Nursing is changing worldwide, as technology becomes more sophisticated and percolates into more practices within the nursing discipline. Having said that, there is an imperative need to introduce information technology in the Indian nursing system. At present, Indian nurses are unable to cope with work pressure due to the quantum of data generated in each of the cases they handle. This volume of data manifests itself in heavy paperwork, which nurses, attached to hospitals, are mandated to complete, to the detriment of their core nursing functions (Ball et al, 2000). In addition, Ball et al (2000) state that cost-cutting, at healthcare institutions, and consumerism have also created more pressure on nurses today.
Does the Indian healthcare system provide a comprehensive range of health services? Is the healthcare system entirely independent? Does the system operate under different management, rules and political authority? If yes is your answer to these queries, then one has to wonder how far the healthcare system is useful to India’s citizens? Can a middle-class family, let alone an impoverished family, afford good healthcare, in India? The answer to that question is still open.
The question is rhetorical, of course, and the answer is no. The reason, though, the question is being asked is because of the large projected worldwide shortage of nurses within the next decade-and-a-half. The shortage is expected to arise on account of an increase in the demand for nurses.
The 12th May, each year, is celebrated as International Nurses Day. This day allows nurses to celebrate their profession and to show the world that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system. Many people wonder why International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May. The reason is simple: it is the birthday of the great Florence Nightingale, who was the founder of modern nursing, and who was responsible for establishing nursing as a profession.
12th May is International Nurses Day, celebrated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) since 1965. The significance of the date, as we all know, is that it is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. She established the first secular nursing school in 1860, the Nightingale Training School , at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, and, in doing so, laid the foundation of professional nursing. Nursing programs the world over can trace their provenance to this act.
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