Abu Dhabi: Nurses were honoured for their hard work during the month as International Nurses Day is marked in the UAE.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates this day globally to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale (1820 — 1910), who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing.

Under the theme "Delivering Quality, Serving Communities", Ambulatory Healthcare Services (AHS), which operates 24 clinics in Abu Dhabi emirate, marked International Nurses Day on Sunday.

Students and faculty of Higher College of Technology and Fatima College were invited as participants and special guests in recognition of their contribution to the profession of nursing in the future.

Dr John Evangelista, director of AHS, said: "Nursing plays an important yet challenging role in the health care delivery model. It is a job which is physically and mentally exhausting, but extremely satisfying on humanitarian grounds. We appreciate our nurses because they are dedicated to the well-being of the patients and to all those who seek their care."

He said AHS was proud of the level of health care service that it offers.

"The key credit for this goes to the commitment shown by our staff of experienced nurses," he said.