Ms Ajani’s research found that women tended to focus more on their family’s well-being while neglecting their own, thus leading to high blood pressure – a condition that affects one in three adults in Pakistan. (Photo taken prior to COVID-19.)

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The study also found that nurses can play a key role in developing a positive relationship with patients, which can help promote a deeper understanding of the need for self-care. It highlighted the need for professionals to move away from traditional health education strategies designed for the public towards individual more personalised healthcare regimes.

SONAM is the first institution in Pakistan to launch bachelor’s, master’s and PhD qualifications in nursing, opening up research, academic and teaching careers in the profession. Before the launch of these degree programmes, nurses could only aspire to study for diplomas, which limited their careers to clinical practice in public- or private-sector hospitals.

Ms Ajani has been associated with SONAM since 1997 and also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the School. She was the first candidate to enrol in the School’s PhD programme, which was launched in 2015, and currently serves as Assistant Dean of teaching, learning and undergraduate programmes at SONAM.