In every year, 12th May is a commemorative day for the world nurses, as it is the birthday of Lady Florence Nightingale –“The Pioneer of Modern Nursing”. This is impressively celebrated by every nurse in every country, also with the help of the state governments of those countries.
In Sri Lanka, the “National Nurses Day” that held for celebrating this memorable day, was organized by the Government Nursing Officers Association (GNOA) which was held at the Temple Trees on 12th May 2016. On this occasion we, the KIU had an opportunity to offer a statue of an iconic image of Lady Florence Nightingale to the nursing community of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka.
On behalf of the CEO – KIU, Dr. Jagath Seneviratne; the Assistant Registrar of the KIU, Mr. Harsha Ariyawansa and the Head of the Nursing Department, Mrs. Hemamala Vithanarachchi, handed over the statue to the Chief Guest, the Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe and it was offered by his hand over to the Chief Nursing Officer of the NHSL. The Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, and several Ministers of the parliament with the delegates of the Ministry of Health and several nursing leaders of the country were also participated in this ceremony.
Honoring to the nursing service, followed in this event, on the next day, the 13th May 2016, at the memorial ceremony, which held in the Colombo South Teaching Hospital at Kalubowila, the KIU gifted another statue of Lady Florence Nightingale to the nurses of the hospital.
KIU believes that these contributions will remind nurses the great service rendered by Lady Nightingale as their fore frontier of modern nursing. In addition, we the KIU is certain that, these actions will lead to improve the relationship with the nurses attached to these institutions.