According to World Health Organisation (WHO), health has become a priority global right in the pandemic of COVID-19 which demands strengthening the health care system on priority basis through innovations, focused research and delivering quality health services.
In this way, the University of Lahore and the Afro-Asian Institute of Medical Sciences
co-organized a webinar on “The essence of Nursing: practice and research for health care system” held on October 13, 2020. It aimed to promote the concept of evidence based practice, ingrained true professionalism and boost-up emotional intelligence of the nursing students.
More than 100 faculty members and the students from nursing profession graced the event. Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran (Rector), the Chief Guest, was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Syed Amir Gilani (Dean, FAHS).
Prof. Brendan McCormack (Head of the Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh UK) was the guest speaker while Ms. Sidra Abbas (Senior Lecturer LSN) moderated the event.
Considering the importance of nursing, Dr. Kamran elucidated that , “Serving as the backbone, the nurses run hospitals; but, unfortunately, there is acute shortage of nurses and midwives in Pakistan The density of nurses and midwives is 0.49 per 1,000 population or 1.0 per 2,000 population, compared to the recommended threshold of 3.28 per 1,000 population”.
He lauded the role of nurses saying, “It takes a lot of grit to choose nursing as a profession. These unsung heroes are very much responsible for our lives. We need nurses everywhere, in the smallest of instancesright from the moment we are born till our last breaths.They are the real life superheroes”.
Prof. Gilani shared that in Pakistan the ratio of nurses to physicians and patients is extremely low and disappointing. He emphasized, “There is a dire need to employ more and more nurses to bring the healthcare facility as per the WHO healthcare standards”.
Prof. McCormack explained that nurses need person centered research because it helps them to advance in their field, stay updated with knowledge and to offer better patient care in the healthcare system. “The Information literacy skills can help nurses to use information more effectively for the development of their own conclusions, to promote the concept of evidence based practice and work as an advocate of the client and for their families”, he remarked.
He further discussed the key objectives as shaping up the health policy, finding solutions to the challenges of nurses, maintaining gender equality in nursing and mainstreaming the clinical research. “The positive aspects of nursing must be recognized and implemented in order to retain experienced nurses in the profession and attract young people into nursing as a viable career choice”, he added.
While sharing his closing remarks, Mr. Muhammad Afzal (HoD, Lahore School of Nursing) said: “When I think about all the patients that I have served and their loved ones over the years, I cannot remember them nor do they. But I know that I have given a little piece of myself to each of them, and vice versa. Those threads make up the tapestry of my nursing career because it encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities; sick or well, and in all settings”.