International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 12th, and this year, the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) joins in celebrating nurses everywhere, especially those who work with children. Nurses are an essential part of the healthcare system and provide critical care to patients in need.
Pediatric nursing is a specialized field that requires a great deal of patience, skill, and compassion. Pediatric nurses work with children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, providing a range of healthcare services. They play a critical role in caring for children who are sick, injured, or have complex medical conditions.
One of the exceptional pediatric nurses in Nigeria is Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi. As a Nurse Leader, Comrade Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi is focused on innovative ways of expanding Pediatric Surgery, Nursing/Midwifery education, Birth Defects Surveillance, and nutrition. She is a member of several professional associations, assisting in providing technical support in many technical groups. Comrade Lawal has been one of the Internal Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Abstract Reviewers since 2016 and is an alumna of the Global Nursing Leadership Initiative (GNLI) and one of the site coordinators for the University of Washington eLearning (USA).
Currently, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Care Foundation (SBH) and MARCH Care Initiative (MCI). She is the pioneer of Birth Defect Surveillance in Nigeria and also served as the first and immediate Past President of the National Association of Nigeria Pediatric Nurses (NANPAN). She is also a board member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS).
Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi is an outstanding example of the commitment, dedication, and expertise that pediatric nurses bring to their work every day. She has been recognized by her peers and colleagues for her hard work and exceptional patient care. Her contributions to the field of pediatric nursing have made a significant impact, and her work has helped to improve the lives of many children in Nigeria and beyond.
Pediatric nurses play a critical role in ensuring that children receive the best possible care. They work with doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans and provide ongoing care to children with complex medical conditions. They also provide emotional support to children and their families, helping to ease their fears and concerns during what can be a challenging and stressful time.
As we celebrate International Nurses Day, we recognize the important role that pediatric nurses play in the lives of children around the world. They are truly unsung heroes who work tirelessly to ensure that children receive the best possible care, and we are grateful for their dedication and commitment to their work. We salute them and say thank you for all that they do.