Annually, International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale; the pioneer of modern nursing. Every year this day of the year is celebrated to honor the selfless service rendered by the nurses. This year’s International Nurses Day is celebrated under the theme: A Voice to Lead- A Vision for Future Healthcare. Right from Nightingale in the Crimean War to the COVID-19 war, nurses have been at the forefront risking their lives acting as caring agents, yet hardly receive any respect that they deserve. The pandemic situation has unveiled the stupendous dedication and commitment to take care of the parents regardless of boundaries.
This day of celebration came into life as an attempt made by Dorothy Sutherland; an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare but not approved. But it took 20 years to declare International Nurses Day. Accordingly, the first International Nurses Day was celebrated in 1965, pioneered by the International Council of Nurses. Later, in 1974, 12th May was chosen to celebrate International Nurses Day which is the birth date of the “lady with lamp: Florence Nightingale”.
Let’s take this opportunity to praise and honor all the nurses worldwide who have made incredible sacrifices to take care of the lives of the patients and for Apart from being the chief nurse at the National hospital she too serves as a visiting lecturer at the University of Peradeniya and other institutes based on nursing as well abroad. Also, she serves as the team leader of the Triage & Information Unit in the National Hospital simultaneously as the training coordinator for Trauma System Development and Disaster management.
She received her first appointment to the medical section of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka after three years of training in the Nurses Training School. She is a well-reserved nurse with numerous specializations. She has become specialized in Trauma system development, disaster management, trauma care, nursing management when she received a scholarship to Japan’s St. Mary’s University.
She has too specialized in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation from a University in Thailand. Moreover, specialization in crisis management under International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington DC, LA, Oklahoma, Honolulu, New Orleans specialization in CPR has made her reach greater heights in her career.
Finally, on their day of commemoration, it should be remarked that all the nurses at the forefront of fighting the pandemic by providing high-quality and respectful treatment and care should be honored.
Thank you for being a true fighter! The world is happier and healthier because of you!
“In most instances, we forget the importance of spiritual healing. Health should be overall management. It should not be limited to the physical aspect”
Pushpa Ramyani de Zoysa, she who descends from the Nightingale’s generation, indeed a lady with a lamp, who showers her kindness, and compassion over the patients which re-kindle their souls with a ray of hope. She can be introduced as a personality who raised the standards of Sri Lankan Nursing to their pinnacle. With a vision set on true nursing based on humanity, compassion, and dedication, Pushpa Ramyani Zoysa, the chief nurse of the National hospital, had prompted a path in the nursing career that is a prototype to many.
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