Nursing Seminar 2019

Continuing professional development focuses on values of “competence, compassion and collaboration” in line with hospitals’ tagline, “Hands that treat, Hearts that heal”.

Johor Bahru, 20 April 2019 — Regency Specialist Hospital (立康医院) (RSH), Johor and Mahkota Medical Centre (仁爱医院) (MMC), Melaka today jointly organized their inaugural Nursing Seminar to share knowledge and best practices with more than 200 nurses at Renaissance Hotel, Johor Bahru. The event was held in conjunction with International Nurses’ Day.

With a strong focus on nursing passion and care, and echoing the hospitals’ tagline, “Hands that treat, Hearts that heal”, the seminar featured 10 local and regional speakers, most of whom are pioneers and experts in their respective fields. Among the presenters were Professor Annie Koh, Vice President of Business Development, Singapore Management University (SMU) who delivered the keynote address, “Core values in nursing: Compassion, Competence and Collaboration”. Also, on hand to deliver a presentation on the “Future of Nursing” was Ms Lee Yee Kew; Associate Professor Dr. Wong Yin Onn of Monash University who shared useful tips on “Stress Management: Coping with Compassion Fatigue”; Ms Lock Lih Ping of HMI Institute of Health Sciences Singapore (新康学院) who spoke on “Harnessing Technology for Nursing Education” and Associate Professor Dr. Rishya Manikam of University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine who focused on “Effective Communication” in healthcare.

The seminar also saw a presentation by Mdm Lucia Voon, MSQH Chief Surveyor on “Fostering Excellence in Nursing”. Participants had the chance to develop a better understanding of the pros and cons of the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic nurses in advanced healthcare as the event culminated with a simulated debate amongst nurses from different hospitals. The debate titled,” Can robots replace nursing in future?” captured some scintillating and compelling arguments from the proposing team, Ms Loo Siew Mei of MMC and Irene Quah of Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) and opposing team, Ms. Linarose Luthursamy and Ms Gurcharan Kaur of RSH.

Remarking on the nursing seminar, Serena Yong (杨美力), Chief Executive Officer of Regency Specialist Hospital said, “As a growing comprehensive healthcare provider, RSH values manpower development in the industry. Nurses play a vital role in the sustainability of a hospital as they connect all the people from patients, patients’ families, doctors and other hospital staff together in administering care for the best possible outcome. They support both the emotional and physical needs of the patient.

“These eyes have seen pain; these hands have treated wounds and these hearts have healed internal pain. These people, the nurses play an indispensable role in clinical care and hospital operations that warrant both healthcare provider and community attention and appreciation.”

“We feel that the sharing of knowledge and best practice is important as a form of upskilling and continuing professional development in nursing and healthcare. As a patient-centred organization that values the delivery of exceptional care, we are compelled to do our part in sharing knowledge and expertise so that together, we can raise the standards of nurses in the industry,” she added.

Judging from the encouraging response to the seminar, Yong concluded that the two hospitals will likely organize more of such seminars in the future.
The seminar ended with a closing address from Mr Stanley Lam (林湕橃), Chief Executive Officer at Mahkota Medical Centre who commented that as healthcare providers we are committed and want to encourage more of such sharing of knowledge to raise the bar of industry standards for nursing care.

Source: The Star and Bernama

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