Commissioning ceremony of the fourth batch of cadets of the College of Nursing was held at the Sushruta Auditorium at Command Hospital, Eastern Command, Kolkata. 31 Nursing Cadets who joined the college on August 1, 2013 got commissioned as Lieutenants, thereby joining the prestigious Military Nursing Service. The spectacular commissioning ceremony was attended by the Hospital staff and family and friends of the cadets who had travelled from far and wide to witness their loved ones begin a new career. Lt Rashmi Dubey was awarded Gold Medal for securing first position in the final year of the West Bengal University exams and was adjudged the Best Clinical Nurse, whereas Lt Sushma Sharma bagged the silver medal for ranking second in the batch and was adjudged the All Round Best Student.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Guest, Brig Kamal Pathak who is presently the Officiating Commandant, congratulated the newly commissioned officers for their achievement. He reminded them that the journey that they undertake hereon as MNS Officers would test their skills and patience every day. He expressed confidence that they had been trained well by the College of Nursing to be able to discharge their duties effectively, even under challenging circumstances.
The erstwhile School of Nursing established in 1973 was converted to College of Nursing in 2010 and is affiliated to the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Kolkata. Some of the subjects that these nursing cadets study during their four year training schedule are basic sciences, nursing procedures, pharmacology, pathology, psychiatry, pediatrics, midwifery and community health nursing.
Nursing Officers posted to various Armed Forces hospitals have the distinctive opportunity of nursing the soldiers and civilians situated in diverse parts of the country in time of peace and war as well as play a vital role in the peace keeping forces at UN mission.