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Remmy Butia June 3, 2019

NANDI HOSTS INTERNATIONAL NURSES CONFERENCE

In Kenya, hospital care has been confronted by workforce challenges, changing consumer expectations and demands, fiscal constraints, increasing demands for access to care, a mandate to improve patient centered care, and issues concerned with levels of quality and safety of health care.

Nandi CEC for health and sanitation Ruth Koech, today opened a three days Conference for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals at the University Of Eastern Africa, Baraton.

Participants follow proceedings at the conference

The conference whose theme is “Together is Better: Expert Clinical Practice and Quality Focused Leaderhip” is being held in the county for the first time.

The Health and Sanitation CEC member acknowledged that Public Health Nurses are equipped to prevent disease and handle emerging diseases and therefore are strategic actors in determining the quality of health care services and the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

She called for targeted focus on thematic issues of concern for the nursing profession in particular improvement of health care delivery through skills development, quality of care and patient safety.

In her address, Edna Tallam Kimaiyo, Registrar/CEO, Nursing Council of Kenya said that we must come up with future strategies aimed at addressing barriers in clinical leadership to enhance expert clinical practice and quality focused leadership. That will directly translate to better patient outcomes and provision of quality health services.

“We must come up with future strategies aimed at addressing barriers in clinical leadership to enhance expert clinical practice and quality focused leadership. That will directly translate to better patient outcomes and provision of quality health services,” she said.

The Registrar/CEO noted that by clinicians moving to leadership positions and more experienced clinicians taking up the mantle in clinical mentoring, and by improving clinical healthcare leadership, there would be and improvement in patient care.

UEAB VC Prof. Philip Maiyo

The 3-day conference, whose theme is “Together is Better: Expert Clinical Practice and Quality Focused Leadership”, aims at educating and enhancing participants knowledge in regards to current trends in nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing leadership with content designed to promote personal professional self-reflection, improved clinical practice, consideration of education opportunities, and improved leadership functionality.

University of Eastern Africa, Baraton VC Prof. Philip Maiyo called for targeted focus on thematic issues of concern for the nursing profession in particular improvement of health care delivery through skills development, quality of care and patient safety.

Dr. Lydia Andrew, a US based nurse observed that, targeting the world including Kenya is facing new global health challenges such as Haemorrhagic fevers and new viral strains, environmental pollution, natural disasters and a growing trend of chronic diseases.

The Nursing and Healthcare professionals’ conference will offer a wide platform to share vital and recent innovations in the arena of public health, family nursing and healthcare. The conference is intended to provide a special platform for professionals, academicians, researchers, and students working in the arena to deliberately exchange opinions and their understandings in front of large transnational listeners.

Also in attendance was the Uasin Gishu County CEC for Health, Dr. Everlyne Rotich.

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