Jammu and Kashmir News
Srinagar: For her dedicated service as an educationist and practitioner, 53-year-old Munira Kachroo was given the National Florence Nightingale Award-2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee on International Nurses Day.
She is not the first person to be receiving this award from the Valley. Before her, four others have made it to the list. Rehana Kousar, Rafiqa Bashir, Rehana Akhter and Hassina Wani have been honoured .
Kachroo is the associate professor at the Mader-i-Meharban Institute of Nursing Sciences and Research in Srinagar. She is the first doctorate in nursing from the state. She has worked her way up in the nursing hierarchy in J&K with hard work and motivation to serve. She has been active even during the peak of militancy, curfew, boycotts and even during the natural disasters in the valley. She is serving for the past two decades and has written five books, including “Care in Pregnancy” and has several international publications to her credit.
Kachroo is married to a bank official from Gulshan Nagar in Srinagar. She grew up in the old city locality of Haba Kadal. She is sixth of the seven children of her parents. All of her siblings were given good education by their parents. She dedicated her award to her parents and her maternal uncle late Abdul Rehman Kachroo for their role in providing her the best education.
She did her BSc from Government Women College, Nawa Kadal, Srinagar, in 1980. Later she joined Delhi University for BSc (Honours) in nursing and after completion, she joined Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, in 1984 as a nursing practitioner. She took leave from her job at SKIMS for two years to complete her Post Graduation in nursing from Delhi University in 1989.
Having lost both her parents, she wished they were alive to see her receiving the award from the President. She believes her most important career decision was returning to Delhi University for her master’s degree so she could become part of the nursing leadership team.After serving in SKIMS for sometime, she opted for PhD in 2009 in obstetrics and obstetrical nursing. She completed the study on Anaemic, Diabetic and other high-risk pregnant women in 2014.
She hopes to inspire both the nursing students and practicing nurses with her work and with its recognition. She looks forward to some major challenges in order to improve the healthcare facilities in the hospitals of the Kashmir valley.
According to her, the stigma attached to the Nursing profession has been chased away and more and more women are approaching this stream.