International Nurses’ Day : Experiences from Spain and Barbados

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB
On International Nurse’s Day, accounts from Spain and Barbados... Javier Medina Hello! I am a nurse in Spain, specifically in Southern Spain, in Seville. I work in a private health clinic, which belongs to a national network of clinics dedicated exclusively to ophthalmology called Miranza. We carry out all kind of interventions related to ophthalmology,…

Celebrating our Nurses at the Fred Hollows Foundation

Nurse Aizel Chico Since the early days of The Fred Hollows Foundation more than two decades ago, nurses and frontline health workers have been the engine that powers our sight-saving work. Which is why there’s no better time to salute these professionals than on International Nurses Day, wherever they are and whatever good work they…

International Nurse’s Day: My COVID-19 experience, so far… (Australia)

Who would have thought that in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and on International Nurse's Day, that the crucial role of nurses would have been so front and centre!   As an ICU nurse away from the bedside for 9 years this period has been challenging and pride inducing. Whilst the ventilation skills…

International Nurse’s Day: Coping with COVID-19 (USA)

I have been a nurse for over 40 years, with thirtysomething of those being in ophthalmic nursing.  Currently, I serve as the nurse in a busy ophthalmic clinic with 2 ophthalmologists and 2 optometrists, and serve as the nursing director of our ophthalmic ASC.  In one way, my education and nursing experiences have prepared me to manage…

Ophthalmic Nurses Prepare for 2020

Project Officer, Lions Eye Donation Service
Organisation: Centre for Eye Research Australia

The World Health Organization (WHO) and International Council of Nurses announce that 2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife. This is to honour the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, and timed to launch the WHO State of the World Report on nurses and midwifes. [1] The IAPB community have embraced this opportunity…

Quality Assurance Enhances Quality of Care

Clinical Quality Assurance Advisor
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand

The role of Clinical Quality Assurance Advisor (CQAA) for Fred Hollows Foundation NZ was established to ensure consistency in standards of delivering high quality, safe effective care to patients across the Pacific and minimize clinical risk. My clinical portfolio is that of a registered nurse with an extensive background; senior clinical nurse in cardiac intensive…

Nurses Help Orbis Transform Lives

Ophthalmic Specialist Nurse, Head Nurse
Organisation: Orbis International

I have worked with Orbis International as Head Nurse and Ophthalmic Specialist Nurse, since July 2013. Orbis transforms lives through the world’s only ‘Flying Eye Hospital’ (FEH) working in over 96 countries worldwide.  Orbis provide training to doctors, nurses and biomedical engineers, as well as opens doors to Ministers of Health so that we can…

Educating Ophthalmic Nurses in Australia through EyeTeleC

Vice-President
Organisation: The Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association in NSW

To advance ophthalmic professional development, learning is very important. Expanding our skills and knowledge base ultimately also leads to better patient outcomes. In New South Wales (NSW), where I am the Vice-President of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association (AONA), we are implementing one such project.  The Eye TeleC project provides AONA NSW members, with ophthalmic…

Strengthening Ophthalmic Nurse Training in Botswana to promote UHC

Head of Ophthalmic Nursing Programme, Botswana

There is a global shortage of health care workforce, and this is especially acute in Africa. According to the WHO, nurses and midwives represent more than 50% of the current shortage in health workers. The shortage is also massive in the eye care sector, with a huge demand for ophthalmic nurses across the continent. A…

Working towards Health for All

Chief Business Development Officer
Organisation: Eye Foundation Hospital

Today, the Eye Foundation Hospital Group (EFHG) celebrates the hard work and contributions of nurses in healthcare for all. We recognize the contributions of our nursing professionals and their key role in our healthcare delivery system. To mark this special day, two of our nursing staff share their experiences. A richly rewarding experience – Mrs…

An Ophthalmic Nurse in Ifakara Town

Project Coordinator Tanzania
Organisation: Eye Care Foundation

Masumbuko Yohana Chaula (38) is an assistant ophthalmic nurse in Ifakara, Tanzania. Since an early age, she dreamt of becoming a nurse as she liked the idea of treating patients and looking after them. She was also impressed by the white coats nurses wear. Today, she is the nurse that she always wanted to become.…

Eye Care and the Role of Nursing in Kenya

Moses Orwe is an ophthalmic nurse at Homa Bay District Hospital in Kenya’s southwest. The hospital sees an average of 75 patients a day, 10 of whom will need eye surgery. The Fred Hollows Foundation spoke with Moses about his work in eye health and some interesting challenges he faces. “In Kenya, people don’t really…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Santoula Keo Manizay from Lao PDR

Regional Communications Coordinator - East Asia
Organisation: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ophthalmic nurse Santoula Keo Manizay is quiet and reserved but his actions speak louder than words. At just 31, he has checked more than 2,000 pairs of eyes and trained more than 1000 volunteer health workers in the most remote villages of Lao PDR. He is a true eye health champion. Santoula was a regular…

International Nurses’ Day Spotlight: Petronella Nichols

Regional Director: Africa
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

Petronella Nichols, MBA, Africa Regional Director, Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation on her journey from nursing to now… Can you describe your journey to becoming qualified as a nurse? Growing up in a country that defined my career prospects as a function of my ethnicity placed limitations on the careers to which one could aspire.…

Ophthalmic Nursing Assistants from L V Prasad Eye Institute are Making a Mark

Shobha Mocherla, Sreedevi Yadavalli, Chaitanya Nelluri on the difference Ophthalmic Nursing Assistants–a new cadre–are making. The Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant (ONA) is a relatively new cadre of human resources for eye care service delivery. They build capacity based on the concept of “task shifting” advocated by the World Health Organization (‘Working Together for Health’ Report 2006).…

Ophthalmic Nurses Play Crucial Role in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Marketing and Events Officer
Organisation: St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group

St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has been working to end preventable blindness in the occupied Palestinian territories for 137 years. Throughout our history, in one of the world’s most politically unstable regions, one constant has been the steadfast dedication of our medical and nursing staff.  Over 200 nurses have been trained through our…

Developing Nursing Capacity in Vietnam

Country Representative Vietnam
Organisation: Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation

On International Nurses Day, we look to Vietnam where the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation has been working to train and develop nursing capacity since 2008. Here are snapshots of four nurses from Hanoi in Vietnam. These awesome foursome benefitted from our refraction and spectacle dispensing training, changing their lives for the better. Huynh Phuong…

Collaboration the key to better eye health outcomes in Bangladesh

In Jessore, Bangladesh, one of the first things villagers see when Zinnat Ara approaches, is her big smile. After 10 years of work as a Maternal Health Worker (MHW), people come from everywhere to ensure she sees them. Zinnat visits about 20 houses and sees around 90 to 100 people a day in the Mollapara…