UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak successfully organised the National Nursing Workshop:Putting Theory into Practice on Thursday, 29th May 2014 at the Syuen Hotel, Ipoh in conjunction with the Nurses Day. This workshop was aimed at bringing greater awareness on the issues of providing a more systematic approach to the nursing care, the best nursing practices and the nurses being accountable for their own actions.
The workshop attracted 180 participantsnurses from the private and public sectors, the Health Industry and institutions of higher learning.This workshop was a significant event for nurses to share a common platform of discussion through exchange of ideas and information.
Datuk (Dr) Zamani Md Noor, Chairman of UniKL RCMP in his opening remarks said that through this intellectual workshop the participants will get in-depth knowledgeon the role of nurses in the new millennium. "As we are experiencing new health issues such as SARS and the ‘Middle East Respiratory Syndrome' (MERS-CoV), I think this is the right time to have this educational discourse, as such discussion is necessary to re-evaluate nurse's roles and reinforce a meaningful approach to the practice of nursing in this country in general".
He added,"As a medical school UniKL RCMP has an important role not only towards the students but to the country at large. Working towards this goal, UniKL RCMP is giving greater emphasis to research as well as enhancing collaboration with the industrial sector to maintain a dominant presence as a medical institution in the country".
As the Chairman of UNIKL RCMP he was very much impressed by the hard work put into organizing this event and appreciated such effort in highlighting Ipoh positively. He hopedin future the organizing committee would be able to attract more professional health workers to participate in such workshops. As this is the first National Nursing Workshop held by the Nursing Programme of UniKL RCMP, he believes it is a good beginning and it is his fervent hope that the University can explore more areas of cooperation and collaboration in the future.
The workshop beganwith Matron Wan Marina binti Wan Ismail, Assistant Director of Nursing Malaysia, Nursing Division, and Ministry of Health Malaysia addressing the Issues of Nursing Practice in the Public Sector. She said that nurses face a lot of challenges today. Although strategic planning is being used to develop nursing practice and education programs of the future in the public sector, the changes aretoo rapid. Hence she urged the practicing nurses, nursing administrators and nursing educators to respond to the changes quickly as well as to be proactive to ensure quality health care is provided to the patients. She added the high quality of nursing care includes the unique way the nurses express themselves in caring for and about patients. This includes emphasis on communication and particular attention to address individual patient's needs Madam Mah Lai Hing, Executive Director of Nursing, KPJ Group of Hospitals,talked on the topic " Nursing Practice in the Private Sector". She explained that most people usually have the perception that in the public sector, the main focus is on delivering service whereas in private hospitals it is mostly about profitability."Today's patients know what they want when they come to our hospitals. They come to private hospitals because they expect VIP treatment. They want value for money and they are willing to reward you for the service that they are getting. They are not interested to know if you're having shortage of staff or any other shortcomings. What they care about is quality service. Thus the nurses especially in private hospitals are having a tough time meeting the demands from the public.
She ended her presentation by advising the young nurses to be effective, well prepared and ever ready to learn new things. "The more you show your performance the more people will recognise you".
Dr Mohamed Sultan, Consultant & Founder of Melorita Healthcare Group spoke on Malaysian Nurses in the Global Workplace: A Growing Force or Withering Flower. He said it is not easy for Asian nurses to penetrate the Middle East market as the Saudi prefer nurses from the West. The opportunities came in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. At that time all the western nurses evacuated theKuwait hospitals for their safety leaving a big vacuum to be filled. Opportunities were created and after 15 years,nurses from Malaysia and other Asian countries were finally accepted to work in the Middle East hospitals. Today, Malaysian nurses are highly sought after in the Middle East especially in Saudi Hospitals.
Since the opportunitypresents itself, he encouraged all the eligible participants to experience working abroad. "To penetrate the international market, Malaysian nurses need to update their clinical skills by attending educational seminars, workshops and conferences. Through this they can gain more experience, update their knowledge and mingle with the right people. They also need to have a good command of Englishto communicate with their international colleaguesat the work place. Working abroad is a rewarding experience and is an opportunity to become financially successful and get your dreams fulfilled.
He also advised the participants to display team spirit, leadership skills, and use common sense and discretion when making decisions. Mohammad Sultan said it's a normfornurses in Malaysia to rely solely on doctors' but in the international hospitals, the nurses need to be more independent and know when to make the right decision".
Other invited speakers were Matron Indiranee a/p Batumalai, Chief Matron, Hospital Raja PerempuanBainun, Ipoh representing Matron Tselvin a/p Subramaniam, Director of Nursing Malaysia, Secretary of Nursing Board Malaysia and Associate Prof Dr Khatijah Abdullah, Head of Department of Nursing Sience, Facukty of Medicine, University of Malaya.
The closing ceremony was graced by Mr. Hisshamuddin Omar, the Chief Executive& Head of Campus of Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak.
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