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5th Nursing Symposium – King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre – Jeddah


Global nursing leaders congregated in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the 1-2 May 2011, to participate in the 5th Nursing Symposium. The event was hosted by King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Gen Org, Jeddah Branch.

The event focused on the importance of nurses defining who they are, what they do and how research can improve nursing workflow. This included discussions on how to apply the latest technology tools and evidence-based content to improve the health of communities.

Several of the key note presentations are included here – unfortunately not all can be covered.

Dr. Sandy Lovering, CNO, KFSH Jeddah, and her team have developed a nursing model called “the crescent of care.” This is a research-based approach to nursing care, encompassing cultural and Islamic expectations of patients. The model covers the mother in labour, newborn care and end of life resuscitation considerations. Trans-cultural nursing is a focus for Dr. Lovering.

Dr. Karen Morin, RN, PhD, president of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), discussed the importance of creating an environment of excellence in healthcare. This includes an environment that is healthy and welcoming and appeals across generations. The role STTI plays in fostering this globally was also described.

Dr. Nancy Albert, RN, PhD, director of Nursing Research and Innovation for Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, U.S., discussed the importance of evidence-based medicine in nursing. She shared some dramatic results of changes due to research. Her focus was how to drive nursing research into mainstream hospital nursing so that excellence moves forward.

Roy L. Simpson, RN, C, DPNAP, FAAN, Vice President, Nursing, Cerner, discussed the importance of nurses defining who they are and what they do to translate that effectively into electronic models of care.

Deirdre Stewart, PG, Dip, HCI, RGN, RPN, Director, Cerner Middle East, addressed the importance of having nursing leadership engaged in the overall HIS process. This ensures their vision and strategy are accurately represented in the electronic models of care which are created.

The closing ceremony was hosted by Dr. Tariq Linjawi, executive director of KFSH Jeddah.

Many thanks to the organizing team from King Faisal Specialist Hospital, for the invitations to collaborate, network, learn and educate. We look forward to the 6th Symposium.

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