Continuing the Nursing Legacy in Australia

When we thought about organizing the International Nursing Symposium, we also took note of the opportunity to continue a legacy started by a colleague for the nursing profession and for the Filipino nursing in particular.


Almost 30 years ago, one Filipino nurse started her journey as a nurse in Australia at a time when discrimination was probably at its defining time in the workplace. 

We looked at important factors when we judged that legacy: • Sustained achievement of the highest distinction (rose as first Filipino nurse head of school of nursing in an Australian university and was visible figure in the academic nursing leaders' circle) • Expectation of continuing contribution at that level (upon resigning she continues to serve in her capacity as an Australian Catholic University (ACU) Honorary Fellow, a visiting professor of Cebu Doctors University and recipient of a long-term Balik Scientist program of the Department of Science and Technology) • The ability to influence, stimulate and inspire others (her recognition and awards including memberships to Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Delta, Australian College of Nursing, Joanna Briggs Institute, both here in Australia and the Philippines set a standard of performance achievement. She also continue to get involved in nursing projects in the Philippines) Judging from the above criteria, what she did has paved the way in building a legacy for Filipino nurses in Australia and possibly, in the Oceania region. Therefore, we have decided that we will continue the legacy that she started. It is therefore fitting that the keynote speakership will be named after her. At this symposium, we will be launching the inaugural Dr. Ma. Cynthia "Cindy" Leigh Keynote Speaker. 

Our next step to continue building the legacy of Filipino nursing in Australia and beyond. Let us give a round of applause to Dr Cindy.

Robots Would Not Think and Care Like Nurses

When it comes to having a robot working side by side with human health staff members in a medical facility, nurses may not seem willing to settle for the simple scenario. Imagine, the robot get order from a nursing supervisor or the robot manages the nurse.

Prof. Rozzano Locsin, RN, Ph.D, FAAN presented the above scenario during the International Nursing Symposium held in Sydney on 13 May 2017. The hugely popular Filipino academic from Tokushima University and Florida Atlantic University presented his middle-range theory on "Technological Competency as Caring in Nursing" starting from the philosophical underpinnings to recent expansion of this theoretical knowledge to future research agenda.

Serving as the inaugural Dr. Cindy Leigh Keynote Speaker during this event, Prof. Locsin significantly mentioned that that if one looks at the cost of a humanoid robot, with all the mechanical components and the size and everything, it may well be that the first affordable humanoid robots won't necessarily look like humans but would still behave and relate and emote like humans. However, can these robots think like human, much more nurses? Can they care like nurses?


Two panel members have also shared their insights. Christian Pedrosa, a lecturer of the school of nursing at the Australian Catholic University shared his insights from a nursing education perspective while Bryan Odan, a nurse from the Royal North Shore Hospital and a post-graduate student at the University of Tasmania gave his ideas from a clinical nursing perspective.

This event is organized by the Nursing for Humanity with support from the Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society, Australian Disputes Centre, Australian Educational Advisory Services, Ranest Castillo PENTA and Seiton Accounting Services.

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