17/07/2010

3rd International Scientific Conference on Research in Health Care and Nursing: Sustainable development of nursing in the modern society: Research-based development of nursing


Venue: Hotel City, Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana, congress center CITY.

Under the Auspices of: Ministry of Health, Government of the Republic of Slovenia and Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia

The 3rd international scientific conference was organized by College of Nursing Jesenice. This conference is a way of increasing knowledge flow in the field of nursing from developed countries into Slovenia, with new knowledge serving as an important incentive for the development of nursing research at the regional level. Patients nowadays require an integrated care approach, which means that constant development in all scientific disciplines and areas connected to health care is crucial, making conferences such as this extremely valuable and important. In addition to our Erasmus exchange partners and other bilateral agreement partners, the invitation to participate in the conference was extended to all whose submission was accepted and met the criteria for a scientific conference.

For the third year in a row, the conference has been promoted by FINE – European Federation of Nurse Educators, and the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia. This year’s invited lecturers come from Wales, Scotland, England, Portugal, Norway, and Slovenia. They presented the results of research work in their countries and called our attention to the importance of research, education, and the need to connect theoretical nursing concepts with practice, emphasize the value of health promotion and health education, highlight good examples of clinical work, and stress the importance of partner cooperation in modern nursing and health care practices. First day of the conference, seminars were presented in the form of plenary sessions. The conference was conducted in English, with simultaneous interpreting available. On the second day the conference was divided into several thematic sets. The official languages of the conference were Slovenian, Croatian, and English.

Nursing is still not receiving the due recognition it deserves as a profession in Slovenia, which is reflected by its subordinate and inappropriate position within the health care system. In addition to not being sufficiently recognized as a profession, nursing today faces the needs and demands of the healthy and ill populations – these can either be the result of changing demographics, new technologies, the growing awareness of the rights and voiced expectations of service users, etc. Although these problems
are global, nursing in Slovenia has yet to embrace global approaches while it struggles to create its own identity, implement appropriate education and training, and find its place in the local health care and political systems. This is why events such as this conference are so important – they foster knowledge transfer, enable us to learn new things and consolidate the knowledge we already have, to promote our research work, and reduce research knowledge gaps.

By organizing scientific conferences, the College of Nursing Jesenice meets two crucial goals: it brings together the development potential in Slovenian nursing and health care, and highlights the importance of nursing as a profession and a scientific discipline in the modern society and the health care system.

This year’s scientific conference was an important milestone for the College of Nursing Jesenice-it was the first time that some of our master’s degree nursing students presented the results of their research projects implemented for the class ‘Evidence-based nursing’ in the first year. Indirectly, their presentation demonstrated our approaches and work methods at the master’s degree level.

Since this year’s conference was the third, it is now safe to say that the research achievements of Slovenian participants have increased in quality over the years, which means that clinical researchers who would like to present their work, both in Slovenia and abroad, have embraced the conference. An important achievement for the conference is the annual reviewed anthology of lectures which serves as important study material both for students of nursing and for nurses in the clinical environment.

dr. Brigita Skela Savič, assistant professor
Dean of the College of Nursing Jesenice
President of the Conference Program Committee


English lectures of some invited plenary speakers:

dr. Maria Arminda Mendes Costa: Quality in Nursing Education: Emerging Themes and Challenges
Helen Ellis: Scoping Education and Training for End of Life Care in the NorthWest of England
dr. Joy Merrell: Focusing Upstream – The Role of Nurses in Health Promotion
Paul Martin, Brian Johnston, dr. Tim Duffy, dr. John Atkinson, dr. Colin R. Martin: Nursing in Families Project
dr. Angela Kydd: Gerontological Nurses: Role Models for Learning from Practice, Research and Older People
Garry J. Collins, Shirley A. Burns: Supernumerary Status for Student Nurses – A Scottish View
dr. Joy Merrell: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) – a Global Community of Nurses’
mag. Maja Klančnik Gruden, Klavdija Peternelj: Značilnosti in okoliščine padcev v bolnišnici – prospektivna študija / Characteristics and Circumstances of Falls in a Hospital Setting a Prospective Study
dr. Maria Arminda Mendes Costa: FINE – European Federation of Nurse Educators


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