Message from Dr. Manivannan Selvaraj,
Founder and Managing Director, Kauvery Hospitals


Dr. Manivannan Selvaraj

On the occasion of the launch of the NIGHTINGALE!

Dear Kauverians,

The KAUVERIAN e-Journal has already become a part of our working life, as it speaks up, unfailingly, every fortnight.

Now we are ready to hear the NIGHTINGALE sing!

The inaugural issue carries papers from our nurses. Other health care staff shall join in subsequent issues.

The name of the journal is a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the ‘Lady with the Lamp’. She became famous in history through her work during the Crimean War (1854-1856).

She applied the concepts of evidence-based nursing (EBN) a century ago. She collected data, utilized statistics and established guidelines for health care.

Nightingale looked at statistics for surgical operations from the viewpoint of surgical outcomes. She presented a paper on “Statistics in Surgery and Surgical Outcomes” at the Berlin meeting of the International Statistical Congress in 1863.

She believed that: “Improved statistics would tell us more of the relative value of particular operations and modes of treatment than we have any means of ascertaining at present. The truth thus ascertained would enable us to save life and suffering, and to improve the treatment and management of the sick.”

She supervised the modernization of nursing, advised governments on health reform, launched sanitary improvements in Britain and India, and influenced hospital design.

She established the first School of Nursing and Midwifery in the UK, at St Thomas Hospital and King’s College London.

She published dozens of books and articles on public health.

Queen Victoria awarded her the Royal Red Cross in 1883. King Edward VII awarded her the Order of Merit in 1907, the first woman to receive it.

t is our hope that Kauvery Nurses would take the example of Madam Florence Nightingale to their hearts and minds and set an example to the rest of the country and the world by their achieving high standards in nursing care, by their culture of learning and teaching, by advancing nursing sciences by research, and by its presentation and publication in national and international forums.

The NIGHTINGALE shall be their launch pad to such flights into nursing excellence.