President Milanović Meets with Croatian Nurses Association Delegation

12. May 2021.

The President of the Republic Zoran Milanović received in his Office representatives of the Croatian Nurses Association on the occasion of International Nurses Day, which is observed on the 12th of May, the anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.

Representatives of the Croatian Nurses Association, President of the Association Tanja Lupieri and member of the association’s Supervisory Board bachelor of nursing Mirna Ignac acquainted President Milanović with the activities of the largest and oldest association in Croatia. They pointed out that nurses and medical technicians are by far the largest group of professionals in the Croatian healthcare system, comprising more than 50% of health professionals in the country.

At the meeting with President Milanović, the delegation members called attention to some of the problems faced by the nursing profession in Croatia, especially the lack of nurses in the Croatian healthcare system and an increasing number of them who are quitting the profession due to being overworked and underpaid. They emphasized that there is currently a shortage of some 4,000 nurses nationwide, but also highlighted the dedication nurses showed in treating patients with COVID-19.

Conveying his best wishes to all nurses on International Nurses Day, President Milanović paid tribute to their professionalism and dedicated work and to their contribution to preserving people’s health. The President also extended his support for the holding of the 9th Congress of the Croatian Nurses Association with international participation – Nursing without borders on the topic of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and earthquakes on nurses’ mental health.

Adviser to the President of the Republic for Education Jadranka Žarković attended the meeting alongside President Milanović.  

PHOTO: Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia / Dario Andrišek