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Thursday, May 12, 2011

May 12 is International Nurses Day

Feel good when you’re feeling bad. We have nurses to thank for.
May 12 marks the International Nurses Day. The world honors the thousands of nurses who dedicate their services to the millions of sick people.
The celebration coincides with the birth date of Florence Nightingale on 12 May 1820 for her pioneering work during the Crimean War where she tended to many injured soldiers.
In modern times, the nursing profession has progressed so much, such that there is now a wide array of specializations much like the doctors but the fundamental mission left by "The Lady with the Lamp" remains the same—the selfless dedication to heal the sick.
Celebrating the Nurse Week on 9-15 May with the theme "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care," the healthcare givers recognize how to provide quality care to people suffering from long-standing ailments such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes and rheumatism, said the Manila Bulletin.
In the attached YouTube video, nurses and doctors display a special way to educate their young patients through singing, dancing and acting suggesting that there is a fun way to spend time when one is sick.
However, in the Philippines—a good source of nurses abroad—the nursing profession seems to see a sad tale—nursing graduates face a decline in job placement in foreign countries, in another report by the Manila Bulletin.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona advises incoming university students not to take up the nursing course because of the declining employment opportunities overseas like the UK and the US since 2006.
"If I have a daughter today, I would not let her take up nursing," Ona said.
In 2010, there are 200,000 unemployed nurses in the country. He advised them to take up advance nursing courses like stem cell research, which is currently in demand.
Details of this report here.

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