Muller Hospital for doing a great job in taking the hospital to great heights while it steps into its tenth year, and soon a Nursing College could come up at Thumbay if government approves the request made.

A few fun games were conducted by Ms Rileesha Sequeira, the assistant quality manager at FMH-Thumbay, and the vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Silviya Nisha Lobo- the Nursing Supervisor. The programme was eloquently compered by Ms Alisha Rodrigues. Sr Janet D’souza- former CNO of Father Muller Nursing dept, Kankanady, Mangaluru; Prof Dr. Urban John Arnold D’Souza. Dean Father Muller College of Allied Health Sciences at Father Muller Medical College Mangaluru; and Fr John Vas, the Chaplain at FMH-Thumbay also graced the occasion. .

In conclusion, Nursing, as Florence Nightingale would tell you, is a noble profession. It’s all about caring, self-sacrifice, and a whole lot of patience. Yes. Nursing is a freaking hard job. But if you forget about how big (or small) your salary is and focus more on what you can offer to the suffering patients, you will always enjoy coming to work every day. You are the hospitality of the hospital. You are the heart of the hospital. Nurses lead very demanding lives. Working with doctors, healing patients and educating the communities are just a few of the responsibilities nurses perform on a daily basis. Keep up the good work that you all entrusted with, and God will surely bless you. Have a successful nursing profession. To all the nurses a big thank you for caring and healing those in the hour of medical attention.

I end this report with thought-provoking words by Jonathan Lockwood Huie-

“Grant that I may radiate Thy Light, Thy Love, Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace to all those around me and all those in my thoughts this day and evermore.” Long live Nurses– the ‘Angels of Mercy’ to the patients!

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