PENJURU looks to join international organisations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (PENJURU) is looking to join the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to further strengthen local nurses’ networks with those outside Brunei.

President of PENJURU Datin Paduka Hjh Suraya Noraidah Abdullah told The Brunei Times that she is currently in the process of applying to join the “world level nursing and midwifery organisations” following PENJURU’s admission into the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation (CNMF) two years ago.

She said that having international membership to these organisations would further foster and strengthen bilateral relationships between Brunei and the participating countries.

It will also provide opportunities for local nurses and midwives to accumulate experience outside of Brunei while expanding their networks, she said.

“Not only can we share and exchange knowledge and practices with the participating countries in these organisations, we can also benefit from the scholarships and exchange programmes offered by them,” said the president.

She highlighted that exposure to the different cultural contexts and societies through work placements in hospitals or studies abroad can help enhance the expertise of nursing staff and midwives in Brunei.

She also raised similar objectives at the recent 3rd Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference held in London, UK, earlier this month.

“One of the things I mentioned (at the conference) was that member countries, especially developed countries such as the UK, should share their facilities and health programmes as they are known for their advancement in technology and are experts in the field of healthcare that we may lack in Brunei,” she said.

Held at London’s Royal College of Physicians, a total of 26 Commonwealth countries and three non-Commonwealth ones participated in the conference, said Datin Hjh Suraya.

She went on to say that being a member of international organisations exposes Brunei to foreign countries that are unaware of Brunei’s existence.

With this in mind, she pointed out that both herself and fellow staff nurse Azharuddin Hj Ahmad from the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital presented papers on Brunei at the international conference.

“Many did not know about Brunei, let alone the culture of Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) that is embedded and practised in our daily lives. By attending this international conference, many were interested and curious in knowing more about Brunei especially the cultural practise of MIB in our healthcare system,” she said.

The Brunei Times