May 12, 2016 is International Nurses Day.
The Ministry of Health and Environment and the Nursing Service in collaboration with the Dominica Nurses Association will celebrate nurses and nursing with a week of activities running from May 10th to 14th, 2016. The International Nurses Day theme developed by the International Council of Nurses is “Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems Resilience”
The week of activities was launched with a church service on Tuesday 10th May 2016. Other highlights of Nurses week will be an educational symposium for nurses on May 11th emphasizing professional conduct, customer service and mentoring and coaching; a public speaking competition on May 12th on the theme for nurses week; and an Appreciation Ceremony for nurses on May 13th, 2016.
Purpose of activities: To celebrate the nursing profession and nurses, highlighting the role and importance of nurses in improving health system resilience for the achievement of health goals.
Objectives of activities are to:
• Raise awareness of stakeholders and customers regarding the role and importance of nurses in improving the health system resilience.
• Foster a partnership relationship with the private sector in the achievement of health care goals.
• Provide the opportunity for social interaction among nurses as an organization.
• Provide the opportunity for continuing education for nurses, strengthening their knowledge base in specifically selected areas.
• Promote recognition of the value of the nurse in the health system.
• Improve the public image of the nurse in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
• Improve overall staff morale.
Nurse’s week 2016 is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Health and Environment, the Dominica Nurses Association in partnership with colleagues in the medical field and private sector organizations. The entire public is invited to join the nurses in this celebration.
International Nurses Day is celebrated globally each year on May 12th to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale the nursing legend and founder of modern nursing.