Arua nurse – Doris Okudinia crowned nurse of the year

Ms Doris Okudinia [2nd from right] with her Award on Tuesday.

On Tuesday 12, May 2020 in Kampala, Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) named its nurse of the year.

Ms Doris Okudinia who’s a nursing officer at Ediofe Health Centre III in Arua district was crowned nurse of the year for her selfless work and a recent role in saving life of a patient.

She was given an award by Daisy Foundation, an American organisation who focuses on the development of nursing profession across the globe.

Daisy Foundation gave her an “award of excellence”

All those who got the awards are examples to the rest and that this motivates others to work harder

Says Justus Kiplangat Cherop, President UNMU

Recently, through the Ministry of Health, she was offered a full Diploma study scholarship by Uganda Christian Institute’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in Lira.

Read more: UCI Lira offers Arua nurse who wheeled a patient to a hospital full study scholarship

She was among six Ugandan nurses who received awards for excellence in nursing profession – but she emerged top.

Beatrice Amuge, Commissioner, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Cecilia Adong, who has worked for the last 15 years without promotion, Annette Birungi, the treasurer of Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Union who introduced an online application for health workers and patients to interface were also awarded.

Others were Mary Najumba, and Roselyn Mutonyi Nalimbwua, the Assistant Commissioner of Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital was recognised for her leadership in treating the Coronavirus disease patients admitted at the hospital.

Mr Justus Kiplangat Cherop who’s the president of UNMU said the awards recognise the good efforts the Ugandan nurses do in carrying out their duties.

“All those who got the awards are examples to the rest and that this motivates others to work harder,” he added. 

He also revealed that UNMU has awarded a scholarship for degree in nursing to Ms Doris Okudinia.

“Ms Okudinia and all her colleagues who got the awards in recognition of their great efforts in saving lives in the country are congratulated,” says Angelah Ilakut, acting registrar UNMU.

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