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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018. 9:24 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Nurses and Midwives Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Health held the first session of the three-day nurses conference yesterday, with the aim of developing a framework that guides the future of the nursing profession in Belize.


Over 150 nurses attended the session, hosted at the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina under the theme “Shaping the vision for the future of Nursing in Belize, to improve the health of the population and the Quality of Nursing care in the 21st Century.”


The conference had various aspects such as presentations, roundtable discussions and working groups, discussing areas such as the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals and dealing with the media. The conference also featured two special guest speakers, Diana Mason, Senior Policy Service Professor and Co-Director of the new Center for Health, Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing; and Dr. Jane Salvage, Chief Nurse at the World Health Organization’s European Region and Later Headquarters.


Augustina Eliji, Deputy Director of Health Services and Chair of the Nurses and Midwives Council, explained that the nursing profession is changing worldwide and that Belizean nurses need to be cognizant of those changes and keeping up with the times. She noted that a major challenge in Belize and worldwide is a need for more nurses in the field.


“We do have a shortage of nurses. So we must consider our options, pull back, and strategies must be developed so we can attract and keep nurses,” Elijio said.

The conference runs until Friday.


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