Integrated Care: At Its Finest so Far

“Positioning Nurses for the Future: Advancing Excellence in Integrated Care”. This has been the theme for the joint 2nd NUS-NUH International Nursing Conference & 18th Singapore-Malaysia Nursing Conference held last 21-23 November 2013 at Furama Riverfront Hotel, Singapore.

The Conference was attended by 300 Delegates from all over the world. It was graced by Keynote Speakers coming from diverse nursing specializations such as the Community, Education, Clinical and Hospital Administration.

The cost paid for Conferences like this is not worth the celebrated Speakers, Sophisticated Venue, Delectable Lunch Buffet nor the new friendships you create...

Because the Experience itself was more than worth it!

I met fellow Filipino Nurses both representing the Philippines and from other parts of the world, excelling in their chosen area of expertise. And unexpectedly, I rubbed elbows again with A Filipino-Australian Nurse whom I first met in February 2012, she was the speaker in a Research Forum I have organized in the Philippines at that time. It was such a lovely encounter with Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Leigh!

With Keynote Speaker Professor Alison While of University College London

Actual poster presentation with critical insights from participants

Dr. Leigh, also a part of the BNDee (Beta Nu Delta Nursing Society), was one of the Oral Research Presenters out of 73.

I was also able to shake hands with Dr. Violeta Lopez from Singapore who is part of the organizing team of this event.

It was such a personal and professional refining moment being selected as one of the 57 Global Poster Research Presenters and being the only Filipino in that track.

It is an overwhelming challenge as depicted in the Conference Theme...From Excellence to Excellence, it keeps on advancing. Ergo, what we have right now is the Integrated Nursing Care at its finest... but true excellence means that you should never stop because in your pursuit for it, you will never really know when you have arrived- nor, if you would really arrive at it.

So, WHO KNOWS exactly what makes a premium nurse providing exceptional care at any given remarkable time in your distinctive portion of the world?

No one.

For the real quintessence of all these learning and innovations is not Hardware…it is software and most importantly, a Heartware!

The contributor - Benjienen Pulido-Toledo, MSN, RN - is currently working in Singapore.