NURSES were yesterday reminded to continue giving patients the best care.
The reminder was given to nurses by the director of nursing, Silina Waqa-Ledua, in the first public lecture at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva to celebrate International Nurses Day.
Ms Waqa-Ledua said nursing in Fiji had a bright future with the 2011 Nursing Decree.
"We need to maintain our nursing model," she said.
"We have to know our patients and make sure that we give them the best care that we possibly can.
"It is not just about treatment of patients but the care beyond the treatment that we, nurses, give.
"It complements the medical model and it's all about administering the treatment while alleviating the anxiety with the patients."
International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year, marking the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.
This year's theme ù Closing the gap, from evidence to action ù will be celebrated in Fiji in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Fiji Mid-wives Association, the Fiji Nursing Association and the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences with public lectures held throughout this week in various locations.
"This year's theme is very appropriate to our nurses as we encourage them to bring about evidence that will guide their actions and which involves a lot of research," said Ms Waqa-Ledua.