International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Today, nurses are being honored for their invaluable role in delivering quality health care and to bring recognition of the act that nursing is a respected profession.
Chronic disease is the focus of this year's International Nurses Day. The International Council of Nurses highlighted the six key areas (diabetes, cancer, depression, hypertension, respiratory and heart diseases) in this year's campaign with a theme of "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses leading Chronic Care." Of the six chronic diseases mentioned above, Diabetes Meliitus is one of the most prevalent diseases in the UAE.
Here in the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA) has selected a theme for this year's celebration as "Nurses: Together for Healthier Lives". In the Eastern region of Abu Dhabi, nurses from Tawam Hospital will celebrate the said event with poster presentation and a grand ball at Rotana Hotel on March 13, 2010.
By the way, let me share the information that I have read in Khaleej Times Online. According to the report, Emarati nurses constitute only seven percent (7%) of the total nursing workforce in the UAE. And as per the study conducted by Emirates Nursing Association in December 2009, of the total 23,433 nurses from different nationalities working here in the UAE, only 759 nurses were Emaratis. Filipinos and Indians dominate the workforce.
I would like to extend my warmest greetings to my colleagues and to the nurses all over the world. Allow me to bow in silence as a sign of my respect to all the nurses out there. Happy Nurses Day! Cheers!
Word of the day: Mummarida is the arabic word for a female nurse (mummarid for male nurse). Salaam!