Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) organised the second Nursing and Midwifery Student Research Conference on 12th November 2016 at Main Lecture Theatre Extension Building, PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, UBD. The one-day conference is themed “Impact of Research Culture in Quality Care”.
This conference aimed to present the impact of research culture in quality patient care. In the context of evidence based practice era, PAPRSB IHS believes that enculturating students with appropriate research skills is a key to improve quality patient care.
The objectives of the conference were to demonstrate the elements and influence of research culture in nursing and midwifery practice, present how research projects of nurses and midwifes contribute to quality patient care, utilise the conference as a method for fruitful discussion in the area of future nursing and midwifery careers, practice, education and research, as well as to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, mentoring, partnership and collaboration.
The keynote address was delivered by Professor Dr David Koh Soo Quee, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), UBD, who also officiated the opening ceremony. Two invited speaker from Institute of Nursing Muhammadiyah University, Pontianak, Indonesia, and University of Malaya delivered a presentation titled “Incorporating clinical research in Nursing and Midwifery education” and ““Challenges and opportunities in incorporating clinical research in Nursing and Midwifery practice”. Professor Munikumar Ramasamy Venkatasalu from PAPRSB IHS, UBD also presented his paper on “Clinical Elements of Research Culture in Nursing & Midwifery Practice”.
During the concurrent session, 18 research projects were presented by students reading Bachelor of Health Science Nursing & Midwifery. The conference was attended by up to 200 participants, ranging from nurses, midwives and other health practitioners from private and public medical agencies.
Initially known as Institute of Medicine, the PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences has expanded its focus beyond solely medical training to include Public Health, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, and Midwifery. The Institute offers both undergraduate and graduate programmes in Nursing and Midwifery, with emphasis on research.
PAPRSB IHS actively organises research initiatives, workshops and conferences on healthcare to provide students with in early clinical and laboratory exposure in order to attain greater experience in the core clinical, biomedical, and scientific disciplines. Such activities aim to instil greater inter-professional teamwork and communication skills; skills that are important for achieving and maintaining high quality and effective health care.
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