IPOKRaTES nursing reports

First Neonatal Nursing Conference

On October 25th -27th, 2010 IPOKRaTES held its first Neonatal Nursing Conference in Middlesbrough in the United Kingdom.  This was hosted by Neonatal Nurse Consultant Lynne Paterson and Professor Sunil Sinha.

The conference attracted 80 delegates from 16 different countries including colleagues in the Netherlands, Belgium and Estonia as well as colleagues from further a field in Saudi Arabia and Israel; so had an exceptionally good attendance.

The conference entitled ‘Advances and Controversies in Neonatal Nursing’ reflected what is current within the neonatal nursing speciality and met our objectives of the dissemination of hot topics, new nursing practices, research findings and discussion of unique and complex case studies.

The hosts welcomed several guest speakers during the course of the three days and this included Dr Nikk Conneman, who is the Director of the Sophia NIDCAP (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Programme) Training Centre in Rotterdam; Dr Caryl Skene, Neonatal Nurse Consultant from the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals; Brenda Strohm, Research Nurse from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit based at Oxford, Eileen Swinton, Northern Neonatal Network Nurse Educator and Dr Ruth Graham a lecturer in sociology at Newcastle University.

Several local members of the Middlesbrough staff and colleagues were also involved in the conference including Dr Fiona Wood, Neonatal Specialist Trainee, Elizabeth Alsop, Neonatal Research Co-ordinator and Practice Facilitator, Dr Nadja Reissland, a psychology lecturer at Durham University and co-research investigator on the neonatal unit and Joyce Ching, Research Student.  Delegates were also welcomed by the Hospital Chief Executive and Deputy Director of Nursing.

During the conference neonatal nurses were able to share their experiences of neonatal nursing including both the highlights as well as some of the difficulties and it was extremely useful to have the opportunity to network and learn.

The conference also evaluated very well and IPOKRaTES colleagues look forward to continuing this nursing conference tradition in the future.

Those who attended should be congratulated since despite the current financial constraints in all of our countries, these delegates have shown that they are truly committed to gaining and sharing knowledge in order to improve neonatal care.

Second Neonatal Nursing Conference

In October 2011 IPOKRaTES delivered a very successful nursing seminar to the Neonatal Nursing Staff of the King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Staff headed up by Dr Anne Blunden, Director of Nursing, Children’s Hospital, were eager participants in sessions which included Hot Topics, Individualized care for VLBW Infants, Cooling for HIE, Involving Parents in Pain Management, Medication Incidents and Infection Prevention.  The group got involved in discussion and question and answer sessions which meant that excellent sharing ensued.  The lecturers included Dr Nikk Conneman from the Netherlands, Dr Caryl Skene, Lyn Callaghan and Lynne Paterson, all from the UK.  The two day seminar was very well attended and we hope to repeat nursing seminars in the future.

Neonatal Nursing Conferences in Malaysia 2013

We recently spent several days in Malaysia with IPOKRaTES Nursing Seminars in Kuala Lumpur and also Penang.

Our first foray into Malaysia occurred in the hip centre of Kuala Lumpur.  We held our nursing seminar in a local Hospital at Gleneagles and we had a mixed audience of just over 100 delegates.  There was an array of colour in the audience and also a desire from all the delegates to learn and also to learn to share.   Despite being a little shy at the beginning, everyone soon warmed up and we had two days of excellent conference where a whole variety of information was conveyed and shared.  As well as local nurses we had others who had come from as far away as Hong Kong and even some medics from India.

The two days went all too quickly and then we had to move onto our second Malaysian conference.

In Penang we again had just over 100 in the audience and there were a variety of local nurses and others who had come from Indonesia and Singapore.

Again there was much enthusiasm and colour.  Delegates were quick to get involved and soon, despite at first being a little shy, got used to the roving microphones and were joining in.  Information was shared and gathered and we had another extremely successful event.

We also managed to meet many of the organisers over dinner and were treated to lots of Malaysia specialities, which were delicious, but very bad for the waistline!

We were also treated to many of the sights of Malaysia being taken on several tourist trips, which were fantastic.

The pictures show both of our audiences and also delegates getting involved.  We would like to thank all of our hosts and those people who were so kind to us when we visited and made us feel so very welcome.

Also to all our delegates who so kindly, joined in on the day and contributed to two successful conferences, thank you.  We do hope to visit again in the future.



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