KMU-Institutes of Nursing Sciences and ICRC launched Nursing now campaign
The Khyber Medical University Institute of Nursing Sciences (KMU-INS) in collaboration with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) jointly observed International Nurses day on May 3, 2019 at multipurpose hall. The conference was sponsored by ICRC, Peshawar office which is working to improve nursing practice in merged tribal districts and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The event was attended by directors nursing from KP, principles nursing schools, nursing faculty, staff nurses, nursing associations of KP and student nurses of various institutes.
During the symposium 10 pre-conference workshops were organized on different topics related to nursing education, nursing research and nursing practice. Around 300 participants attended the workshop from across the province. Certificates were distributed amongst all the participants. Moreover, students presented their research topics through poster presentations.
Talks were made on different topics pertaining to nursing in KP and Pakistan by distinguished nurse leaders from across the province including Dr. Dildar Muhammad, Director KMU-INS, Health program manager ICRC, Dr. Chuiyki Youshida, Mr Charlotte Ifle, specialist nurse ICRC, Dr. Parveen Ali, Professor of Nursing University of Sheffield, Mr Faridullah: Deputy Director Nursing Health department KP, Ms. Sultania controller Nursing Examination Board KP.
On this occasion, the Vice Chancellor KMU, Professor Arshad Javed stressed that nurses are the backbone of any health system. He mentioned that KMU is working not only on enhancing the number of graduate nurses to cater the health needs of KP but it also strongly focuses on quality in nursing, medical and allied health sciences education.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Dildar Muhammad, Director KMU-INS, mentioned that currently Pakistan is facing an acute shortage of nurses and we need to upscale the production of nurses to cater to the health needs of the Pakistani population. He pointed out that according to international standards Pakistan needs 1.3 million more nurses. However, there shall be no compromise on the quality of nursing education.
Dr. Parveen Ali, from university of Sheffield stressed the importance of evidence based nursing practice. Mr. Faridullah, deputy director nursing emphasized that nursing directorate is working on the service structure of nurses as well for the timely promotion of nurses to next grades. Other speakers talked on different aspects of nursing education and practice in the province and Pakistan.