Pacific nursing forum to open

Saturday October 13, 2018 Written by Published in Health
Nurses at Rarotonga hospital from left: Maryann Pakitoa, Ngakiri Teaea and Maryann Pukeiti. Back row left: Lycee Teiotu, Rufi na Tutai, Maine Beniamina, Apii Mateariki and Charlie Emmanuela. 18101207 Nurses at Rarotonga hospital from left: Maryann Pakitoa, Ngakiri Teaea and Maryann Pukeiti. Back row left: Lycee Teiotu, Rufi na Tutai, Maine Beniamina, Apii Mateariki and Charlie Emmanuela. 18101207

More than 400 nurses will attend the 19th South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPCN) 2018 hosted by the Cook Islands Nurses Association (CINA) that opens on Monday.

The theme for the conference is “Transforming Leadership - Nurses as change agents for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Pacific’’, encouraging nurses to take the lead, in partnership with other health professionals in redesigning and advancing health care to address the NCDs.

Clinical nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators and nurse leaders from across the South Pacific will attend the forum to discuss and debate key issues of importance to nurses and nursing.

The main objectives are: to promote and improve the coverage and quality of health services for the public; ensure the establishment and maintenance of professional nursing practises; establishing networking with nurses in the South pacific and demonstrate the nursing contribution to the health of families and communities.

 President of CINA Nga Manea is excited and overwhelmed, but has welcomed the challenges.

“Nursing is now a recognised profession, starting as a registered nurse can lead to higher careers/occupations,” she says, acknowledging Cook Islands former nurses Speaker of the House Nikki Rattle, and Liz Tiro who has been appointed as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Chief Nursing Officer.

Tiro will deliver the keynote speech at the opening on Monday.

During the forum the South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance SPCNMOA will also take place, with our own Chief Nursing officer Ngakiri Teaea taking on the role of chairperson for the first time.

Teaea is honoured and privileged to be taking on the reins as chairperson.

Discussions will include: national and regional educational quality, accreditation, competencies, practice and safety standards; primary health and integrated patient centred care; transforming the health workforce education; managing emerging and priority health care needs and strengthening midwifery leadership.

CINA a non-government organisation has fundraised for the past two years to reach their target of $80,000 to host the event, they have also received support from the Ministry of Health.

The forum will be held at the National Auditorium from October 15 to 18.

Manea would to acknowledge the strong and active organising coordinators of the event: Transport Rangi Tairi, Finance Louisa Tetava assisted by Ngaro Tearoa, Registration Maine Beniamina, Fundraising Teio Kea, Catering Lycee Teiotu, Programme Mary McManus, Media Mary Kata and Doris Taripo, Entertainment Toa Pole, Ricky Boaza and Ake Teiotu, VIP Edwina Tangaroa and Rufina Tutai and all those who have lent their time and support.

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