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MANGALORE: Applications for nursing course has decreased during recession, said Leena Rodrigues, principal of NIMS Nursing College, Kasargod.

Ms. Rodrigues, who was here to attend the inauguration of the national conference on “Nurse educator: care-taker to career-maker, told The Hindu that the decrease in the demand for nursing courses was because of a notion among students that the overseas demand for nurses had declined. “This money-making attitude should not drive students away from taking up these course. There are enough opportunities in our country itself,” she said.

Global issues

Speaking as the guest of honour at the inaugural function she said nursing was an art.

Inaugurating the conference, S.S. Prabhudeva, principal of M.S. Ramaiah College of Nursing, said there was a need to include global issues in the curriculum of nursing, as a number of nurses kept moving from one part of the world to another.

Ambassadors

“Nurses are the ambassadors of a hospital,” Mr. Prabhudeva said.

Organising chairperson of the conference Jacintha D’Souza said that the nursing courses must pay attention to building interpersonal quotient among students and not just the intelligence quotient.

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