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Bhubaneswar, April 5 : Nursing students in spotless white, eager to enter into an exciting profession, lit candles before the portrait of Florence Nightingale and took the customary oath to serve mankind with sincerity, diligence and compassion at the SOA University here on Saturday.

The students, 100 of them belonging to B.Sc. (Nursing) course and 75 of them enlisted for the General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course at the Sum Nursing College (SNC), embarked on a lifelong obligation to the profession at the oath taking and lamp lighting ceremony.

This also marked the beginning of ‘Rhythm’, the two-day annual function of the SNC.

Prof. Khageswar Pradhan, Chancellor of the SOA University attended the function as the chief guest while Ms. Amrita Lenka, Principal of the Kalinga Institute of Nursing Science was the professional guest on the occasion. Prof. R.P.Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the University was the guest of  honour.

Congratulating the students for having chosen a highly challenging career, Ms. Lenka said that they would have to be good human beings to do justice to the profession.

Prof. Pradhan said those who chose to become nurses in the earlier days had to face much difficulty. But it has become a science today and students were getting exposed to modern trends in nursing. “You’ll be dealing with human beings at different stages of life, beginning with new born babies to the old people on their death bed,” he said while emphasizing the need for research on the subject.

“As you are in an university, you must undertake research,” he said.

Prof. Mohanty also stressed the need for quality research in the nursing college so that papers by faculty members and students could be published in reputed nursing journals. “You have chosen a great profession dedicated to the service of mankind,” he added.

Prof. Pravati Tripathy, Dean of SNC, said the school had 40 seats in Post Basic B.Sc. Nursing and 20 seats in M.Sc. Nursing. Published by Education India Sampurna Shiksha

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