Over 500 nurses to attend symposium next week

The 13th annual Nurses Symposium is scheduled to take place in Lae, Morobe Province from October 10-14 with more than 500 nurses expected to attend.

Preparations are well underway and nurses from both urban and rural hospitals and health facilities will travel into Lae for the week-long event.

The symposium is partly hosted by the PNG Nurses Association (PNGNA) with the theme “Nurses: A force for change, improving and strengthening health system’s resilience through public, private partnership.”

PNGNA acting vice president Fredrick Kebai explained that the theme is in line with the Government’s free health care policy where the nurses are agents of change and implementers of policies.

Kebai said the symposium is the only avenue where research papers will be presented and nurses will learn through the knowledge shared.

He said the nurses will gain new skills to be better equipped so that they can go back to their workplace and provide quality health care to the people.

The symposium will involve stakeholders including the National Department of Health.

NDoH will be presenting on the updated policies for the rural nurses who do not have access to this information.

Other stakeholders including Nambawan Super and National Teachers Insurance Limited will market their products and promote their policies which will be beneficiary to the nurses.

Kebai thanked all sponsors for the support including the NDoH, the Morobe Provincial Government and the National Gaming and Control Board for assisting with K100,000.

Quintina Naime