TECH­NOL­OGY CAN’T RE­PLACE TOUCH, SAYS MATRON

‘She is known as the founder of mod­ern day nurs­ing’

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Stu­dents of Then In­dia San­marga Ikya ( TISI) Sangam In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege of Nurs­ing was re­minded that they were trained to care for hu­man be­ings. Labasa Hospi­tal man­ager nurs­ing matron Tavaita Su­raki while com­mem­o­rat­ing Florence Nightingale Day at the school in Labasa on Fri­day said hu­man be­ings had feel­ings and no tech­nol­ogy or ma­chine could ever re­place the touch of an­other hu­man be­ing.

“In the days of Florence Nightingale, the flame of the can­dle was used to light her way as she made her rounds to the sick and the in­jured.

“The bright light to­day has be­come a sym­bol of knowl­edge, en­light­en­ment, ex­pe­ri­ence and hope,” she said.

“The tra­di­tion of light­ing of the lamp cer­e­mony serves as an icon in nurs­ing from Florence Nightingale that is known as founder of the mod­ern day nurs­ing.

“It is an aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion in ev­ery nurse’s life in rev­er­ence to the Lady of the Lamp.” Ms Su­raki said the cer­e­mony in mem­ory of Nightingale ini­ti­ated stu­dents into the noble pro­fes­sion where they adorned their uni­forms be­fore ac­tual prac­tice in med­i­cal sur­round­ings. “The burn­ing light rep­re­sents the con­tin­ual search of knowl­edge that will guide the nurs­ing stu- dents in their ca­reer,” she said. “I would like to plead with the in­sti­tu­tion to make ev­ery ef­fort in en­sur­ing that the new cadre of nurses upholds the hu­man as­pect of nurs­ing,” Ms Su­raki said. “I am hop­ing that your syl­labus dic­tates the com­pe­tency of holis­tic ap­proach where all com­po­nents of each in­di­vid­ual are nursed phys­i­cally, so­cially, psy­cho­log­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally.” TISI Sangam In­sti­tute of Tech- nol­ogy Col­lege of Nurs­ing act­ing di­rec­tor Kis­han Ku­mar said dur­ing the spe­cial oc­ca­sion the first batch of 110 nurs­ing stu­dents were ini­ti­ated. Two weeks later they will be­gin with clin­i­cal at Labasa Hospi­tal. “From the year 2005 since the in­sti­tu­tion was es­tab­lished, 450 stu­dents have grad­u­ated.”

Photo: Shratika Naidu

First year stu­dents of Then In­dia San­marga Ikya (TISI) Sangam In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege of Nurs­ing pay trib­ute to the cel­e­brated English founder of mod­ern day nurs­ing, Florence Nightingale.

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