Nursing professionals around the world are experiencing an array of changes as the healthcare industry is continuously adapting more advanced technology and medical trends. Nurses adapt themselves to various fields of medicine and medical research, and many new fields of medical research require the assistance of nurses. Some of them are: Genetics nursing, Stem-cell technology nursing, Fertility nursing, Holistic nursing, etc. This session covers such new fields and its requirements.
Evidence Based clinical practice gives better outcomes, the need for nurses trained in evidence-based nursing is increasing. It requires nurses to use analytical skills and decision-making skills to successfully deal with clinical situations. Since nurses spend more time with the patients than anybody else in the healthcare industry, better equipment of nurses with evidence-based practice is essential for improved patient care.
Globally, public health concerns from non-communicable diseases and environmental factors is increasing, and risk from communicable diseases is decreasing. In developing countries, the risk of communicable diseases still prevails. Nurses must play roles in both situations; in prevention and control of communicable diseases, as well as in addressing non-communicable diseases and environmental risk factors.
The global incidence of trauma and emergency medical cases are on the rise, mainly due to road traffic accidents, violence, sudden illnesses, drowning and animal bites. Risks of natural and manmade disasters are also prevalent. Hence, the requirement for skilled emergency service nurses is also increasing. Nurses will need rapid assessment and decision-making skills, the requirements and research for which will be discussed in this session.
According to WHO, every year, around 40 million people require palliative care, out of which 78% live in developing and underdeveloped countries. Only 14% people receive the palliative care they require. The need for palliative nursing is increasing, due to the rise in non-communicable diseases and the world’s ageing population. Sub-standard training and lack of awareness of palliative care is prevalent among nurses, the solutions and opportunities for which will be discussed in this session.
Despite tons of research and a $147 billion drug market, cancer is still the second leading cause of death worldwide. The risk factors include dietary changes, environmental factors, lifestyle transitions, viral infections etc. Nursing care is required for the increasing number of patients and for creating awareness and prevention of dietary, lifestyle and occupational factors in reducing the risk of cancer.
One-fourth of the people in the world will be affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives. Still, two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek medical attention. The stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues prevents people from seeking care. In this session, possible solutions for such stigma and the effects on psychiatric nurses themselves will be discussed.
The assistance of midwives and neonatal nurses during pregnancy, birth and after birth is essential to prevent complications and deaths. They also ensure that the mother and the baby receive good care in these times. Each year, 358,000 women die during pregnancy or labor, and around 2 million newborn babies die shortly after birth, due to insufficient care. Possible solutions to expand midwifery and neonatal care in various countries shall be discussed in this session.
Globally, 266.2 to 359.5 million operations were performed in 2012 alone, which is 38% higher than the previous years. The estimate is expected to increase in the upcoming years. This session discusses research, case reports and evidence obtained in planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment of the patient.
Despite the stigma attached to it, more men are taking up nursing as their profession. Currently, only 7% of nurses are males. Though male nurses can specialize in all fields, men dominate as nurse anesthetists, with a 41.7% representation globally. Many male nurses also prefer Travel Nursing due to its higher pay scale and flexibility. This session focusses on the scope, advantages of men in nursing and possible ways to encourage more male students take up nursing as their profession.