International Nurses/Midwives Day is an international day celebrated around the world on 12th May to recognise the vital role nurses and midwives play in maintaining the health and wellness of patients through all areas of health care. It begins with a Nurses’ week from 6th – 12th May, and crowned by a Nurses’ party on 12th May, the birthday of Florence Nightingale mother of nursing.
On 14th May 2022 at Merina Country Villas in Wakiso District, MU-JHU nursing and midwifery staff converged in Wakiso district in celebration of this day. Away from the clinic floor, in the middle of the countryside, at the leafy Merina Country Villa; nurses played, relaxed and made merry. They also took this time of celebration to reward their peers for excellent performance.”Here at MU-JHU we appreciate the nurses and midwives because they are at the forefront of all research and care activities. They receive research participants first, work closely with them through the clinic visit procedures and they are the last ones to see them off at the end of the day. They spend 90% of the day, giving the necessary care and going beyond self to ensure clients are effectively cared for,” says Sandra Nansubuga, Nurse Supervisor.
The party was also an opportunity for inspirational learning. This year the proprietor of Super Taste Restaurant, Cissy Nambejja a former nurse was invited to share her entrepreneur journey. She spoke about her early years of investment in catering and how her business now has contracts with multiple organisations for staff catering.
As the sunset and the heat of the day mellowed, the team headed back to Kampala with refreshed minds and heavy feet from a day well spent with their sisterhood of Nurses.