The College of Nursing at Sultan Qaboos University celebrated International Nurses Day under the patronage of. Dr. Said Al Yahyaee, DVC for Academic Affairs & Community Service yesterday.
Dr. Raghda Shukri, delivered the opening note for the gathering, in which she shed light on the ‘Independent Status’ gained by the College of Nursing at SQU, which prompts its members to raise their innovative standards to meet the challenges of Nursing Education. The significance of Quality, Innovation, Care and Community Service in Nursing Education was also highlighted. She urged nursing professionals to enhance themselves to keep pace with the escalating demands of global health standards. She concluded that innovation and creativity are to be merged in all our endeavors to function as a successful and world recognized University.
The symposium on “Delivering Quality Nursing, Innovations in Education & Practice” was a reflection on the Nurses Day theme by renowned Nursing leaders from various facets of the Nursing field in Oman. Dr. Anice George Jain, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing (SQU) moderated the symposium.
‘Quality Assurance’ a term often used in industrial background has now created a wave of changes in the Nursing Profession. A brief introspection about Quality Assurance in Higher Education was presented by Ms. Sameera Al-Rawahi, Quality Assurance Coordinator for Academic Affairs (Directorate of Education & Training - MOH). She reviewed the responsibility of the Oman Accreditation Committee in Quality Assurance and the process of Quality Audit which requires the reviewers to include commendations, affirmations and recommendations for the institute audited. Her presentation gave an overview on the nine domains requiring excellence in a higher education system.
Sally Perumaul Senior, RGN (Armed Forces Nursing Service), briefed on the connectivity of Quality Care with Professionalism and Standards of Practice. She cited Parker’s (2006) definition of professionalism, which involves a set of attributes (knowledge, application skills, ethical conduct, accountability / responsibility & effective communication). Each of these attributes was elaborated with practice-oriented situations. She cumulated these findings as ‘Professionalism Care’
Longevity of Life, Mushrooming of Newer Diseases and Increasing Incidences of Road Traffic Accidents has weighed heavily on the health industry in Oman. Ms. Carol A. Moss, Nursing Superintendent (Royal Hospital); vibrated this feeling and conveyed that High Dependency Units are the victim of these changing health situations. She reflected on how Royal Hospital has adapted to these global health changes. She retrospectively presented on the provision of Quality Care provided and envisioned on how the health industry is preparing to combat the future needs of High-Dependency units.
Prevention of fall has been a topic of importance for nurses all over the world. Ms. Phang Ph Looi, Nursing Coordinator (SQUH) stated that this overwhelming problem requires attention and detailed on a 12-steps process, which have effectively prevented falls at SQUH. She projected this effectiveness by the decline in the incidence of in-patient falls in recent years and by comparing the ratio between annual admissions with the patient-fall rate. In conclusion, she verbalized that creating awareness coupled with health promotive strategies are nurses’ weapons to combat fall among in-patients.
Novelties in Nursing Education have gained prime importance in the education field and nurse educators are in the trial to introduce successful teaching methodologies and evaluative strategies. Dr. Jolly Jose, Associate Professor (College of Nursing – SQU) directed the proceedings to focus on the changing scenes in Nursing Education and posed introspective questions about the effectiveness of the current curriculum. She further suggested strategies to organize learning experiences to the current trends in Nursing Education. Strengthening active learning was the crux of her deliberation. Her speech ended on a note about competencies required by nurse educators to empower global educational standards.
The presentation by the experts was followed by an open discussion that resonated the following opinions:
• Health ministers of the GCC have a proposal to establish nursing council in all the Gulf countries
• Omani nursing students with a post-graduate degree from other countries are strategically placed in a position to apply the knowledge gained to the educational context existing in Oman. In fact, transferring knowledge into practice is Innovation
• The practice of professionalism stems from self-motivation and self-direction
• An increase in the strength of intensive care units will not abolish the high-dependency units. These units require nursing care which is less intensive but more persistent
• The priority in preventing fall among hospitalized patients is to create an awareness about fall preventing strategies among patients at risk for falls
• The college of nursing at SQU has to actively implement innovative teaching – learning strategies to meet the change in learning experiences
The moderator of the symposium, Dr. Anice George Jain concluded the symposium and cumulated the proceedings by stating that seeking creative and innovative solutions is a continuous process in Nursing Profession. She also emphasized that Nurses are in a position to provide equitable, safe and effective services to the community. She reminded the gathering that this day coincides with the Quality Audit taking place at Sultan Qaboos University and urged the members to join hands with the university for Quality Maintenance and Improvement.
Mrs. Sreedevi, Clinical Instructor at the College of Nursing (SQU), voiced the resolution of the Nursing Community based on the deliberation of the symposium. Some of these affirmations are stated below:
• Nursing Institutes will be prepared to a Quality Audit
• Nursing Standards will be based on evidence
• Active learning will be fostered in Nursing Education
• High Dependency Nursing Care will be a blooming specialty in the future
In connection with the conference an exhibition featuring health issues of importance, significant research findings and innovation in nursing profession were depicted.