“Nursing care is indispensable in medical practice, reminding us to focus on its excellence and significance for healthcare amidst the world’s ongoing challenges”, said Dr Nida Hussain, Pro-chancellor of Ziauddin University (ZU). She was sharing her views as a chief guest in the 18th Interactive series on ZU Dialogues, titled “NURSES: A Voice to Lead – Nurses Unite Together for Future Health” at Ziauddin University to mark International Nurses Day, organized by Ziauddin University Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.
The purpose of this activity was to provide a platform for discussions and reflections on the role of nurses in leading healthcare, fostering unity among nurses, and envisioning the future of healthcare with their active participation.
While addressing the audience Dr Nida Hussain emphasized that nursing is essential for healthcare, and that’s what we need to focus on, especially with the numerous issues taking place worldwide. The role of doctors has changed, and now we must consider how nurses will adapt to this new technology. While doctors are familiar with telehealth, we must ponder the future of tele nurses. Use of technology in professional lifestyle is essential for nurses. We have worked diligently in the last two decades to enhance the quality of our nursing care.
Dr Janet Holt, Associate Professor in Healthcare Ethics, University of Leeds, joined online and emphasized that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, and as we discuss the future and challenges of nursing in our country, let us remember to be optimistic.
Discussing the journey of nursing in Pakistan, Ms Afshan Nazly, Director of the MSN program and Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, ZU said that today, as we discuss the future of nurses in Pakistan, we reflect on our journey from where we began to where we aspire to go. The history of nursing in Pakistan reveals our humble beginnings, with only around 100 nurses when our nation separated from India. It was a challenging time to gather more nurses and identify leaders for them. The first nursing school, Gangaram Hospital, marked the starting point of our struggles. Over time, we have made remarkable progress, now offering PhD programs for nurses. We all acknowledge that nurses are the backbones of this profession. Our path has been paved with hardships, but we have persevered, thanks to the contributions of individuals like Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, who dedicated their efforts to elevate and advance the nursing profession.
Representative Dr Zahra Ladhani emphasized the nurses and said that we, as nurses, must prioritize our security and safety. In this discussion, it is crucial to learn from our experiences and recognize that nurses are the future. To progress, we must reflect on the journeys of those who came before us, drawing valuable lessons from their paths. Florence Nightingale serves as an excellent example of learning from mentors. As we continue to learn and conduct research, we must explore how to apply this knowledge for the benefit of our patients and society.
Other experts including Talat Shah, Director of the College of Nursing at Kharadar General Hospital; Dr Khairurnissa Ajani, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Aga Khan University (AKU) School of Nursing and Midwifery; and Mehmooda Khowaja, Principal of the Lady Dufrin School of Nursing also participated in the 18th ZU Dialogues and emphasized the importance of nurses in the society and healthcare system.
In her welcome speech, Dr Pamela Marshal, Dean of the Ziauddin University Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery discussed the progress made by nurses in Pakistan and their future prospects. Whereas, the dialogue session was moderated by Dr Yasmin Noorali Amarsi, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.