Nurses in Dominica were reminded of their mission on Friday morning and were told that their job is not an ordinary one.
Today (Friday) has been designated as Nurses’ Appreciation Day and nurses from around the island gathered at the Princess Margaret Hospital for a special ceremony to mark the occasion.
They were all given small tokens of appreciation for their work.
Speaking at the ceremony, Principal Nursing Officer, Ceasarina Ferrol, thanked the nurses for their work and urged them to continue working toward the development of the nursing profession.
“Being a nurse is not an ordinary job, it takes an extraordinary person to be a nurse,” she told the gathered nurses. “There are quite a few challenges at this time but we know that we can surmount these challenges if we put our heads and hands together and remain committed.”
She reminded them of their mission as nurses which is to “provide quality, preventive and curative health services to patients/clients in a professional, holistic and cost effective manner in the context of the national health policy.”
“Health care will be provided through the co-ordinated services of competent and motivated nurses in collaboration with other health care professionals, support staff and public or private organisations in a customer friendly environment,” Ferrol said.
Every year Nurses’ Week is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820.
She has been recognized as the founder of modern nursing.
She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers.
Nightingale was dubbed “The Lady with the Lamp” for making it a habit of making rounds at night.