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NATIONAL FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AWARD 2020 TO BRIG SARASWATI

NATIONAL FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AWARD 2020 TO BRIG SARASWATI

Context:

Recently, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Florence Nightingale Award 2020 to Deputy Director-General of Military Nursing Service Brigadier S V Saraswati. President conferred the award in a virtual ceremony for her immense contribution to the MNS as a nurse administrator.

National Florence Nightingale Award:

  • It is the highest national distinction a nurse can achieve for selfless devotion and exceptional professionalism.

Brig Saraswati:

  • She hails from the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and was commissioned into the MNS on December 28, 1983.
  • She has served in the MNS for more than 3 and a half decades, especially in perioperative nursing.
  • She has assisted in more than 3,000 lifesaving and emergency surgeries and has trained residents, operation room nursing trainees and auxiliary staff in her career.
  • She has represented the MNS in various national and international forums.
  • She has conducted multiple outreach activities for the troops and has trained more than a thousand soldiers and families in basic life support.

Different Awards Given to Her:

  • In recognition of her distinguished service in the nursing profession to the soldiers and their families, she was awarded General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Commendation (2005), United Nations Medal (MONOC) (2007) and Chief of the Army Staff Commendation (2015).

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