Women Corps Current Affairs - 2019

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1 October: 94th Raising Day of MNS celebrated

The 94th Raising Day of the Military Nursing Service (MNS) is being celebrated on 1 October 2019. On the occasion, nursing officers would re-dedicate themselves to render high quality, selfless nursing care to their patients by reading the Florence Nightingale Pledge, a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath.

To mark the day a function is also being organized at Army Hospital (Referral and Research) which would be attended by Chief of the Army Staff as a chief guest.

About Military Nursing Service (MNS)

It is the only all women corps in the Armed Forces and is a part of Armed Forces Medical Services of Indian Army. The Military Nursing Service is today ranked as one of best Army Nursing Services of the world.

It came was founded on 28 March 1888 with the arrival of first batch of 10 qualified British Nurses in Bombay, to organize nursing in Military hospitals in India. Later in 1893, it was designated as Indian Army Nursing Service (IANS) and in 1902 as Queen Alexandra Military Nursing Service (QAMNS). Since the time of inception MNS has been a part and parcel of the country’s war efforts.

Enrolment into MNS: It is based on the selection which is done based on merit at all India level. The candidates are enrolled at 6 Colleges of Nursing for Basic BSc (N) from various health sciences universities and on successful completion of course they are granted Permanent or Short Service Commission (SSC) in Military Nursing Service in the rank of Lieutenant.

Mission of the MNS: ‘Excellence In Patient Care’ both in peace and war.

Nursing officers have served with

  • Troops in armed conflicts and humanitarian endeavours in troubled states of J&K and North East sector
  • Combat troops deployed abroad in UN Missions and Foreign Friendly Missions in active war zone as Lebanon, Congo, South Sudan and Tazikistan.