Brunei’s nursing development highlighted at China congress

President of the Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (Penjuru) Datin Paduka Hajah Suraya Noraidah binti Abdullah spoke on the ‘Development of Nursing and Midwifery Education in Brunei Darussalam’ at the Belt and Road International Nursing Congress at the Beijing International Convention Centre in China from September 5-7.

Three of the association’s executive committee (ExCo) members – Vice President Hajah Asmah binti Omar, Azharuddin Haji Ahmad and Dayangku Siti Khadizah binti Pengiran Haji Damit, also participated. The congress also focussed on the systems in healthcare, the role of health promotion, prevention strategies and the care of people. Topics on advanced nursing practice, leadership in nursing and nursing education were also discussed.

The international gathering saw presidents and leaders of nursing as well as thousands of nurses from around the globe coming together to explore ways on how nurses work towards achieving universal access to health and identify professional priorities and the future direction of the nursing profession.

The congress also brought together nursing individuals and expertise in nursing policies, development management, innovation, information technology and evidence based practice. Among the attendees were Chief Nurse of the World Health Organization (WHO) Elizabeth Iro, President of the International Council of Nurses Annette Kennedy, the Chief Nurse of International Committee of the Red Cross and presidents of 41 nurses associations across the globe.

Penjuru in a press release stated that the President of the Chinese Nursing Association invited the Penjuru President and its members to attend the 110th anniversary of the Chinese Nursing Association as well as the Belt and Road International Nursing Congress. It added that other nursing associations in the region were also invited to attend the two events.

Penjuru President Datin Paduka Hajah Suraya Noraidah binti Abdullah with attendees at the congress. PHOTO: PENJURU

Healthcare and nursing cooperation make up an important part of the Belt and Road Initiative and has received strong support from the WHO and other international organisations.

Among the areas explored were: to promote exchange of advanced conceptions, experience, and educational and management methods for common progress and work to develop a platform for professional exchange under the Belt and Road Initiative; facilitate the establishment of a cooperation network; and encourage professional exchange among countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

The release stated that six areas were identified: to improve leadership, policy influence and management capability in the field; to promote professional education and the exchange and training of nurses; to explore research and development cooperation; to jointly work on the standards of clinical practice; to communicate on healthcare management and practice in primary healthcare, community-based care, elderly care, maternal and children’s care, and palliative care; and to promote development of nursing and healthcare services.

The Belt and Road Initiative recognises the fundamental role of long-term cooperation in the field of nursing while respecting cultural differences, as well as promoting academic exchange in nursing to strengthen the profession in their own countries and in other countries involved in the initiative.