Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: The Challenge for Filipino Nurses Leading Chronic Care

The Call of the 88th Foundation Anniversary and 53rd Nurses’ Week Celebration
By Elery Michelle S. Crisostomo, RN
Faculty Mamber-SHS

“Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: The Challenge for Filipino Nurses’ Leading Chronic Care” , the theme for the 2010 Philippine Nurses Association National Convention held last October 26-28, 2010 at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel Manila was attended by Camille Corazon Alejandro and Elery Michelle Crisostomo, faculty members of the School of Health Sciences-. This year’s theme was adapted from the International Council of Nurses (ICN) which aims to tackle the challenge on the increasing number of cases on chronic conditions in the recent years such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer that results to increase morbidity.

The 3-day annual convention served as an ideal opportunity for nurses all over the country to be updated on the different developments on effective nursing care and management of the different chronic diseases- that are all know life threatening but preventable. The speakers also discussed developments in the fields of education, nursing, medicine and general wellness.

The highlights of this year’s convention was to increase the awareness of the participants about new insights and perspectives that will enhance the nursing care delivery and affirm the nurse’s vital role in health promotion and disease prevention using Primary Health Care as a strategy. The highest recognition for Filipino nurses,the Anastacia Giron Tupas Award 2010 was given to Hon. Ruth R. Padilla who reminded us that our profession is unique. In addition to this recognition Hon. Padilla was also appointed as Consultant of Nursing Affairs of the Department of Health.

The opening ceremony last October 26 was graced by the Hon. Secretary of Health Enrique V. Ona who gave his keynote speech regarding the 6 year health agenda of the new administration and how the nursing sector can contribute to the accomplishment of the program on universally accessible and affordable health care for the Filipino people. A welcome address was given by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim who emphasized employment for nurses.

The General Assembly was a forum for the members to raise burning issues and concerns that affect the delivery of quality nursing care, specifically , the issue on living wage and the challenge of positive practice environment. There was also a time for “dialogue” with the Board of Nursing on related nursing issues.

Part of the overall program was the activity at the Luneta Park entitled “Justice for Florence, Justice for the Nursing Profession, Justice for the Filipino People.”, which everyone was encouraged to attend as a chance to shout for justice by wearing black bands and by lighting candles.
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