12 May 2016 Current Affairs: President Pranab Mukherjee has presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards to thirty-five nursing personnel from across the country. They were presented with the award at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of International Nurses Day (12 May).
National Florence Nightingale Award : The Florence Nightingale Award was established by the Union Health Ministry to honour the selfless services rendered by Nurses with devotion, sincerity, dedication and compassion. The award is named after Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing. She was born on May 12, 1820 and the day is celebrated as International Nurses Day all over the world. The Award is given to the outstanding nursing personnel employed in Central, State/UTs. Nurses working in Government, Voluntary Organizations, Mission institutions and private institutions can also apply with due recommendation of concerned State Government. The Award carries 50,000 rupees cash award, a certificate, a citation certificate and a medal.