Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, May 10: The Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Dimapur unit celebrate International Nurses Day at District Hospital Dimapur (DHD) under the theme “Nurses: A voice to lead – health for all” on May 10, a couple of days ahead of the official day.
The world observes International Nurses Day every year on May 12 to mark the contributions made by the nurses to the society.
Speaking during the auspicious occasion, Dr. C Tetseo, senior dental surgeon (DHD), stressed on the importance of hearing the voices of the nurses and getting them involved in the planning process to make ‘health for all’ — theme for this year — a reality.
“The strength and expertise of the nurses are not utilised to the fullest and it is time the voice of nurses is heard,” said Tetseo.
While acknowledging the hard work of the nurses, he encouraged them to update themselves on matters of medical science since the ‘bar of competency is raised every year.’
“You may come across a situation where you want to quit and get frustrated with your own decision for joining the nursing profession, but it is the only job that will give you peace, fulfilment and happiness,” maintained Tetseo.
Neipievo-ü, Principal, School of Nursing (SON), said while explaining the objective of this year’s theme that there should be appropriate, accessible and evidence-based nursing care where health for all is achieved. Highlighting multiple health challenges that the world face today, she said ‘nurses are the engine room of the health system.’
“Nurses, as part of a multi disciplinary team and intersectoral collaborative, can create a health system that takes into account the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health,” said Neipievo-ü.
She pointed out measures that can be taken to reduce violence against nurses.
“There should be zero tolerance of workspace violence, effective legal standards and protection at workplace, and regular auditing to determine compliance,” said the principal.
Apart from giving a brief report on the importance of primary health care (PHC), she also stressed on mental health issues and the wellbeing of an individual. “The mental health atlas shows that 40% of countries have no mental health policy and over 30% have no mental health programme,” informed Neipievo-ü.
Speaking on the topic of empowering individuals and the community, she said that information technology system that collects nursing data and information can revolutionise the health industry and assist in the development of a value-based health system.
Several other topics like care coordination, multi disciplinary approach to care, working to the full scope of practice, universal health coverage (UHC) and global health challenges were shared during the programme.