International Nurses Day
Every year 12th May is celebrated as International Nurses Day to
commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. At PGIMER,
Chandigarh, also International Nurses Week is being celebrated from 12th
to 18th May, to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale the
founder of modern nursing profession. The theme this year is, ‘CLOSING
THE GAP: FROM EVIDENCE TO ACTION.’ Rich tributes were paid to great
nursing leader under the leadership of Mrs. Jaspal Kaur and Mrs. Nirmal
Dogra, our Nsg. Supdts. The function started with prayer song and the
inauguration was done by Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh,
by lighting the lamp. The theme was introduced by Mrs. Jaspal Kaur, Nsg.
Supdt. PGIMER, Chd., which is very relevant in this era of modern
healthcare scenario. In our quest for quality and access to healthcare we
must constantly strive to use evidence based approaches to nursing
services. Stronger emphasis needs to be placed not just on the discovery
of new products, drugs and diagnostics, but also on how we put knowledge
into use, on how we close the gap between evidence
and action. The teams that produce research need to work closely with the
teams that use their findings to get the best results.
In his inaugural speech Prof. Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh,
motivated the nurses to follow the path of Florence Nightingale and
advised the nurses on specialization of care. He also encouraged them to
participate in the CMEs held in the hospital to enhance and update their
knowledge for the improvement of patient care services in the hospital
Prof. Anil Gupta, Medical Superintendent, emphasized that National
Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) and Nursing Administration in the
Hospital should collaborate academically to update the knowledge regarding
patient care services.
the week various educational activities were performed such as symposium
on Evidence Based Nursing Practice, chaired by the Principal, NINE, health
teachings to patients and their attendants on different topics in the
clinical areas, demonstration on hand washing technique to nurses to
prevent and minimize cross infection in the hospital, etc. Talk on
importance of sterilization technique and prevention of needle stick
injuries were also delivered.
The International Nurses Week concluded with valedictory function on 18th
May, 2012. The Chief Guest of the function was Prof. Arun Aggarwal,
Additional Medical Superintendent PGIMER, Chandigarh. The welcome address
of Chief Guest was given by Mrs. Amrita Edwin. Prof. Arun Aggarwal, in his
valedictory speech emphasized to practice theme in day today nursing
practice. He encouraged the nurses to practice hand hygiene. The report of
nurses’ week (12th to 18th May, 2012) was submitted by Mrs. Jaspal Kaur,
Nsg. Supdt. and the vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Nirmal Dogra, Nsg.
Supdt, she concluded the function with thanks and congratulations to all
the nurses for their participation.