‘Give nurses chance to improve their skills’

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THE president of the Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (PENJURU) yesterday stressed the need to provide opportunities for nurses to upgrade their professional knowledge and skills.

Datin Paduka Hjh Suraya Noraidah Abdullah said nurses are pivotal to health services, and they can anticipate what should be done in providing care for patients.

“Nurses must be given the opportunity to upgrade themselves,” said Datin Hjh Suraya when sharing her views on the occasion of the annual International Nurses Day, which is observed around the world today.

“Nurses should be sent for further training,” she said, referring to nursing courses either in the country or abroad to help enhance the expertise of nursing staff.

She said this was also addressed during the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference in London in March. Speaking at the conference, she told participants that in some countries, nurses face challenges when trying to further their education.

Therefore, she said, in an effort to improve nurses’ knowledge and skills, PENJURU in collaboration with other relevant parties has been organising workshops, seminars and talks whereby an array of topics are discussed.

Citing an example, she said seminars pertaining to nursing-related issues, including a leadership conference, were conducted previously.

PENJURU has also organised a conference specifically to address and highlight the importance of the concept of Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) in the nursing and midwifery profession in Brunei.

They have also organised seminars whereby current issues were addressed such as the implementation of Syariah Law.

To mark International Nurses Day this year, PENJURU in collaboration with the nursing department at the Ministry of Health is organising prayers at Masjid Al-Meerah Al-Hajjah Maryam in Kg Jerudong starting from 5.30pm today. There will also be prayers for deceased nurses and to celebrate newly converted nursing staff.

Throughout the year, the association is planning to organise charity events, a seminar on cancer awareness and a number of religious activities.

Currently, there are over 2,000 nurses, midwives and paramedics – who are registered with the Brunei Darussalam Nursing Board – that are members of PENJURU.

“PENJURU has a role to play in supporting the government’s initiative to develop the best potential of its members,” Datin Hjh Suraya said.

The association is in the process of applying for admission to the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and is also looking to join the International Council of Nurses (ICN), a world body with 132 member countries. Currently, PENJURU is a member of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.

Under this year’s theme of ‘Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience’, the ICN produces and distributes its International Nurses Day Kit containing educational and public information materials that among other things analyse the increasing challenges that health systems are facing, how nurses can improve organisational resilience and how nurses can strengthen and develop resilience within themselves and their colleagues so that they can fully commit to the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals targets.

The Brunei Times