International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale‘s birth) of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965.
In 1953 Dorothy Sutherland, an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaim a “Nurses’ Day”; he did not approve it. In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
As the largest health care profession in the world, there is no doubt that nurses are key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Nurses are often the only health professionals accessible to many people in their lifetime. So nurses are particularly well placed and often the most innovative in reaching undeserved and disadvantaged populations. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness, and the impact of psychosocial and socio-economical factors such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity. They see the context for well being and accordingly act in way to reach beyond the immediate presenting problems.
Nurses must engage in advocacy and lobbying. We must be involved in the development of any program introduced to improve health services as it is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented.
Allegra’s objective is to enhance clinical information management and total patient care through the provision of a software suite that integrates dispensing, primary healthcare and wellness management modules into one user-friendly and comprehensive system. Allegra provides one platform that allows integration between healthcare stakeholders such as medical aids, insurance companies and healthcare providers. This results in the opportunity of one shared patient health record across the healthcare network for those who are a part of the Allegra Healthcare Community.