Education vital for effective nursing care

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CONTINUING education for health professionals is essential to safe and effective nursing care, said the chief executive officer of Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

“Continuous discussion and learning across all agencies involved in the healthcare process is imperative so that we can adapt and improve to meet changing needs,” said Dr Peter Tay during the 5th Cardiology Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals’ Conference held at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong.

Dr Tay said that in certain cases, translating new nursing knowledge into practice could take as long as 17 years.

“The amount of knowledge required to care for critically ill patients can’t be obtained simply through experience at a unit or at the bedside.

“Practicing at the bedside day after day doesn’t guarantee that a healthcare professional is current,” he added.

During an interview, Dr Tay said Brunei is currently at the forefront in terms of practices and technology.

“Gleneagles JPMC has always been introducing innovative treatments. For example, last year, we had (implanted) Micra, a leadless pacemaker. The year before, we had (surgery for) a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In this region, there aren’t many people who are doing LVAD surgery,” he added.

The Micra leadless pacemaker is currently the world’s smallest pacemaker and functions without the need for wires. It weighs about 2 grammes and is one-tenth the size of a normal pacemaker.

Meanwhile, the LVAD assists the heart to function with a continuously spinning rotor that helps circulate the blood and is attached to the left ventricle of the heart and the aorta.

The conference, themed ‘Putting Innovation into Practice, was attended by around 230 local and overseas participants comprising doctors, nurses and allied healthcare professionals from the public and private sectors.

During the event, nine speakers both international and local were invited to share their insights and experience in their respective fields which was followed by a question and answer session to discuss and explore the topics.

The Brunei Times