Zhang Jinyuan, 94, a winner of the Florence Nightingale Medal, has received the International Council of Nurses and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation International Achievement Award for this year.
The award is offered biennially to a practicing nurse with at least 10 years of nursing experience in one of the following domains of nursing: direct care, education, management or research.
She has been engaged in nursing work for more than 70 years. Officially retiring in 1993, Zhang still volunteers to visit and care for the elderly and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
In 2000, Zhang and other 16 retired colleagues together set up the Jiangxi Red Cross caring center, providing caring service at community level. By 2023, the center has 19,251 volunteers to provide services to more than 700,000 residents at 350 communities in 19 provinces, regions and municipalities across the country.
Zhang, a nurse at Nachang First Hospital in Nanchang, capital city of East China's Jiangxi Province, won the Florence Nightingale Medal, the world's highest nursing honor, in 2003.