President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday conferred the prestigious National Florence Nightingale Awards to 35 nurses on the occasion of International Nurses Day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey gave away the awards to the nurses at the Florence Nightingale awards ceremony.
Co-ordinated in the United Kingdom by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), events will be held across the country, including in Lincolnshire where the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) - East, South, South West, and West - are supporting plans to celebrate nurses.
International Nurses Day will take place on 12th May, and is held as a way of recognising the incredible work and achievements that nurses across the world do every single day.
CCGs will also be showing their support via their Facebook and Twitter feeds. "But this number is not sufficient", the President said. "Nurses are the true nation-builders", Mr. Kovind said. The entire nation is grateful to the nursing community for their vital role in keeping the country healthy, he said.
Carmel Harney, Interim Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Services says "I would greatly encourage all year 3 Students, newly qualified and registered Mental Health Nurses to attend this recruitment day to find out about the exciting opportunities available to you".
Florence Nightingale awards were instituted in the year 1973 by the Government as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services rendered by nurses to the society. Acknowledging the strong caring and compassionate attitude of the nursing community, the Health Minister said that we are proud of all the winners and wish that they will be an inspiration for all the nursing personnel in the country and motivate them to provide quality nursing services and standards. The award carries a medal, a certificate, a citation certificate and Rs. 50,000/-in cash to each of the awardees.
On the occasion, Rita Angami and Hosavino were awarded best nurse of the year 2018 for their relentless service towards humanity.