300 attend Nursing and Midwifery Forum
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Over 300 nurses, midwives and students attended the Nursing and Midwifery Forum held in conjunction with International Nurses and Midwives Day 2017

The forum was held at Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and saw Bruneian nursing and midwifery leaders from PAPRSB IHS, UBD; Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (BDNA); Private Sector Nursing Services; Ministry of Health (MoH) and Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) presenting clinical, educational and research experiences of nursing and midwifery professionals in Brunei Darussalam.

The forum was held to share and exchange views, encourage critical discussion and analysis as well as the acquisition and generation of knowledge among government and non-government nursing and midwifery organisations in Brunei. The presenters were made up of senior nursing and midwifery academic, heads of nursing and midwifery as well as nursing and midwifery officers and managers from across Brunei. It also served as a platform for building networks for potential clinical and research collaborations between PAPRSB IHS and other government and non-government nursing and midwifery organisations in Brunei.

Present as guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Rokiah Hj Zakiah, one of the pioneers in Brunei Darussalam's nursing history.

The forum was divided into three 45-minute sessions: Education; Practice; and Innovation and Research in Nursing and Midwifery. It opened with a keynote presentation by Professor Munikumar Ventakatsalu from PAPRSB IHS, UBD. He helped explain the themes for International Day of Midwives and International Nurses Day which are "Midwives, Mothers an Families: Partners For Life!" and "Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" respectively.

In addition to the Nursing and Midwifery Forum's theme "Making a Difference", he highlighted areas where nurses and midwives could affect change in their profession, calling on them to "think beyond your street". With ample opportunities for nurses and midwives to demonstrate how their actions can make a difference, they can also help shape decision-making processes as well as healthcare policies.

Prior to the forum, various events and activities were organised and hosted by various Nursing and Midwifery departments of government and non-government organisations in Brunei Darussalam. These include Department of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health (MOH), Department of Nursing Services, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC); Brunei Darussalam Nurses Association (BDNA)/ Persatuan Jururawat Brunei (PENJURU); Nursing Services, the Brunei Darussalam Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC); Nursing Services, The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC); Nursing Services, Gleneagles Brunei Darussalam and Nursing Services, Panaga Health Centre. The activities included mass prayers for Maghrib and Isya and Tahlil on 11th May 2017 and Nurses/ Midwives Parade at Bandarku Ceria in Bandar Seri Begawan on 14th May 2017.

International Day of Midwives is celebrated globally on 5th May and International Nurse's Day is celebrated on 12th May.

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