Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 18:18 Manipal: Manipal College of Nursing and Manipal School of Nursing, Manipal, jointly conducted week-long activities to mark the International Nurses Day (IND), which coincides with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, in order to take note of the contribution of nurses towards healthcare. The theme for this year was: Nurses: A force for change: Improving health systems’ resilience. Capt. Ajitha PS, Chief Nursing Officer at Premium Healthcare, Calicut, was the chief guest for the programme on Thursday. In her message to the audience, Capt Ajitha said young nurses had greater resilience because of the adverse situations they are exposed to from an early age. She also said that the government’s inability to address the problem of lack of sufficient number of nurses in the country would lead to dissatisfaction among consumers, which will ultimately affect the quality of care. “Every nurse needs to introspect on how they ought to be. The present healthcare workforce demands nurses to be more logical, resilient and they should also be able to rise above unhelpful situations to take the profession forward,” said Capt Ajitha. Dr. Anice George, Dean, Manipal College of Nursing, said values such as commitment, loyalty, integrity, humane touch, and teamwork were essential for every nurse. The standard of the organisation can be high only if nurses are loyal, observed Dr Anice George. Students and faculty of the college participated actively in events such as quiz held on May 6, mime competition held on May 9, extempore on May 10 and seminar on Thursday. Various themes for the seminar were in line with the theme of International Council of Nurses. The distinguished speakers were Dr. Judith Angelitta Noronha, Associate Dean, Manipal college of Nursing who spoke on “Improving organization resilience by quality nursing education”. Talk on “Quality impact-role of a nurse administrator” was given by Dr Kasturi R Adiga, Principal School of Nursing, Manipal, and Dr Christopher Sudhakar, Dean, Manipal School of Nursing Mangalore spoke on the topic, “Accreditation: force for change in the 21stt century”.