Pacific nurses raise regional concerns

Thursday October 18, 2018 Written by Published in Health
Cook Islands nurses (left) Denise Puangi, Maryanne Pukeiti, Tohoa Cummings, Edwina Tangaroa and Parau Ngamata Nio. 18101707 Cook Islands nurses (left) Denise Puangi, Maryanne Pukeiti, Tohoa Cummings, Edwina Tangaroa and Parau Ngamata Nio. 18101707

Pacific agents from various global organisations took part in discussions with Pacific country delegates at the 19th South Pacific Nursing Forum (SPNF) yesterday at the National Auditorium in Avarua.

 

The panel consisted of International Council of Nurses (ICN) Associate Director of Nursing and Health Policy David Stewart, ICN Associate Director of Global Education Professor Jill White, World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Nurse Liz Iro, Vice President of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Mary Kirk with Nikki Rattle as Chairperson.

WHO Chief Nurse Liz Iro said: “This is a great opportunity for member countries.

“This allows dialogue on what matters are of concern such as regulations, the workforce and the opportunity to converse directly to the international delegates.”

The issues raised included how nurses and midwives in the Pacific nations address the challenges they face to ensure an educated, competent and motivated workforce; and how global administrations can support these concerns.

Trials that Pacific countries face when interacting with worldwide establishments were voiced by participants and whether the international bodies address and respond to the concerns of small island nations.

Today, the final day of the forum, has sessions focused on “Transforming Nursing and Midwifery Practice.”  

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