| James Kon |
THE Ministry of Health yesterday urged nurses and allied healthcare professionals to pursue continuing education not only for their personal development but also for the betterment of the nation’s healthcare industry. This is to provide consistency, excellent quality and safe service in ensuring that the patients, families and the country are given the highest standard of compassionate care contributing to a higher standard of living and quality of life which is in line with the ministry’s Vision 2035, ‘Together towards a healthy nation’.
This was highlighted by Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, in her speech at the launching of the 4th Cardiology Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Conference held yesterday at the Royal Berkshire Hall of Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.
Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila said, “When nurses and allied healthcare professionals begin pursuing their career in the healthcare field, it does not mean that their academic pursuits should end. Continuing education is available in a variety of forms across all levels of experience to help further develop their knowledge and skills to keep abreast with the ever-changing technologies and practices.”
She added, “The academic choices and desires of each nurse or allied professional vary and the applicable continuing education options are diverse. Once nurses and allied healthcare professionals advance into more specialised roles, they will continue to develop professionally, ensuring the resources required develop efficient and high quality health services in Brunei Darussalam.”
Besides caring for a population experiencing an increasing incidence of lifestyle-related non communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary artery disease, cancer, stroke, overweight and obesity, she said, “Nurses and allied healthcare professionals are also not spared from infectious diseases such as the re-emergence of tuberculosis, SEARS pandemic influenza, MERS and now Ebola.”
Therefore, she added, “The responsibility of the healthcare services has become heavier as they need to guide and advise the society to continuously maintain health through a clean environment, healthy lifestyle and habits focusing on promotion, preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures throughout the life course.”
The Permanent Secretary reminded that the Ministry of Health encourages all healthcare professionals to maintain a high degree of professionalism with a sense of commitment by being compassionate when delivering services through values such as care, empathy and respect for human dignity.
Organised by Gleneagles JMPC, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Advancing towards excellence in practice’.
The one-day conference focused on a range of topics reflective of medical and surgical cardiology practices, both for nurses and allied healthcare professionals. About 200 nurses, allied healthcare professionals and doctors attended the conference.