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Order of Nurses in Lebanon celebrates International Nurse’s Day

Lebanon: Thursday, May 13 - 2010 @ 14:13

The celebration started with a press conference with HE Minister of Labor Mr. Boutros Harb and HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh, and ended with a meeting at the UNESCO palace under the theme “Nursing: Values and Domains serving Health” under the patronage of HE Minister Khalifeh and attendance of representatives of Lebanese orders, syndicates and associations in addition to a crowd of nurses.

After welcoming remarks from Mrs. Vicky Gebrane, treasurer of the Order, the President of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon Mrs. Claire Ghafari Zablit shared the Order’s 5 years strategic plan (2010/2014) that envisions excellence in nursing in its’ four domains: practice, education, administration and research.

The plan aims at:

• Strengthening the Order’s role
• Promoting the nurse’s abilities in order to apply the standards of quality care in nursing practice
• Developing a knowledge base related to the nursing profession in Lebanon
• Expanding the strategic collaborations and partnership at national and international levels
The plan’s specific objectives are:
• Protecting nurses and safeguarding and supporting their rights
• Promoting the profession at both educational and practice levels
• Supporting the Order’s human, material and financial resources
• Promoting the image of nursing at national and international

After discussing these objectives and related activities and indicators, she emphasized that, “It is hoped that when this strategic plan is achieved it will play a leading role in the protection and development of the nursing profession for the health promotion of the individual and society in Lebanon and the region.”

The Order of Nurses in Lebanon launched a communication campaign under the theme “Our presence is a Guarantee to you Health” on the occasion of the International Nurses Day to highlight the role of the nurse as a specialist, educated, dynamic, up to date with professional development and health needs of the individual and the society.

Next Mrs. Rita Shallita Al Howayek introduced the role of Byblos Bank in supporting the Order.

Then, H.E Minister Khalifeh congratulated the Order of Nurses in Lebanon and all nurses on what was achieved in terms professional development: Science, practice and rights and emphasized the continued support to the order out of his conviction of the important expansion of the role of the nurses the health policy at the preventive, acute and chronic care in addition to quality assurance, general safety and cost effectiveness.

Following the opening remarks, the celebration included a scientific session, which started by a presentation given by Dr. Rima Sassine Kazan on the ethics of the nursing profession, in which she discussed the ethical principles and values that oblige nursing professionals to respect professional ethics that govern nursing practice, in collaboration with the health care team, in order to protect the rights of the individual and society. She concluded by emphasizing the need for the nurse to be a role model in society in order to project a distinguished image of the profession and its ethics.

The next presentation addressed the role of the nurses in the 4 nursing domains. Ms. Myrna Dakkash discussed the role of the nurse in practice, where she highlighted from her experience the importance of applying ethical principles in nursing practice and subsequently the commitment to quality assurance, professional development, remaining up to date with developments in nursing and the health field.

The role of the nurse in education was addressed by Dr. Nuhad Dumit, where she focused on the importance of this role and the competencies that the nurse needs to have in order to educate and train students, provide continuing education to nurses, and health education to the individual and society.

In the administration domain, Mrs. Lina Younan pointed to the importance of strengthening and promoting the professional competencies in nurse administrators, and its effect on the creation of a healthy work environment that encourage them to remain in nursing and provide them with knowledge and skills that are needed by them to face the challenges and changes in the health field.

As for the nurses’ role in scientific research, Dr. Lina Kurdahi Badr focused on the importance of nursing research and its effect on quality of nursing care, especially care of neonates and promotion of the quality of life of nurses.

At the closing of the celebration, a musical performance by the National Lebanese Conservatoire was followed by a series of recommendations then a cocktail reception.

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