By: The Nursing Division

       The Operating Room Nurses Association of the Philippines Inc. had their 43rd Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City last July 1 to 2, 2017 with the theme, “360º Safety in Perioperative Nursing Practice.” This event was attended by our skilled nurses from the Operating Room with our dear Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores.

            The 43rd Annual Convention had showcased different interesting topics which included the advocacy of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a powerful tool for practicing the empowerment of Perioperative Nursing. In fact, this has been the advocacy of the Nursing Division to engage their nurses in continuing their individual professional development. Aside from the discussion on CPD, Customer service satisfaction in Perioperative Nursing was also given emphasis. This topic was indeed very helpful for our operating room nurses who have set their minds to continue promoting excellent customer care to our clients. On the second day, the association had highlighted the service beyond borders mindset where nurses were encouraged to get involved in surgical missions. Rizal Medical Center has had this kind of outlook for some time now participating in different community extension services of which one involves surgical missions to different nearby and distal provinces.

RMC representatives with Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (center) and DOH Undersecretary Dr. Roger P. Tong-an (fourth from the left).

RMC representatives with Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Louise Marie D. Flores (center) and DOH Undersecretary Dr. Roger P. Tong-an (fourth from the left).

OR NursesOur dear nurses from the operating room who participated in the ORNAP 43rd Annual Convention.

       Another topic presented was building innovative and sustainable solutions to global challenges. Dr. Roger P. Tong-an, Department of Health Undersecretary (Office for Policy & Health System), discussed this interesting subject matter. With the global changes and advances in technology in the health care system, this topic was also timely for our nurses.

            In summary, the said two-day event was very much fruitful on the part of our OR Nurses. The role of our nurses definitely provides more care than the 360º Safety in Perioperative Nursing Practice talked about at the convention as it goes beyond the walls of the operating room and beyond the long hours of standing during operations. The presence of our nurses, with the emotional support and helping hands that they provide to unclothed, anxious and helpless patients who will undergo their respective operations, provides a more assuring patient experience than the 360º safety practice mentioned earlier.