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AFP hosts nursing symposium

MANILA, Aug. 29 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines will host for the first time the 4th Asia-Pacific Military Nursing Symposium 2010 to be held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City starting on Monday until Sept. 3. <p)AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said the AFP would be represented by the Office of the Chief Nurse headed by Brig. Gen. Neila B Buenaflor.

Burgos said the AFP collaborated with United States Pacific Command, 13th Air Force, Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii headed by the Assistant Surgeon General, Nursing Services, Maj. Gen. Kimberly A. Siniscalchi, to make the nursing symposium possible.

"The symposium is considered as the first nursing activity in the country wherein a total of 208 delegates of Military Nursing Leaders from 13 participating countries in the Asia-Pacific Region will be attending the prestigious forum starting on Monday. The countries who showed interest in joining the symposium are Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Lao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and the United States of America," said Burgos.

The symposium will revolve around in this year’s theme entitled: “Strengthening Military Nursing Cooperation through Inquiry, Research, and Action”.

"The activity aims to offer the participants a proper venue where they can discuss issues of mutual interest and expertise, share peculiar and diverse nursing care experiences, enhance professional partnerships, and foster interoperability with allied forces in terms of disaster and humanitarian missions," said Burgos.

A list of activities lined-up for the five-day nursing forum include scientific sessions where the participants are given the chance to converse about various nursing issues related to military operations and come up with resolutions that can help in the health preservation of the military personnel.

The activity also aims to discuss issues in connection with infection and control management, evidence-based nursing practice, significant roles of military nurses in disaster management and humanitarian missions, military nursing leadership, and military training methods related to nursing.

Burgos also said the delegates would have a tour that demonstrates the rich culture and colorful history of the Philippines. More importantly, this is an activity which will showcase the unity and camaraderie of the 13 participating countries with different cultures but one in the mission to provide the best health care for the military.(PNA) RMA/VR

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