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Kalam presents national awards to 17 nurses

President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam presented national awards to 17 nurses on the occasion of International Nurses day on Saturday.

New Delhi, May 12 : President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam presented national awards to 17 nurses on the occasion of International Nurses' day on Saturday.

Tahira Hashim Ali Khan (Andhra Pradesh), C.S.Tada (Arunachal Pradesh), Madhupuri (Chandigarh), Udaising Damor (Gujarat), Salomi George (Kerala), Bhosale Vijaya Baburao (Maharashtra), Major General Shashi Bala (New Delhi), Dr.(Mrs) Margaret Dean (New Delhi), Anna Siromani Rajan Babu (Puducheri), Chellamal Mariappan (Tamil Nadu), Hardeep Kaur (Uttar Pradesh), Khatija M Shaikh (Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli), Reena Bose (West Bengal), Zeawlhuamkin (Assam), Subasini Jena (Orissa), C.Mahalakshmi (Tamil Nadu) and M. Goswami (Chhatisgarh) received the awards.

The awardees were selected by a Central Selection Committee. The awards are given as a mark of highest recognition for meritorious services in the nursing profession in the country.

In a speech delivered on the occasion, Kalam said good hearts were needed to treat ailing hearts.

"We need helping hands to remove the pain, and we need beautiful minds to give happiness to the patients. He said that it was imperative that members of the nursing profession adapt and adopt a six point oath to ensure that their duties never ever suffered.

1. I love my profession of nursing, the noble mission.

2. I realize, removing the pain is a great Godly mission.

3. I will treat all patients equally with kindness and care.

4. I will take special care of at least 20 rural patients.

5. I will be a life long learner in nursing.

6. I will follow the motto "Let my care, remove your pain and bring smiles".

Recalling the legend of Florence Nightingale, the mother of the nursing profession, whose birth anniversary falls today, Kalam said that she definitely was an example of "giving" for removing the pain of the suffering people. She also inspired many women to take to nursing as a respectable career.

"I particularly like her view on education. She says "education is to teach not to know, but to do". There is a big message for educationists from this statement," the President said.

He also shared his experiences at the G.B. Pant Hospital in Tripura, where care, compassion and technology allowed an young boy with a congenital heart disease to blossom.

In the 21st century, he said nurses have to become knowledge workers because of the advancement in healthcare technologies.

"Today, with the rapid advancement in healthcare system and creation of specialties and super-specialties in medicine, there is definitely a need to look at the super specialties needed in nursing to compliment the doctors," he said.

Quality medicare is possible only when people work together as a team, he concluded.

Till the year 1989, 31 awards had been given away (18 for nurses, 10 for auxiliary nurse midwives and three for Lady Health Visitors).

The awards were then discontinued for 18 years, and have been revived from this year.

One award is earmarked for each State/Union Territory subject to the availability of nursing personnel with meritorious services. Each award carries a Certificate of Merit and Cash award of Rs.50, 000/-. Nursing services in India have expanded considerably since Independence.

As compared to the developed countries, the nursing population ratio in India is not adequate. In India there is one nurse to 2250 people while in the developed countries the number of people served by one nurse ranges from 150 to 200.

Even developing countries like Indonesia, Kenya, Srilanka and Thailand have a better nurse population -patient ratio. The nurse patient ratio, however, varies form 1:5 to 1:60 or 1:1000 in different Institutions. nurses have a very vital role to play in the patient care service in a hospital.


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