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Third International Nursing Conference

  • The conference on ‘Developing the Nursing Workforce in Lebanon; Challenges and Opportunities’, took place June 20, 2008 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • This conference was planned with a number of objectives in mind. We believe, nursing is at the core of the health care professions and its key role in health care is increasingly being recognized by other disciplines and policy makers in Lebanon, in the region and internationally. The nursing shortage and the migration of nurses have a number of global ramifications which span the economic, social, educational, and health systems in developing and developed countries.
  • Organizing Committee: Dr. Huda Huijer, Dr. Samar Noureddine and Dr. Myrna Doumit

Main Issues Addressed at the Conference

  • Government Perspective About the Status of Nursing in Lebanon: Dr. Mohammad Khalifeh, Minister of Public Health
  • The Impact of the Global Nursing Shortage on Healthcare: Mr. Franz Wagner, First Vice President, International Council of Nurses (ICN)
  • Regional Perspective on the Nursing Workforce: Dr. Houssain Abou Zaid, World Health Organization (WHO) representative, Lebanon
  • Achievements of the National Nursing Development Program (NNDP): Dr. Amal Mansour, NNDP Coordinator and Director, Center for Mother and Child Health and Schools, Ministry of Public Health
  • Regulating Nursing in Lebanon: Miss Ursula Rizk, President of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon
  • What Is the Nurses’ Contribution to Healthcare: the Physicians’ Perspective? Dr. Georges Aftimos, President of the Order of Physicians in Lebanon
  • Nurses: the Heartbeat of Hospitals: Mr. Sleiman Haroun, President of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals
  • Capacity Building in Community Nursing: Dr. Noureddine El Koush, President of the Directorate of Health and Social Services, Hariri Foundation
  • Impact of Nurses’ Migration on the Health Economy: Dr. Nabil Kronfol, President of the Lebanese Health Management Association

Panel on Nursing Education in Lebanon: Recruitment and Retention

  • Making a Nursing Career Attractive for the Youth of Lebanon; Challenges in Nursing Education: Dr. Huda Abu Saad Huijer, Director, AUB Rafic Hariri School of Nursing
  • Developing the Capacity for Nursing; Challenges and Opportunities: an Academic Leader’s View: Dr. Martha Hill, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • Nurse Migration, Intent to Leave and Job Satisfaction: a National Study on Lebanon: Dr. Fadi Jardali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

Panel on Nurse Staffing: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Where Have the Lebanese Nurses Gone? Why? Looking Ahead, Strategies and Challenges of the Future: Miss Gladys Mouro, Assistant Hospital Director for Nursing, AUB Medical Center
  • Nursing Shortage at Makassed Hospital: Mr. Mohammad Ali Hamandi, Director of Nursing Services, Makassed General Hospital
  • Nursing Workforce in Public Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities; the Experience of Rafic Hariri University Hospital:  Mrs Lina Choueiri, Director of Nursing Services, Rafic Hariri University Hospital
  • Forum discussion and recommendations

Recommendations: National Level

  • Recognize nursing as an area of national need in Lebanon
  • Create a nursing unit at the Ministry of Public Health
  • Develop a collaborative strategy with input from educators, clinicians, administrators, and policy makers to meet the nursing workforce challenges
  • Organize national campaigns that inform the public of the value of the profession
  • Revise the nursing law that regulates the profession
  • Improve working conditions of nurses (flexible scheduling, self scheduling…)
  • Increase remuneration (salaries, benefits)
  • Promote mandatory continuing education for nurses
  • Develop a national strategy for nursing
  • Involve nurses in development of health care policy

Recommendations: Academic Nursing Education

  • Maximize opportunities to promote evidence-based nursing practice
  • Promote core proficiencies for nurses
  • Create clinical partnerships
  • Create sponsored bridging programs for holders of technical degrees to promote their academic status
  • Provide scholarships for nursing education
  • Promote specialization in nursing

Recommendations: Nursing Practice

  • Create an empowering and safe work environment for nurses
  • Develop leadership skills at the nurse executive level
  • Plan staffing (number and skill mix) that ensures quality and cost effective care
  • Create innovative retention and recruitment strategies
  • Ensure collaborative practice between nursing education and nursing services to promote evidence-based practice
  • Develop career advancement programs
  • Promote the role of nurses in the community (school health, primary care centers, home health….)
  • Empower nurses in health care agencies e.g. board of directors to include a nurse
  • Enhance collaborative relationships between physicians and nurses e.g. regular interdisciplinary staff meetings and multidisciplinary collaboration on projects such as quality improvement
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