13th National Conference for Nursing Students

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QUALITY ASSURANCE IN NURSING PRACTICE AND EDUCATION: 13th National Conference for Nursing Students

Date: April 17, 2015Posted by: GIRLIE F. GUIUAN

QUALITY ASSURANCE IN NURSING PRACTICE AND EDUCATION:
13th National Conference for Nursing Students

By Easter Jane Cañon

On 3 October 2014, selected SPU Manila CNAHS Students were privileged to attend the 13th National Conference for Nursing Students organized by the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing, Inc. (ADPCN) and held in the Centennial Hall, Manila Hotel. The event started with the ribbon cutting for the poster presentation, led by Dean Elizabeth Roxas and Dean Mary Grace L. Lacanaria; and to formally start the main event, a prayer was offered to the Most Almighty, followed by the singing of the National Anthem and ADPCN Hymn.

It was the objective of the conference that the participants would be able to envision their professional nursing career in the light of national and global trends and expectations; value the importance of National Nursing Core Competencies Standard (NNCCS), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program as a basis for developing professional outcomes aligned with ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for Nursing; and identify various nursing actions to ensure safe and quality nursing care for clients based on Patient Safety Standards. As Dean Elizabeth R. Roxas welcomed the participants and declared the opening of the conference, she also said, “The commitment of the association for quality nursing education is lifelong; it did not start today but ADPCN has existed for 55 years and it continuously strives to sustain the quality of nursing education in our country that will develop you, our future nurses, to become the most preferred and choice of the world.”

The keynote speaker was Dr. Annabelle R. Borromeo, Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations of St. Luke’s Medical Center. She started her speech with an ice breaker about what could have possibly preoccupied the students at the moment, and it really captured the attention of the crowd. She also gave a background of what is happening in the clinical setting based on facts, most especially the rise in the number of medical errors. She said that based on root-cause analysis, most of these happen because some nurses do their tasks mindlessly or in other words, with wandering minds. “Their bodies are there, but their spirits are not, some were roaming around.”

Dr. Carmelita C. Divinagracia, Chair of CHED Technical Panel for Nursing Education, spoke on quality assurance in nursing education; while Dr. Maria Linda G. Buhat, President of the Association of Nursing Service Administration of the Philippines (ANSAP), talked about Ensuring Patient Safety. The impact of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to the Philippine Qualification Framework was discussed by Hon. Perla G. Po, Chairman of the CPD Council of Nursing Professional Regulation Commission. The last session featured the introduction of the members of the PRC-Board of Nursing and a presentation on BON Future Directions, NNCCS 2012, and ASEAN MRA for Nursing.

In between the sessions, selected nursing students showcased their talents in singing and proved that they do not excel just in academics. An interactive forum with the Chair and members of PRC Board of Nursing was also conducted.