International Nurses Day 2011 was celebrated on 12th May 2011 at the Shah Alam Convention Centre by 2400 nurses from all over Semenanjung Malaysia and Sarawak. After this date, the 18 other branches of Malaysian Nurses Association will be holding the celebrations for their own individual branches.
To show his appreciation for the nurses, YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, the Minister of Health presented each nurse at the function with an umbrella. It was very symbolic. Shielding the nurses from sun and rain as well as from diseases and anything else which could cause them harm. In the evening just as the celebrations ended, it started to rain and the array of umbrellas were well displayed.
OPENING REMARKS BY DR CORINNE CAPUANO
WHO REPRESENTATIVE FOR BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE AT THE
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2011 AND SEMINAR ON
12 May 2011
Shah Alam, Malaysia
It is a pleasure to be here with you today to help celebrate International Nurses Day and to applaud the great work done by Malaysian nurses. This is the first time that I have the opportunity to meet so many nurses on such an auspicious occasion.
Thank you and congratulations to MNA President and her dynamic Committee Members, who have made this significant day a joy to attend. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12. The 2011 theme is â€œClosing the Gap : Increasing Access and Equityâ€.
On this special occasion, the World Health Organization underlines the important and critical role nursing has to play within the primary health care arena.
Nurses are the backbone for the healthcare system. You form a large, diverse and important part of the health workforce. As keen facilitators of healthcare, you are the pivot in the â€˜Hospital-Doctor-Patientâ€™ paradigm. Whether it is preventive care, home care or hospital care, you are an indispensable part of healthcare.
Nurses advocate for health promotion, educate patients and the public on the prevention of illness and injury, provide care and assist in cure, participate in rehabilitation, and provide support. Their role is broad, far-reaching role and central to community health.
Nurses do more than care for individuals. They are at the very heart of our communities and are leading the way in ensuring active participants of citizens and communities in addressing health issues and accessing health services.
Despite major achievements in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals, there are still major gaps in the health status and life expectancy between high, middle and low income countries, between men and women and between rural and urban residents.
The ability to access health services is the key to improving the health, well-being and life expectancy of all. Yet, achieving this fundamental requirement remains limited by cost, language, proximity, policies and practices, as well as many other factors. As the principal and, in some cases, the only group of health professionals providing primary health care in many of the most challenging settings, nurses are essential to improving equity and access to health care and adding quality to the outcome of care.
The World Health Organization also believes that nurses have an important role in achieving health equity and developing a clear understanding of how the health sector can act to reduce health inequities.
WHO supports Member States in their efforts to provide high quality and universally accessible health services, to improve health outcomes, and to progress in achieving global health targets such as the Millennium Development Goals, by:
1. Providing uniform indicators, tools and information management systems to assemble data and evidence for monitoring nursing and midwifery resource levels : improve demand projections and loss forecasting : optimize workplace management, retention and participation : and ensure responsiveness to population and health needs:
2. Coordinating actions to improve faculty capacities and quality and standards of nursing and midwifery education through harmonized efforts to meet changing consumer and service environment needs:
3. Strengthening the evidence base of nursing and midwifery through programme planning and policy-making, implementation and evaluation at all levels:
4. Implementing contemporary regulatory frameworks, models of care and processes which ensure the safety of the public and support full functional utilization, effective and efficient use of nurses and midwives and
5. Enhancing and sustaining partnership and alliances to generate resources, build capacities and support nursing and midwifery development for improved overall health system functioning and care delivery across the continuum of care and health outcomes.
On this day to mark the exceptional work carried out by nurses, the World Health Organization stresses its support to nursing communities across the world and calls upon governments and partners to remember the pivotal role played by nurses in the delivery of health care.
On this significant day, I wish all of you a fruitful Seminar and â€œHappy Nurses Dayâ€.
Thank you very much.
INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY MESSAGE BY YH DATOâ€™ HJH. FATHILAH HJ. ABDUL WAHAB, DIRECTOR OF NURSING MALAYSIA
First and foremost, I would like to thank the Organizing committee, especially to our extra ordinary President, Dame Hjh. Ramziah for inviting me to deliver this message on this glorious morning. It is my pleasure to be able to share quality time with all of you.
We are gathered here on this beautiful morning to commemorate International Nurses Day as an acknowledgement of the crucial role played by all nurses locally and across the globe, with the theme for this year 2011: Closing the Gap: Increasing access and equity.
This yearâ€™s theme represents the commitment of all nurses to their profession and their role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aims to improve the health status of the worldwide population by reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, reduction in the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases by year 2015.
As principal health workers, nurses are the best professionals who can provide access and equitable delivery of quality health care services to the most marginalized. As stated by Razia, 2011, nurses all over the world are the best professionals who can understand the health needs of the marginalized sector of the community. In this yearâ€™s theme the nurses are catapulted in a very important position with very important roles to perform, which requires a personal and professional commitment and dedication that they have pledged.
In our Malaysian Governmentâ€™s effort in Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity, Malaysia has thrived very hard in all these years in upgrading nursing status. From Certificate to Diploma in year 1992, and with this upgrading, University Malaya launched its first degree programme in year 1993. Now we have nurses who have upgraded themselves even up to PhD status. The nursing profession was being upgraded from the support group to Professionals since 2005.
- Upgrading Certificate status to Diploma
- Upgrading Assistant Nurse to Staff Nurse
- Upgrading Community nurse to Staff nurse
- Upgrading Midwifes to Community nurses
- Nursing Schools upgraded to Nursing Colleges
- College Principals upgraded to Directors of Nursing College
Nurses now lead Nursing Colleges/ Universities with the post of CEO and Deans.
To ensure quality of the Nursing Programme, the Nursing Division has collaborated Enforcement together with the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) and Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). It is the monitoring of Nursing Colleges and placement of student nurses during clinical postings including their logistics and lodging.
Our challenges never end. We are now facing a shortage in nurses with specialization. In Malaysia, the Nursing Profession forms the nationâ€™s largest health care professionals. There are 92,764 nurses in the country, of which 69,110 comprises of Registered Nurses. Only 38% have specialized courses (33% from the public sector and 5% from the private sector). I sincerely hope that the Deans and CEOs of the University Colleges presence in this hall today kindly take note of this. Our expected target is at least 65% of registered nurses to be trained in specialization nursing; which means we are now short of 27% of specialized trained nurses. In our Ministryâ€™s effort in â€œClosing the Gapâ€, we are encouraging more nurses to take up advance courses and tertiary education, but of course not in one go, but at staggered effort to meet the current needs of patient care. Private Colleges/Universities are encouraged to run post basic courses to meet the countries specialization needs. Currently, there are five private colleges conducting specialize courses, namely, Assunta, IJN, Mahsa University College, Puteri Nursing college (KPJ), and Sime Darby Nursing college. The capacity for training of nurses for specialized training also needs to be increased. Additional facilities for practical sessions on specialization and off shore trainings are also encouraged. In our efforts to ensure key elements of access are taken into account, improving access to care, the Ministry aims to ensure that patients receive skilled nursing care. As stated by Chapman et al. 2004, good access exists when patients get the right service at the right time in the right place. Access and the right to access are important principles and it is an important way of achieving more equitable outcomes and serves as high-quality primary care and effective methods in reducing health inequalities which in return helps to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDPs).
In ensuring quality and competency in nursing, the intake criteria for Diploma in Nursing has been upgraded from three credits to five credits in the SPM results which includes credits in Science, Mathematics and three other subjects. We understand that this five credits admission policy has posed frustrations and inconvenience among a few private colleges, and they are trying very hard by all means to get the Nursing Board to revert to three credits. However, I do hope that the IPTS will provide full support with this new policy.
We understand that by increasing the five credits entry qualification does not mean that candidates are of quality. In fact it is multi factorial, such as reasonable course fees, conducive environment with qualified and sufficient human resource, well equipped library and state of the art skill laboratory. Good and convenient accommodation which is safe for the students, as well as with public transport close by are some of the criteria stipulated in our guidelines. For all IPTS, do abide by these guidelines.
As to facilitating the clinical experience for students, the Malaysian Nursing Board (LJM) has approved the implementation of 20% clinical practice on Human Patient Simulators (HPS) and the other 80% has to be â€œhands onâ€ (actual patients) experience where the College/University should get prior approval from the Malaysian Nursing Board.
With our Ministry of Healthâ€™s vision â€œHealth for allâ€ by year 2020, the aims in Closing the Gaps are through various initiatives. In ensuring that all Malaysians continue to receive comprehensive and quality healthcare, the reform will need to address enhancing efficiency and quality, achieving greater integration between public and private health sectors, achieving equity and greater accessibility based on needs with an emphasis on primary preventive care.
Malaysia has also made remarkable progress on health related MDGs. High population coverage with safe water supply and sanitation, impressive child immunization, nutrition and growth monitoring, harm-reduction strategies to curb the spread of HIV among drug users and extensive coverage by the integrated PHC system have contributed to the good health status.
As for further improvement in the health system, Malaysia has strengthened the referral, feedback and retrieval system at primary care level, improving the knowledge and skill of health care providers at all level, enhancing advocacy on health and inter-ministered and local authority collaboration and partnership must continue to play an important role in providing optimum and quality health care to the population.
In closing Gaps, the relationship between nurses and their clients is of utmost importance which is primary to the quality of care, as portrayed by Florence Nightingaleâ€™s commitment to humanity transcended and defined class limitations as she confirmed to serve humanity irrespective of class background. This is the kind of commitment we nurses in the country must emulate as we serve our own communities.
As equity of access to health care, nurses should continue to advocate and empower the individuals and community for quality care particularly in the remote rural areas, and always strive to reach out the poor and indigent. As to date, we are now conducting mobile bus clinics located at Selangor, Perak, Johor, Bentong and Kuala Lipis in Pahang, and a mobile clinic via boat at the Rajang River in Sarawak.
Nurses have always provided valuable and irreplaceable services across the health spectrum to all communities, improving Malaysiaâ€™s health outcomes and increasing equity and access to those most in need.
With our huge workforce, and very supportive leadership, I believe we definitely can make a difference in the provision of healthcare services to the people nationwide.
Last but not least, to share with all of you, my beloved nurses, our Honorable Minister and our esteem Director General is away abroad on official duty for the advancement of our nation. However, their moral support will always be with us. Prior to their abroad duties, I managed to whisper to the Honorable Minister to get his heartfelt support and some form of remembrance gifts for all nurses attending this memorable event today, and thus, 2,400 nurses are going home with an umbrella each which is very significant to all of us. Last year, you all went home with a beautiful mug each and the previous year with a sweet rose each â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..How romantic!
With that I wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous Nurses Day and a belated Mothersâ€™ Day.
HIGHLIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY CELEBRATION 2011
HIGHLIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY CELEBRATION 2011
12th of May is a very significant date for all nurses all over the world as they celebrate International Nurses Day. The International Council of Nursing (ICN) being the organization representing professional nursing organizations around the world took the lead in providing the International Nurses Day kit as well as coming up with this yearâ€™s theme which is: CLOSING THE GAP: INCREASING ACCESS AND EQUITY.
The Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA) being the only professional organization in Malaysia and having very strong ties with ICN took the lead in launching the Nurses Day celebration on the 12th of May 2011 at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC).
The celebration commenced with an inspiring speech by the President of MNA, Dame Hjh.Ramziah Hj. Ahmad followed by another inspiring message from the Director of Nursing Malaysia,YH Datoâ€™ Hjh. Fathilah Hj. Abdul Wahab. WHO representative to Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore, Dr. Corrine Martine Monique Capuano delivered her speech followed by officially launching the International Nurses Day celebration. It was an auspicious morning witnessed by 2,400 nurses from all over Malaysia.
The highlight of the day was the presentation of three awards for â€œTOKOH JURURAWATâ€ : Puan Yon Said for service, Puan Woo Yee Yuen for community and Puan Ashah Manghamal for education. These nurses were given the award for their outstanding services, their commitment to the community and their continuous support and dedication to MNA. This was followed by a multimedia presentation of the three â€Tokohsâ€ and the activities of MNA both in the national and international arenas for the year.
In the late morning, Dr. Corrine Martine Monique Capuano delivered her keynote address which was very meaningful for all the nurses in the country. Dr. Desley Gail Hegney, Professor and Director of Research, National University of Singapore spoke on â€˜Empowering Nurses to Embrace Research: A Way to Increase Access and Equity to Health Careâ€™. Her talk encourages nurses to carry out more nursing research to give credibility evidence based nursing. Dr. Safurah Hj Jaafar, Director, Family Health division, Ministry of Health Malaysia followed with a talk on Primary Health Care: A Key to Inter-Sectoral Action for Health and Equities in Malaysia.
Later in the afternoon, a forum was held on â€œIncreasing Access & Equity to Health Care in Malaysia: The Role of Advanced Nurse Practioners.â€ The panelists for this forum were our own knowledgeable and experienced nurses. The first panelist was Puan Mahawa Abd. Manan, the nursing manager for Family Health Division. Ministry of Health Malaysia. She spoke on One Malaysia Clinic: The Role of an Advanced Nurse Practioner. The second panelist, Ms. Vimala Subrayan, the Nursing Sister in charge of Palliative Care Unit, Bukit Mertajam Hospital spoke on Access and Equity in Palliative Care. The final panelist, Dr. Pathmawathi Subramaniam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, University Malaya, spoke on Access and Equity in Critical Care nursing. All three panelists shared their valuable experiences in their specialized area.
The day was rounded up by the closing speech of Dame Hjh. Ramziah Hj. Ahmad. Though, still suffering from jet lag as she had just arrived from Malta where she had a busy schedule attending the ICN Congress and the CNF meeting, she delivered her closing speech with much aplomb thanking each and everyone involved in organizing this successful event and also the 2,400 nurses for their support and dedication. Dame Ramziah shared her hectic experience in Malta culminating in announcing that Malaysian Nurses Association (MNA) is the first recipient of the ICN award for growth in membership. This award, according to the President, will not come again for another ten years.