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I think the importance of such a meeting is really to bring the network together. Having a Congress such as this one allows the different groups and individuals who will not normally interact to come together. That level of learning, socialising together and understanding what is happening in other departments is critically important to the future of Academic Medicine.








~ Prof Elizabeth Armstrong
Clinical Professor in Paediatrics & Director, Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard Medical School


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Nursing Symposium  
Defining Tomorrow's Nursing

Track type: Symposium


 Duration: 90 minutes


Location: Academia, Auditorium

Topic 1:

The Future of Nursing: Today and Beyond

In view of current healthcare landscape, the nursing role is rapidly evolving as nurses are tasked with an even wider range of healthcare responsibilities, to care for ageing population with chronic and complex medical conditions. Nurses are a core group of healthcare professionals who care for patients and families in a holistic way that often goes beyond bedside clinical care to also include social, emotional and psychological support. 
We know more nurses are needed for an ageing population. We need to develop a better equipped, experienced and competent nursing workforce to address the healthcare challenges of a rapidly ageing population, changing disease patterns and model of care. The recommendations from Singapore Ministry of Health National Nursing Taskforce and together with the rebranding efforts (e.g. Care To Go Beyond campaign) since 2014 aimed to strengthen the development of Nursing profession and also boosting the attractiveness of nursing. 


As we move forward, Nursing continues to evolve. The advancement of technology and new developments will continue to affect Nursing. Nurses need to understand these challenges and be prepared to learn and master new skills necessary to cope with them. 


Ms Tan will share current trends and challenges in Nursing and nursing developments in areas such as Advanced Nursing Practice, Redefining nursing roles, Innovations, etc. and how these challenges and developments could influence nursing today and beyond.


Topic 2:

Academic Nursing – Pushing the Boundaries of Interprofessional Education in Healthcare


 Speaker: Prof Tan Kok Hian

The nursing mission is integral to healthcare. To meet increasing demands in tomorrow’s healthcare, it is essential to transform the delivery of medical and nursing care. There is an urgent need for all healthcare staff including nursing colleagues to learn, work and perform as a team. This requires strong interprofessional education commitment, culture and framework in hospitals and healthcare clusters.


There is sufficient evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education enables effective collaborative practice. Collaborative practice strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes. Interprofessional education occurs when staff from two or more professions, learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.


The essence of excellent inter-professional education can be achieved by building high quality team care with a continuous quality improvement mindset. There should also be a willingness to embrace changes in practices (new models of care, new curricula, new collaborations etc.) and those brought about rapidly by technology e.g. use of simulation in education and training.


Academic Nursing as a tenet, helps greatly with interprofessional education with its emphasis on robust evidence-based practices, a vibrant academic culture and conducive environment for multidisciplinary research, education and a pervasive inquisitive approach to always be better as a team.


Topic 3:

Defining Research Agenda: How to Create a Match between Personal and Professional Interest?
 Speaker: Dr Lim Su Fee

The key elements to consider in defining research agenda include an understanding of healthcare priorities at the national, cluster and institutional levels and drawing on clinical practice to identify areas of priority. The targeted research efforts should also be driven by the rational pursuit of self-interest. The process involves identifying key areas of personal and professional interests, setting priorities and timeline, exploring funding opportunities and seeking collaborative partnerships.

Topic 4: 

Nurse Sensitive Outcome Indicators: What are They and How Do I Influence Them?

Prof Ruth Kleinpell-Nowell

It is now widely acknowledged that monitoring the outcomes of care is an essential component of providing healthcare. In addition to providing data on the results of care to improve healthcare delivery, assessing outcomes can help nurses articulate their unique contribution to patient care. Nurse sensitive outcome indicators have been identified as outcomes that nurses directly influence in their care of patients. This session will present an overview of nurse sensitive outcome indicators. Examples from clinical practice will be provided, and strategies for focusing on improving patient outcomes through the measurement of nurse sensitive outcomes will be highlighted.
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