Mangaluru: The Father Muller Charitable Institutions has been headed by various incharges from the time of its inception from its Founder Rev Fr Augustus Muller. FMCI, a 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) were 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 for Leprosy patients in 1900 have been part of nursing care and nursing education at FMCI. 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 shear strength and zeal.
Rev. Sr Janet DSouza, Chief Nursing Officer of Father Muller Charitable Institutions concluded her term on 30.04.2022. Sr Janet rendered her dedicated and noble services in our Institutions initially from September 1990 to April 2010 and thereafter from April 2013. She leaves at end of this month – a total of 28 years and 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. Upon completion of M.Sc Nursing, she became Lecturer/ Nursing Superintendent and rose 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 them on the works of Sr Janet. He was honoured to be working with her and joyfully bid her good to 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 at the FMCI 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 a shawl, fruits and citation and a sapling. The citation was read out by Nursing Superintendent Helen Lobo. Sr Janet in her response stated her thankfulness to God first and thereon others for the time she worked here in the FMCI 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 has 17 years of teaching experience in nursing. She has completed her GNM, PBBSC, MSc in Nursing OBG and 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 Malini read the vote of thanks and the event was compeered by Renita Lasrado and Carol Queena DSouza of the Nursing department.