November 5, 2015 2:00:43 am
The 46th batch of BSc Nursing comprising 36 graduates was commissioned into the Military Nursing Service in the rank of Lieutenant upon successful completion of four years of Basic B.Sc Nursing Programme on Wednesday.
Brig Rosaly Mathews, Principal College of Nursing, Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) and an alumnus of the college, administered the “Nurses Pledge” in a ceremony at the campus.
Lt Gen AK Nagpal, VSM Director and Commandant of AFMC, the chief guest for the occasion, reviewed the commissioning parade and addressed the fresh graduates, exhorting them to uphold the finest traditions of the Military Nursing Service.
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Presently, the college is conducting Basic BSc, Post Basic BSc and MSc Nursing courses and five different diploma courses such as operation theatre nursing, orthopaedic and rehabilitation, nursing, oncology nursing , cardiothoracic nursing and neonatology nursing. The College of Nursing also has been identified as a centre for Global Funds for AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFATM) activities since Oct 2009.
In addition, the college is a platform for ongoing continuing nursing education and professional enrichment not only for the officers of military nursing service, but also for the civilian counterparts in the country. Presently, the college trains 40 Basic BSc, 20 Post Basic BSc and 10 MSc nursing students every year.
A total of 1,200 Basic BSc nursing students, 209 post basic BSc nursing, 51 MSc nursing and 309 PG Diploma nursing officers have successfully passed out from the portals of this prestigious institution to date.
The foundation of professional nursing was laid during the Crimean War by Florence Nightingale. College of Nursing at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune ranks foremost amongst the institutions imparting academic training in nursing in the country. This centre of excellence established in 1964 with a measly 15 students has bloomed into a mammoth instructional facility with close to 200 students, encompassing undergraduate, postgraduate and specialty nursing – empowering them to function as Nurse Practitioners, Educators and Managers in the hospitals of Armed Forces of the country.
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