The School of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM) is an active member of the nursing professional bodies of Pakistan. These bodies are responsible for setting and approving curricula for various nursing programmes offered in the country, providing licenses for practice and developing policies to improve the quality of health care provided by nurses and midwives.
Pakistan Nursing Council
The Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), established in 1948, is an autonomous, regulatory body constituted under the Pakistan Nursing Council Act (1952, 1973). It is empowered to register (license) Nurses, Midwives, Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) and Nursing Auxiliaries to practice in Pakistan.
For more information: Pakistan Nursing Council
Pakistan Nurses, Midwives Federation
The Pakistan Nurses, Midwives Federation (PNF), a successor to the Trained Nurses Association works for the welfare and betterment of nurses, midwives and health visitor in the country.
For more information: Pakistan Nurses, Midwives Federation
Nursing Leaders' Forum
AKU-SONAM leads an advocacy group for nurses and midwives with representations from the Pakistan Nursing Council; Pakistan Nurses, Midwives Federation; Midwifery Association of Pakistan, deans and directors of the nursing and midwifery schools; and nurse leaders and managers from the clinical practice areas in Sindh.
The Nursing Leaders' Forum (NLF) aims to empower nurse leaders in Pakistan to work for the sustained development of the profession through an alliance between the public and private sectors.
Enhancement of the nursing profession in Pakistan in order to improve the quality of nursing education, practice and research.
The Goals of the Forum are:
- To create a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst its members and lead the development of relevant nursing policies, strategies, rules and regulations based on identified issues.
- With PNC, PNF and other collaborative partners, NLF aims to play an active role in the advancement of high-quality nursing education and practice in order to improve quality of care towards the population.
- To promote evidence-based practice through research, continuing education and modelling culturally appropriate practices.
- To be a collective voice for issues related to nursing and the health of the people in Pakistan; develop and promote strategies that support and advocate public health policy.
NLF is in the process of expanding its membership to nurse leaders across all the provinces of Pakistan. If you would like to know more about the Forum or wish to be a part of it, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org