Report on International Nurses’ week activities - 2019

The formal program of International Nurses’ Day was held on 11th May 2019 in Dr. TMA Pai Auditorium of KMC, Manipal.

May 14, 2019

The theme chosen by International Council of Nurses for the year 2019 is “Nurses: a voice to lead: health for all”. Chief Guest, Smt. Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, District Collector, Udupi District mentioned in her address that, nurses are key to health and entire progress of the country. Nurses are the voice and critical force in times of distress in health care sector. Noble virtues of nurses’ makes their voices reach everywhere. She urged the budding nursing students to dedicate their work to humanity and provide best service to the nation. 

Dr. Poornima Baliga B, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Health Science, MAHE, Manipal, in her presidential address congratulated the MCON for conducting various programs in a very systematic way. She also stressed the importance of team work wherein the nurses play a significant role. Dr. Kasturi R Adiga, former Principal, MSON Manipal was the guest of honor for the program.

Dr. Anice George, Dean, MCON in her address emphasized that the nursing profession is a noble profession and nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems so that no person is left behind, without access to care. Three eminent nurses - Mrs. Gulabi Kudva, former Tutor MSON, Mrs. Vijayalaksmi, retired ward- in- charge of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and Mrs. Padma, retired ANM, RMCW Centre, Malpe, Udupi were felicitated for their contribution towards the welfare of patients, nurses and nursing students.
Cash award instituted by Dr. Kasturi R Adiga were awarded to Ms. Ashmitha Raveena Lobo and Mr. Kenet Marvin Saldanha for their excellence in clinical practice in PBBSc Nursing and Diploma in Nursing outgoing batch 2017-18 respectively. Mrs. Mariamma MT, ward sister was awarded with excellent clinical practice during her nursing career. Certificates were distributed to the winners of debate competition.

Awareness program for mothers of under-five children

Department of Child Health Nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal conducted an Awareness program for mothers of under-five children on the theme “A voice to lead – Health for All: Empower mothers for healthy family” on 7th May 2019. The program was attended by 30 mothers employed in the Department of Environmental Assistance (Class IV workers, MAHE, Manipal). Mrs. Sheela Shetty, Assistant Professor, MCON provided a detailed description on care of the children. She explained about the childhood injuries and its preventive measures.

Mrs. Sangeetha Priyadarshini, Assistant Professor, MCON expounded on child abuse and its prevention. She also explained the ways to differentiate between good touch and bad touch and highlighted the importance of spending quality time with children at home to facilitate open communication.

Workshop on Interprofessional Education and Practice

Department of Community Health Nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal organized a workshop on Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Practice (IPP) on May 7, 2019, from 2.00– 4.00 pm in GFATM Classroom, MCON MAHE, Manipal. A total of 28 participants registered from the Department of Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, Dietetics, Nursing and Pharmacy. Dr. Ciraj A M, Professor, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal delivered a session on ‘Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice’. He highlighted on importance of IPE and IPP, competencies and its assessment.

Dr. Shashidhara Y N, Professor and Head, Department of Community Health Nursing conducted a group activity on Interprofessional Education and Practice. Participants of various disciplines were divided into groups. Each group consisted of various health professional students who were involved in patient care. Each group were given simulated cases and were provided guidance to present the case in the form of role play and summarize the interprofessional care for the simulated case. The participants were very active and enjoyed the session.The participants conveyed that the workshop was interesting and suggested that it would be good if the practice on IPP would come up.

Debate Competition

The Department of Mental Health Nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal organized debate competition on the theme ‘Nurses can lead health for all’ on 9th May 2019 at 2 pm in 3rd year BSc Nursing classroom, MCON. Four teams consisting of four members in each team participated in the competition. The debate was moderated by Mr Renjulal Yesodharan, Assistant Professor, MCON, Manipal.

Dr. Shashidhara YN, Professor and HoD, Dept. of Community Health Nursing, Dr. Jyothi Chakrabarty, Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing and Mrs. Radhika R Pai, Assistant Professor, Department of Fundamentals of Nursing were the judges for the competition. At the end of the competition, judges clarified the doubts which was raised during the discussion. Dean Dr. Anice George emphasized on accountability and responsibility while delivering the care. She also told that the entire health care delivery system is in the hands of the nurses. The nurses including the students should have knowledge and need to be assertive while providing care to the patients.

Radio talk
Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, MCON MAHE, Manipal conducted a radio talk with a view to sensitize the public about the significance of theme ‘Nurses a voice to lead-Health for all’. Dr. Melita Sheilini, coordinated the program along with Dr. Latha T Bhat, and Mrs. Janet Alva. The talk highlighted on the advancement of nursing and its impact on health care and quality patient care. The radio talk was broadcasted on 11th May at 5pm and repeated on 12th May 2019 at 12noon in 90.4 FM.

As a part of this celebration, various activities were conducted such as blood donation camp, awareness program for mothers of under-five children, workshop on Interprofessional Practice and Education, debate competition, and a Seminar on the ICN theme for 2019 Nurses’ Day.

Blood donation camp:
Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal along with Lions Club Moodubelle organized blood donation camp at Blood Bank, KH Manipal on 7th May 2019. Students and faculty members of MCON and MSON, Manipal and staffs of MAHE participated in voluntary blood donation. Sixty seven volunteers donated their blood with enthusiasm and positive attitude to save the life of patients. We had received the appreciation letter from the head of the department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion.
Link to the Appreciation Letter

Manipal School of Nursing Manipal organized a seminar on International Nurses’ day on the theme Nurses: A voice to lead – Health for all.
Dr. Leena Sequira, Principal, Manipal School of Nursing was the moderator for the seminar. The session on “Health for all” was taken by Dr Ramesh Chandrababu, Lecturer, MCON, Manipal. Dr. Latha T, Assistant Professor, MCON, Manipal spoke on “Global Health Challenges affecting the Health for All” and Dr. Binil V, Asstistant Professor, MCON, Manipal dealt on “Mental Health Challenges & Leadership”.
The sessions were concluded by throwing light on the importance of health, challenges affecting the health and the leadership role of nurses. The students and faculty members took part actively in the seminar.
The week long program was coordinated by Mrs. Shobha, Lecturer, Dept. of OBG Nursing MCON, MAHE, Manipal.