Spain hosts International Research Conference.
Subject: Nursing services (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Research institutes (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Panikkamannil, Jacob
Pub Date: 02/01/2012
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 1
Product: Product Code: 8510000 Research & Development; 8519000 Research & Development NEC NAICS Code: 5417 Scientific Research and Development Services
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Spain Geographic Code: 4EUSP Spain
Accession Number: 282425958
Full Text: More than 550 nurses representing 55 countries attended the 15th International Nursing Research conference in Madrid, Spain. It was held over three days last November at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon in Ibiza. The keynote speaker was director of the United States non-government organisation, The Truth About Nursing, Sandy Summers. She presented on the media image of nursing and how to empower nurses to change media and public perceptions of the profession. She challenged media stereotypes of nursing and identified the huge gap between the media portrayal of what nurses do and what they actually do. The undervaluing of the profession within the media reinforced the underfunding of the profession, both within education and in research, she said. She believes the current global shortage of nurses is leading to millions of unnecessary deaths. She pointed to evidence showing mortality rates increased by 31 per cent in a health care environment where nurses' workloads had doubled due to nursing shortages. Nurses saved lives and were still the largest body of health professional providing care for the world's growing population.

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Among some significant concurrent sessions I attended was one by a speaker from Thailand who discussed the complex and sensitive issues of parents' experiences when giving informed consent for their children when they required surgery. Parents were concerned that consent related only to issues of professional liability and they felt pressured to sign, while other participants trusted the surgeons and signed the consent so the child could receive the treatment.

A presentation from Turkey explored the effects of hospital room-mates on pre-operative anxiety levels. The study established that patients who had three room-mates before their operation had been less anxious than those with one room-mate. Patients who had post-operative room-mates also appeared to have reduced anxiety.

A presenter from Finland discussed the importance of undergraduate cultural competency training programmes. The training supported students to adapt to different cultural contexts and, although they reported both positive and negative experiences, they were more able to adapt when moving between different countries.

A Jordanian nurse explained how intimate partner violence directly affected the health of refugee women. A Canadian group had developed an effective research solution to reducing the medication administration errors when dealing with look-alike medication names.

The final speech at the end of the conference was delivered by University of Toronto nursing professor Sioban Nelson, who spoke on the regulatory authorities and the importance of on-going competence assessments, giving a worldwide perspective on the challenges facing the nursing profession.

I would like to thank the Nursing Education and Research Foundation, the Harry Hamblin Trust and the Auckland region's Pollard Fund for the grants that enabled me to attend this world-class conference.

Report by NZNO convenor, operating rooms, Starship Children's Health, Auckland District Health Board, Jacob Panikkamannil
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