Mangaluru, Feb 23: The Lamp lighting ceremony was held as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, an auspicious occasion in every nurse's life. The budding nurses, adorned in their uniforms for the first time, formally marks the student's entry into the nursing profession.
The lamp lighting and oath taking ceremony for the 26th batch of GNM and 24th batch of BSc nursing students of Laxmi Memorial Institute and College of Nursing was held on February 23, at AJIMS Auditorium, Kuntikana, Mangaluru.
The programme commenced with a prayer dance performed by third year BSc nursing students. Dr Elsa Sanatombi Devi professor and quality management representative (QMR), Manipal College of Nursing was the chief guest of the ceremony. Harish, assistant professor, department of community health nursing welcomed the gathering. The august dignitaries on the dais lighted the lamp and inaugurated the ceremony.
Shalini Fernandes, assistant professor, department of medical-surgical nursing, highlighted the significance of the day.
As a sign of honour and respect to the pioneer of the nursing profession, the dignitaries garlanded the portrait of Florence Nightingale, the lady with the lamp. The dignitaries along with the faculty lit the lamps of 176 novice nursing students which symbolizes wisdom, knowledge and compassion, followed by recitation of the oath, pledging themselves to uphold the duties as a professional Nurse, administered by Sandhya D'Almeida, HOD, associate professor, department of OBG nursing. A melodious and soothing song 'love shine a light' added solemnity to the program.
The chief guest, Prof Dr Elsa Sanatombi Devi, in her address to the gathering applauded the students for choosing the nursing profession. She gave a call to the students to be committed, have the right attitude and be disciplined as a student. She said that these budding nurses are a great asset to needy patients.
The principal, Dr Larissa Martha Sams presided over the programme. She congratulated the new budding nurses and motivated them to imbibe the sanctity of the profession. She emphasized the budding nurses to develop knowledge, skill and attitude.
Dr Jennifer D'Souza proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Nikku A Thomas and Sneha Roy, faculty of Laxmi Memorial College of Nursing.