International Nurses Day 2017 – Nurses: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Islamabad, May 11, 2017 (PPI-OT): Unfortunately, many people seem to think that the most important people in the healthcare system are the doctors, but this is simply not true. Nurses play a key role in all of our medical institutions, being responsible for the welfare, safety and recovery of patients. Nurses have an enormous amount of knowledge and many diverse skills they spend years perfecting and developing, all the time working in decidedly tough environments where extreme stress is just a part of the job. Nurses help bring new life into the world, care tirelessly for the sick and injured, and sometimes watch the patients they did everything to save pass away despite their best efforts.

While addressing the audience Chief Executive Officer SIH Dr. Manzoor ul Haq Qazi said that International Nurses Day 2017 is all about celebrating nurses’ endless contributions to society, take this opportunity to show a nurse who has taken care of you how much you appreciate him or her. The event was attended by a large number of nurses from various hospitals of the twin cities.

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The IND theme for 2017 is “Nurses: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”. This year’s campaign aims to give to all the chance to contribute at their own level and recognize the efforts they already make every day to achieve these goals.

Chief of Nursing SIH Dr. Monette Barrento said that as the largest health care profession in the world, Nurses are often the only health professionals accessible to many people in their lifetime. So nurses are particularly well placed and often the most innovative in reaching disadvantaged populations. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness.

She added that if you are feeling especially grateful for the way a certain nurse took care of you (fed you, brought you a blanket, cleaned vomit off of you, monitored your vital signs, made sure you were getting the right pills, changed your wound dressings, helped you get to the bathroom, let you cry on his or her shoulder, or any of the hundreds of other things nurses do), today is the day to show that gratitude.

A nurse’s main goal is to help you get through treatment and get better, so just knowing he or she succeeded is a reward in itself. Acknowledge the hard work, long hours, and emotional duress that are part of the life of every nurse on International Nurses Day, she said.

For more information, contact:
Shifa International Hospitals Limited
Pitras Bukhari Road H-8/4,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8463666
Fax: +92-51-4863182


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