NURSING AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE HEALTH OF UMMAH
Nursing in Islam has developed long before if not the same time with birth of medical scholars and Islamic medicine. Their contributions to the health of ummah can be traced during the time of Prophet Muhammad and his sahabah. Though the Muslim nurses contribution is not well-publicized in books or journals of today, their stories are narrated throughout the years during the time of Islamic excellence and downfall both in the Holy Quran and Haditth. One of the areas where nurses play major roles is during war. Muslim nurses then are also involved in community services, social workers, resources person and help in development of Islam. Today in the time of peace nurses scope and contributions widens and expended. Nurses today are service providers, educator, researcer, policy makers, and politicans. They work locally and inernationally from the very smallest unit of health setting such as hospital to biggest health organization such as Center for Communicable Disease to the World Health Organization. The set back to all this is the lack of Muslim nurses in all the prestigious health agencies particularly world organizations.