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Mangaluru, April 30 : The Father Muller Charitable Institutions has been headed by various in charges from the time of its inception from its Founder Rev Fr Augustus Muller. The 142 year institution has the Father Muller Medical College Hospital which is globally known for its patient centric approach and nursing care. The farewell programme and the installation of the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) was held in the Decennial Memorial Hall on 30 April 2022.

The nursing care at the hospital goes far beyond the care for the sick which encompasses compassion of God’s love for every human. The sisters of Charity who embarked on their journey from Italy to India to help with caring of Leprosy patients in 1900 have been the part of nursing care and nursing education at Father Muller. With many helming the Nursing superintendents post, the recent incumbent Sr Janet DSouza has by far been the longest serving nun at the hospital, rising from a student to the superintendent’s office with sheer strength and zeal.

Rev. Sr Janet DSouza, Chief Nursing Officer of Father Muller Charitable Institutions concluded her term on 30.04.2022. Sr Janet has rendered her dedicated and noble services in our Institutions initially from September 1990 to April 2010 and thereafter from April 2013 and will be relieved at the end of this month – a total of 28 years 8 months of service. She has held various posts i.e. Staff Nurse, Ward Supervisor, Incharge of Cardiology Section (on completion of Diploma in Cardio Thoracic Nursing), and Assistant Nursing Supervisor. On completion of M.Sc Nursing, she was appointed Lecturer/ Nursing Superintendent and promoted to the post of Assistant Professor/ Chief Nursing Officer in Father Muller College of Nursing/Father Muller Medical College Hospital.

Fr Rudolph Ravi D'Sa, Administrator of the Father Muller Medical College Hospital, welcomed the audience and briefed on the works of Sr Janet. He said, he was honored to be working with her and joyfully bid her good into her new assignment.

Rev Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director FMCI placed on record her do-or-die nature to bring about changes in nursing care and her compassion for the poor and the sick. Her tremendous foot power to handle the hospital issues 24*7 had made her known to all. He thanked her for her dedicated services and bid her farewell and blessed journey as the Mother Superior at Sollur, Bengaluru.

Dr Uday Kumar echoed the words of sentiments on behalf of all gathered for Sr Janet. He shared the common similarities both of them shared, that of being pleasant people and that both had two innings in the institutions. They met when he was HOD of forensics and Sr was an assistant professor and later they rejoined FMCI as medical superintendent and CNO.

Sr Janet was felicitated according to Indian traditions with shawl, fruits and citation and a sapling. The citation was read out by Nursing Superintendent Mrs Helen Lobo. Sr Janet in her response stated her thankfulness to God first and thereon others for the time she worked here and for the next assignment.

The installation / taking over charge cum welcome ceremony of the incoming Chief Nursing Officer - Rev. Sr Dhanya Devasia was held during the event. It marked the great transition of nursing care from its predecessor to its successor. Sr Dhanya from the Sisters of Charity who has 17 years of teaching experience in nursing. She has completed her GNM, PBBSC, MSc in Nursing OBG and is currently pursuing her PhD. She was the principal of Athena Nursing College for 4 years. In her inaugural address she sought the blessings and prayers of the Mullerian family to shoulder the yoke of the work assigned to her.

The Management, Staff and Students remain ever grateful to her for her sincere and committed services to our Institutions. Governing Board Members, Members of Father Muller Centenary Charitable Society, Management Committee & Advisory Committee Members, HODs’ & Unit Heads of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Faculty of School & College of Nursing, Departmental Heads/Incharges of Father Muller Medical College Hospital & Staff of the Nursing Department ANSs’/Ward Incharges were present for the event.

Nursing supervisor Mrs Malini delivered the vote of thanks and the event was compeered by Ms Renita Lasrado and Ms Carol Queena DSouza of the Nursing department.


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