Meet S.V. Sarasvati, the woman to receive the highest national distinction award as an exceptional nurse.

Brigadier S.V Sarasvati was felicitated with the Florence Nightingale Award by the President for her exceptional years of service. Here’s all you need to know about her.

Named after an English reformer and founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, the namesake award is a national honor presented to nurses for their distinguished and selfless service. Nursing is a well-respected profession dedicated to caring for the sick and their needs. The award is the highest national distinction a nurse can achieve for her dedication and professionalism towards their work.

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This year, it was bestowed upon Brigadier S.V Sarasvati for years of excellent service in medicine. President Ram Nath Kovind felicitated her in a virtual ceremony amid COVID regulations. “As a renowned operation theatre nurse, she has assisted in more than 3,000 lifesaving and emergency surgeries and has trained residents, operation room nursing trainees, and auxiliary staff in her career,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

Brigadier Sarasvati is currently the Deputy Director-General of the Military Nursing Service (MNS). Over the course of her career, she has conducted several training programs for the soldiers. She has also trained soldiers and their families in basic life-support skills. She has worked for various army hospitals pan-India and also the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces in Congo. Prior to assuming her present position, she has held many clinical and administrative appointments.

Other than this, Brigadier Sarasvati has several accolades to her name. She has received the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Commendation (2005), the United Nations Medal (MONOC) (2007), and the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation for her outstanding service (2015); as reported by the ANI.

Brigadier Saravasti hails from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. She joined the Military Nursing Service in 1983 and has been working with utmost dedication for the past 35 years. She has mainly worked in preoperative nursing. She has had an exemplary career and has served the nation with full devotion and commitment, bringing several military soldiers and their family members back to health.

We at Fuzia salute her and congratulate the Brigadier for her achievements and the recent award.

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