Called to Bridge the Gap in Health

Nurses and laboratory technologists 54 in all graduated from Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, on March 29, 2014. Dengel Hall was packed with doctors, teachers, nursing students, family members, nurses and other staff of the hospital. It was the 101st graduation of the School of Nursing. Basanti Lakra, SCN, provincial of Patna Province was the chief guest. 

In congratulating the graduates, Sister Basanti said, “Be the bearers of the name of your institution, ‘Holy Family’. May you build relationships and communities to bring forth life. Believe in the equality of all human beings and treat them as you would treat yourself. Graduation being a milestone in your life, I encourage to keep the fundamentals of life, focus on what you want to be and keep your faith. Cross many milestones with big dreams, determination, conviction, passion and faith in yourself.”

Sister Basanti expressed her gratitude to the teaching faculty of the School and College of Nursing and the hospital staff for their commitment to quality education and compassionate service.

In welcoming the graduates, Jackulin Jesu, SCN, administrator, said an unknown quote, “save one life, you’re a hero; save a hundred lives you’re a nurse.” 

Kurji Holy Family School of Nursing started General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) training in 1940. It is recognized by the Indian Nursing Council and Bihar State government. For its credits, 1,380 general nurses and 1,671 midwives have passed.

The GNM is a three and a half year program including six months of internship. The school is affiliated to Mid-India Board of Education, a Christian board, recognized by the Indian Nursing Council. The nurses receive both theory classes and practical experiences at the hospital. There are 73 GNM students. To meet the current needs of the time, the hospital is phasing out the GNM program. In 2013, the hospital started the BSC nursing program through its College of Nursing Education. 

The nursing students are trained not only in the field of nursing but also extracurricular activities such as art, leadership and problem solving. The students actively participate in sports competitions, educational programs and cultural activities of the State and the hospital. 

Story by Malini Manjoly, SCN

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