Report on International Nurses Day 2021

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. On this day the hard work and contributions of nurses is celebrated.

To celebrate International Nurses Day and to appreciate the role of nursing in health profession Ziauddin University Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery arrange an online program on 22nd may 2021 at 9:30AM to 11:30AM

The program started at 9:30 am with the Name of Almighty Allah, the Qirat was done by Hafiz M. Fayyaz followed by National anthem and Ziauddin          anthem.
This day is to thank all nurses, their dedication, and work, especially during the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The opening remarks was given by Dean Dr. Pamala Marshal

After that a theme video was played which was made by Student council of ZUFONAM
followed by the theme talk was by Dr. Rozina Karmiliani. She said we all need to celebrate what nurses have done during Covid19 and pandemic situation with double efforts and enthusiasm and now it’s time to recognize yourself as an essential part of healthcare.

Ms. Afshan Nazly, President of Pakistan nursing council also share her thoughts. She emphasised that nurses are always there to serve their country in every situation. This pandemic situation enlightened the role of nurses. It’s now time to address our demand, to invest in government forces, to provide education, jobs, leadership and government acknowledgement to the nursing community.

After that the program proceeded towards the presentations made by ZUFONAM faculty  members that included Mr. Jonathan Johnson, Mr.Santosh Kumar and Mr. Sineer Mica, in where they presented their research regarding the impact of nursing practice.

The last session was panel discussion which was moderated by Dr Yasmin Amarsi with the four PhD prepared nurses of the country
1. Dr Jacqueline Dias (Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Sharjah) talked about the role of higher education in nursing profession during Covid-19 time and prepared competent nurses to respond to the demands to the need of nursing workforce for the healthcare system.
2. Dr Tazeen Saeed ali (Professor and Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate studies at Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery) talk about research in nursing professionthat nurses can make a great difference to outcome of healthcare by conduct meaningful and relevant research, they can improve morbidity and mortality

  1. Dr Raisa Gul (Dean of Shifa International College Of Nursing. Member of Prime Minister Task Force. Pride of Performance August 2020 given by the president of Pakistan. Member of the Academic Committee in PNC) Her topic was about the policies about nursing profession and how nurses contribute in policy making. She said we have chance for nurses to contribute in policies in institutional level to province level as DG health nursing leading forward to federal level as advisor so the role of nurses extend to national level but unfortunately this point is lack in our country.
  2. Dr Dildar Muhammad (Assistant Professor and Program Lead for PhD Nursing at Khyber Medical University) , he shared his thoughts about the clinical practitioner nurses and the impact of Covid-19 on the personal life of nurses. He said currently in Pakistan there is shortage of nurses according to population. Covid-19 also affect the mental health of nurses The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against out-breaks. The healthcare system need to move from illness to wellness model and place nurses at primary health care level to sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage

In the end of program the vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Roma Joseph.


From left to right: Ms. Iqra Qureshi, Ms. Abeer Sajid, Ms. Aiman Siddiqui, Dr. Yasmin Amarsi, Ms. Nadia Ali, Ms. Roma Joseph, Mr. Muhammad Ubaid Siddiqui