This year’s theme is Nurses: a force for change by improving health systems’ resilience
ISLAMABAD – Doctors, nurses and medical staff across Pakistan marked the International Nurses Day. This year’s theme is Nurses: a force for change by improving health systems’ resilience.
A special ceremony was held at Shifa International Hospital (SIH) in Islamabad to celebrate International Nurses Day (IND) on Wednesday to pay tribute to nurses for their selfless and crucial contribution in healthcare.
Admiring the work of nurses, Dr. Rafat Jan Rukanudddin advised nurses to have a clear vision of their duties to help the sick and disabled.
President of Pakistan Nursing Council, President of the Midwifery Association of Pakistan and Professor at Agha Khan University, Dr. Rafat was addressing the ceremony, attended by a large number of nurses from various hospitals of the Islamabad and Rawalpindi, nursing students, faculty and the management. Chairman Dr. Habib ur Rehman and CEO Dr. Manzoor H. Qazi specially attended the ceremony to encourage Shifa’s nurses. Acting Head Nursing SIH Ms. Raeesa Kausar gave the vote of thanks.
“We must be involved in the development of any program introduced to improve health services as it is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented” said Dr. Rafat Jan, emphasizing that nurses must be engaged in advocacy and lobbying.
Dr. Jan said that nurses should always be patient but persistent to provide compassionate care, must gain knowledge and take a leadership role in their professional lives.
Dr. Manzoor Qazi presented a souvenir to Dr. Rafat Jan. COO Mr. Aziz A. Jan gave shields and prizes to nurses as recognition of their extraordinary services at Shifa. He also presented prizes to nurses who won poster competition on the day.
The speakers said nurses must practice their professional values with updated knowledge and training to become a real force for change. Nurses should achieve higher level of education through an improved and sustainable educational program.
The speakers stressed the need to make nurses’ partnerships with physicians and other health care professionals to provide safe, effective, efficient and patient focused care.
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on every May 12, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses’ Day (IND) Kit. The IND Kit 2016 contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere. This year’s theme of IND was “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience”.