BORSI, MAY 12: International Nurses Day 2016 was celebrated in Bethany College of Nursing with much gusto and fanfare. The theme of the year was Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience”. The resilience of a health system is its capacity to respond, adapt, and strengthen when exposed to a shock, such as a disease outbreak, natural disaster, or conflict.” The programme started by 9:30 am. The guest of honour was Rev. Sr. Betsy SAB, Matron of St. Alphonsa’s Bethany Hostel, who is a dedicated nurse. The event was colourful with various cultural programmes. SNA Vice President Ms. Priya Hiyal welcomed the audience which was followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the dignitaries which included the guest of honour Sr. Betsy, Rev. Fr. George Abhayanand OIC, the Asst. Director of the College; Prof. Dr. Beny Susan Chacko, the Principal of the college, Mrs. Sunita Wesley, SNA Advisor and student representatives. In her keynote address, Sr. Betsy set the tone of the day underlining the importance of nurses in society and also the significance of the day. Prof. Dr. Beny Chacko  explained the theme and Fr. Abhayanand inspired the student nurses to look upon nursing not only as a career and profession but as a vocation. The students put up an inspirational performance highlighting the challenges nurses face in their day to day professional set-up and also how the challenges can be overcome with dedication and hardwork. The programmes included a mime, skit, comedy, a flash mob dance and cinematic dance by various groups. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks and National Anthem.