International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated all over the world on the 12th of May. This day is celebrated to remember all the valuable contributions nurses make to the society. Madam Florence Nightingale, “The Lady with the Lamp”, Patron of Nursing Profession was born on May 12, 1820. Her birthday is celebrated as “International Nurses Day”. It is indeed a landmark day in any calendar for it celebrates the spirit of sacrifice and dedication shown by the nursing profession. The nursing personnel form the backbone of any hospital. They are the silent caretakers of the sick and the ill, working tirelessly to ensure the well being of the people in their care.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Honorable President of India while speaking to nursing students once said: “When I see doctors, I see pain removers. When I see dentists, I see those who bring smiles on the faces of people. When I see nurses, I am reminded of angels moving in a full moon night. In a hospital, when no doctors, no relatives are around in the nights, the nurses provide consolation and relief. At that time, nurses appear to be angels.”
Sankara Nethralaya has been celebrating International Nurses Day for the past several years. This year Nurses Day was celebrated on a larger scale than before by conducting a seminar, which was attended by the nurses from various Nursing Colleges & Hospitals.
The theme of the program – International Nurses Day 2008 was “Delivering Quality, Serving Communities; Nurses leading Primary Healthcare“. The seminar included topic on “Infection Prevention & best practices” by Dr Ram Gopala Krishnan, Consultant Physician – Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai and he spoke on the importance of hand-washing for nurses and health care workers to prevent spread of diseases from one patient to another. He also stressed on the use of protective equipment such as gloves, masks and goggles. Proper ventilation is also required in hospitals.
Mrs Lysa Sagar, Our Nursing superintendent spoke on the achievements in improving the quality of service. She said that use of formaldehyde had been replaced by a safer disinfectant in operation theatres. Ms Akila Ganesan – General Manager, Dr T S Surendran – Vice Chairman and Dr Bhanulakshmi Indermohan – Director of Anesthesia Department & HOD’s of various departments gave their felicitations. As part of the celebration, long serving nurses of Sankara Nethralaya were felicitated.