4th International Nursing Conference opens in Amman

[27-04-2013 10:25 PM]

Ammon News - AMMAN (Petra) Nursing education continues to be challenged to meet the demand of the new roles imposed on nurses by evolving health care services, HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein, Executive Director of the Jordan Nursing Council, said on Tuesday.

Addressing the opening session of the 4th International Nursing Council, she said education must have a sustaining influence on how future nursing students will think and respond to real health problems and clinical situations with a focus on patient-centered care. "Nursing education cannot survive the practice-academia chasm; it evidently needs to partner with service to achieve an enduring transformation that best meets these challenges".

"In real life, health professionals function within a system and with a team; their learning context should simulate the roles and the environment they will work in. They need to understand the system and learn to work in collaboration with the health care inter-disciplinary team," she added.

In a global world of drastically increased inter-dependence, she said, health care throughout the world is being molded by the same commanding forces, such as ageing populations, rapid urbanization, the spread of unhealthy lifestyles and, most intensely, the rise in non-communicable diseases.

Princess Muna reiterated that a new mind-set is needed by policy makers and planners to re-establish viable and responsive health care delivery systems. "Refurbished services need to rise above the traditional perspective of health planning, in which participation of care providers and beneficiaries is a requisite to improving health outcomes".

Minister of Health Mujally Mhailan also delivered a keynote address in which he pointed out challenges facing the nursing sector, such as the lack of female nurses. Jordan, he said, has taken action to address this challenge through setting up the Princess Muna Fund to provide female students who wish to become nurses with scholarships.

Other measures include setting up nurseries for children of nurses, providing them with transportation services to and from work, as well as incentives, the minister said.

Secretary General of the JNC, Daad Shuka, said the Council is ready to receive initiatives and work with health care providers to advance the profession and its members and work together to promote such changes.

The conference, entitled: "The Tipping Point: Creative Solutions to Health and Nursing Challenges", aims to shed light on innovative solutions to improve healthcare and nursing services and reach a consensus on future trends pertaining to the nursing sector. It also aims to enhance scientific research among members of the health and nursing community.

The two-day conference is bringing together representatives from 24 Arab and foreign countries.

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