In connection to start the Degree program in Sindh’s Nursing Institute, a highest level meeting was conducted on October 8th 2019 at Gulab Hall, Movenpick Hotel in Karachi where Federal Ministry Lead consultants Dr Ghulam Nabi Qazi, Director NHSRC Dr Sabeen, Leaders from PNC, UNFPA, Jhapiego’s, AKUSONAM, DUHS, Ziauddin University College of Nursing, SNEB, and Directorate of Nursing analyzed the situations and reiterated their resolve to hasten further steps. The few impediments were identified that are to be resolved the earliest. The Director thanked the supporting agencies and honored technocrats from Federal Ministry for their commitment and vowed to seek Sindh Government helps to implement the plan. Ms Alia Nasir, Principle ZCON contributed her part by emphasizing and encouraging the participants to strengthen the Nursing profession in the country.
On the 5th day, The Grand Tambola was organized by Students Council to bring some fun and excitement to the students. Cash prizes were also distributed to the winners of the game rounds.
On the same day, Nursing Research Seminars were also organized by the students of graduating year BSN-IV and topics of the seminars were:
- Nurse Patient Relationship
- GCS Monitoring
- Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of High Alert Medication
- Importance of Discharge Teaching
- Awareness on Blood Transfusion
Then, closing ceremony was organized by Students Council which was attended by Mr. Shabbar Virani (Cooridator Student Affairs, Ziauddin University). In the closing ceremony, winners of the cultural day, sports day, health fair and nursing seminar were announced. The announcements of New Students Council members were also done by Mr. Shabbar Virani.
On 4th day of EC WEEK 2019, a Health and Fun Mela was organized by the students of MSN-I, BSN-I and BSN-II. This Health and Fun Mela was organized to educate the students about various health issues and how to overcome these issues. There were some health assessment setups and also stalls regarding nutrition. The Chief Guests who attended this Health and Fun Mela were Dr Inayat Ali Khan (Expert from Neurosurgery department) and Dr Tazeen Saeed from Aga Khan University Hospital (Assistant Dean, Research and Assistant Proffesor AKUSON). Dr Tazeen Saeed highly appreciated the efforts of MSN and BSN students for accomplishment of the assigned tasks related to Health Fair. She emphasized on the fact that Health fairs serve many purposes. The most important purpose is found within Healthcare’s mission statement — helping people live the healthiest lives possible. The central purpose of a community health fair is to help individuals be healthier by seeking to engage the public in conversation about common health issues and concerns. The fair was a grand success as it provides basic health screenings for little or no cost. Simple health screenings such as blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol blood tests, body composition, vision and hearing tests, offer both positive health feedback and identify at risk individuals.
The Extracurricular week for the year 2019 was organized by Student Council of Ziauddin University College of Nursing for the students to freshen up their minds and take a break from tough study schedules and assignments deadlines as it results in improved physical and mental health.
This wonderful week started from “Opening Ceremony”, attended by chief guests which included Dr. Aijaz Fatima (Pioneer of Dr. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals), Dr. Sarah Salman (Head of Office, World Health Organization Sindh Office), Dr. Shireen Mansoor (Medical Superintendent of Dr Ziauddin Hospital, North Campus) and Dr. Inayat Ali Khan. On this auspicious occasion, Dr. Sarah Salman appreciated and motivated Nursing students towards the significance of this profession and the responsibility that a Nurse holds for the betterment of mankind. She also highlighted the importance of recreational and extra-curricular activities for building sharp and active minds.
A Culture Show was also held on Day 1 of Extracurricular WEEK which was organized by Students of BSN year III, in which they took the students and guest to a journey of the beautiful cultures of Pakistan.
A Young Scholar Research Exhibition was organized on 5th August, 2019 at Aga Khan University which was the first student led research event in Sindh for MSN students. Students of MSN Year I and II along with faculty members attended the event with complete zest and zeal and interacted energetically with students and HODs from LUMHS, AKU AND DUHS.Ms Alia Nasir, Principal ZCON played a key role as an active panelist in the discussion phase. It was a moment of pride to hear about Ms.Daizi Jafar, Sr. Lecturer at Ziauddin College of Nursing and MSN student secured first position in poster presentation entitled “Self Esteem of patients receiving chemotherapy treatment in Tertiary care hospital, Karachi, Pakistan”
Sindh Nurses Examination Board (SNEB) examination was held in College of Nursing, Ziauddin University as it was selected as the center for examination. The invigilation was done by the faculty members of College of Nursing, Ziauddin University, ZCON. The transparency was maintained and the examination activities were successfully carried out from 20th of March, 2019 till 10th of April, 2019.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely. In Pakistan there are some mental health care institutions but the students of BSN-III of Ziauddin University College of Nursing visited and organized some activities at “KARWAN-E-HAYAT: INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE”. It is a voluntary welfare non-government organization, registered under the 1984 Companies Ordinance and active in caring for mental health patients since its establishment in 1983.
The students of BScN year IV attended a seminar on 19th of May, 2019 held at Avari Towers, Karachi. The seminar was conducted on “International Nurses Day’ 19”. The theme for the year 2019 was “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit”.
The seminar was about the congruent and holistic approach required for the Nursing profession. It was a great learning experience for students. They loved the initiative, insights and the exposure they got as a result of the event. At the end of the event, group photos were clicked.
College of Nursing, Ziauddin University observed International Nurses & Midwifery Day on Friday, 3rd May 2019 at Abul Hasan Jafarey Auditorium, Ziauddin University to highlight the importance of Nursing and Midwifery profession. The Lamp Lighting Ceremony was themed, “A voice to lead, health for all.” The Chief Guest, Dr. Sarah Salman, Provincial Head of Office Sindh at World Health Organization (WHO) said that commitment, hard work, dedication, association with care services are the key words for the profession of Nurses and Midwifery. Nurses are trained to look after not only an individual’s sickness but physical and mental health as well. They are the support system and backbone of any healthcare organization and hence the society. This day gives us motivation to train more nurses with latest technologies to compete globally.
While discussing about sustainable development goals, Dr. Sarah Salman, said that it is the era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Pakistan is also the signatory of agenda 2030. Sustainable Development Goal number 3 is for Health sector, which indicate universal health coverage for all.
Dr. Stephen O’ Brien, Dean Faculty of Health and Society at University of Northampton, as Keynotes Speaker, appreciated and motivated all the efforts of nurses and said that it was so good to observe that a developing country like Pakistan is taking initiatives in support of nursing profession. Nursing is all about making sure that there are dedicated human resources to take care of patients.
He further added that Nursing is all about empowering a soul. In this context, nurses & midwives are prominent voices and an important part of our society. In this transitional period, we definitely need to work together for the betterment of this profession. He was sure that nursing profession and nurses of Pakistan will make country proud around the globe.
Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim, Vice Chancellor, Ziauddin University said that nurses are indication of change and they are trained for this particular area. Our health facilities rely heavily on nurses. They can easily bring revolution in the field of medical. They deserve our support, respect and appreciation. It is the most trusted profession because of philosophy behind it. Competition is very tough in the world and we need to upgrade our structure. At Ziauddin, we give proper training to our nurses with the use of latest technologies.
Other speakers Khairunnisa Akbar, Controller SNEB and Shabbir Jhatial, Director of Nursing at the event highlighted the importance of nurses and midwifery and stated that professions like nursing involve humility and it is the day to celebrate it. Nurses Day is observed to inform the public about work of nurses and how they contribute to health and well-being of public. The International Nurses & Midwifery Day is all about highlighting the contributions that nurses made in the delivery of health care system.
Students of College of Nursing, Ziauddin University took oath and lit their lamps during lamp lighting ceremony to commit to this noble profession and pay tribute to Florence Nightingale, the one who dedicated her life to the nursing profession in the most selfless way.
A student’s life is full of workload and stress. During exam season, students are anxious and stress level reaches its peak. Therefore, every student deserves a break to freshen up the tired mind, elevate mood and boost up the energy levels.
For this purpose, H Now team brought the exciting and smart back to school time with an interactive road show “COMMON SENSE” that challenges youngsters with tasks that require dexterity, physical and mental skills. The results were comical with a generous serving of fun and learning, which was hosted by radio and television personality, Azhar Ali on 7th of March, 2019.