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 are celebrated.

Ziauddin University Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery organizes an event on May 23rd, 2022 to celebrate International Nurses Day and to appreciate the role of nursing in the health profession.

To recognize the nurse’s efforts toward global health, almost all nursing leaders from various institutes were called to share their views about the ways we can secure the rights of nurses and empower them.

As Nursing is the backbone of all healthcare systems around the world, and without nursing, there would be no healthcare, demonstrating how vital this subject is to us.”

The event was formally started with the recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by the national anthem and the Ziauddin anthem.



The event proceeded with the welcome speech by Dean ZUFONAM, Dr. Pamella Marshal.



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While giving the knowledge about the current nursing reports Dr. Rozina Karmaliani, Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery Aga Khan University said by 2030, the WHO expects that the globe will require an additional nine million nurses and midwives. Take a look at the situation in Pakistan; it was already in short supply before the conflict, and “we urgently need to develop a large number of high-quality nurses and midwives in Pakistan.”

Afterward, guest speaker, Dr. Jai Das focused on the key role of nurses in contributing to global health and how to enrich their knowledge in clinical and community fields. He emphasizes that we do not just need a rebuild of our health systems, we need transformation. This begins with the fundamentals of recognizing and respecting the rights of those authorized, accountable, and entrusted to care for individuals and communities. The Transformation will require investment in nursing education, jobs, and leadership. But it begins with recognizing and adhering to the fundamental rights of every nurse and health care worker.

Guest speaker Mr. Alexander Lawson, Director, Centre for International and Constitutional Law, Ziauddin University. He focuses on the legal rights of nurse employees and how legally we can work more on bettering their working environment

Guest of Honor Dr. Nida Hussain, pro-chancellor of ZU said, “We understood the need of promoting nurses’ work and rights to a safe workplace, as well as their full participation and decision-making in patient care and our administrative function. We’ve worked very hard in the last two decades to improve the quality of our nursing”, Dr. Hussain added.


Representing the Government of Sindh, Director General Nursing Mr. Shabir Hussain Jhatial (Chief Guest) said that since the country’s founding, Sindh province has had almost 1100 BSN admissions and nearly 600 midwifery admissions. The Covid was at its peak when the Sindh government interpolated 2,000 nurses, despite the country’s financial problems. The nurses were given hundreds of job opportunities. The federal government has allocated Rs8.1 billion rupees for the improvement of nursing and midwifery services. As far as the Sindh government is concerned, nurses and midwifery are being developed and improved, and nurses are being invested in for the good of our country.


In the second half of the event, ZU Dialogues were held moderated by Dr. Yasmin Amarsi to have an extensive talk with the panelists on the IND theme.

Dr. Sara Salman, World Health Organization Sindh Representative stated “In terms of Sindh, we are assisting the health department, nursing department, and another education department in developing the ability of our health personnel.  Stating the role of NGOs in securing the rights of midwives,

Dr. Khairunnisa Ajani, Assistant Dean, School of Nursing & Midwifery at AKU, said education was the building block of any professional study. “If we as nurses don’t have a solid scientific knowledge base of what we’re doing and where we’re going, we won’t be able to stand up for ourselves, stand up for the patient, and make the impact we’re supposed to make, so we must ensure that we have the scientific nursing knowledge”.

Ms. Kausar Khan, Advisor Community Engagement her primary concern is to promote women’s rights to their life and to participate in their life according to their aspirations.

Dr. Amy (Aisha) Winslow, a certified nurse-midwife from the USA, stressed the need for developing an effective education system to ensure that well-trained nurses and midwives were available to meet future needs.

In the end, Vice-Chancellor, ZU Prof. Dr. Irfan Hyder came to appreciate all efforts of nurses and highlight the efforts of Ziauddin University for empowering Nursing Students.


The event was summed up by the vote of thanks by Ms. Afshan Nazly, Associate Professor and Director Post-Graduate program, ZUFONAM.