President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to Nursing Personnel on the occasion of International Nurses Day.
Speaking after presenting the awards, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said, nurses are the largest workforce in the healthcare industry of India.
Among the recipients, were two nurses from Maharashtra, Chhaya Pramod Lad from Mumbai and Vaishali Vilas Ruikar from Pune While Chhaya Pramod Lad works with Cama Hospital in Mumbai, Vaishali Ruikar is retired nurse, who looks after Jeevan Sanjivani Bureau in Pune district.
“Nursing services and capacity building have expanded considerably since Independence and their roles and responsibilities have multiplied over the years,” President said. “The theme selected by the International Council of Nurses, ‘Nurses: A force for change – A vital resource for health’, is quite appropriate,” he said.
“The Council has rightly recommended that the nursing workforce in India can be an instrument of change – through better workforce planning, improvement in its education and work environment and through a constructive process of assessing and addressing the nursing workload,” he added.
The President stated that nurses can definitively participate in strengthening the current nursing framework in India. “As trainers and system innovators, they can do much to develop better methods and educate the communities in which they live and work,” he said.
The President emphasised that given India’s broader national goals in healthcare reform, the nursing fraternity would need to go even further – by substantively contributing to policy development – and ensuring that it evolves in the right direction “responding to the needs of our diverse communities”.