New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Florence Nightingale Awards 2016 to meritorious nursing personnel, on the occasion of the International Nurses Day, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 12, 2016. The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Mr J.P. Nadda and the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr B.P. Sharma are also attended the function.
The President congratulated the award winners and said that nurses play a vital role in all aspects of healthcare, be it national health campaigns like polio eradication, mid-wife services and community education.
Mr J P Nadda also informed that the Ministry has undertaken number of initiatives for strengthening of nursing cadre. Some of them are Establishment of ANM/GNM Schools, Upgradation of institutions from School of Nursing to College of Nursing, Training of Nurses, and Development of Nurse Practitioner Courses for Critical Care and Primary Healthcare services.
The Florence Nightingale awards are given to the outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State/UTs. Nurses working in Government, Voluntary Organizations, Mission institutions and the private institutions can apply with the due recommendation of concerned State Government. The Florence Nightingale Awards carries Rs.50, 000/- cash, a certificate, a citation certificate and a Medal.