Nursing Professionals of Kiang Wu Hospital, KWNC and China Organize Symposium to Discuss Ethical and Occupational Safety Issues

  • Participants actively discussing the common ethical challenges being faced today

  • Group photo of roundtable symposium participants

  • The symposium serves as a very useful platform in enhancing scholars' academic standard and clinical teaching quality

The Nursing Department of Kiang Wu Hospital and Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau (KWNC) co-organized the 8th Kiang Wu Nursing Academic Symposium themed "Occupational Safety and Quality Assurance" this year on 3 June, 2017. The event, where roundtable symposium and seminar were taken place, have attracted specialists from various departments including Surgery, Internal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care to present valuable thoughts on how to tackle ethical challenges, possible contingency measures, combination of scientific thinking with ethical views so as to seek for the most suitable caring method for the patients today. The seminar included keynote speeches and oral presentations, where clinical case studies relevant to ethical and occupational safety were brought up. Participants were actively engaged in the exchanges of relevant teaching strategies and research outputs.

The honourable guests present in the roundtable symposium which took place in the morning at KWNC included Professor Zhang Xinqing from the School of Humanity and Science of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College and Associate Researcher Li Hongying from the Department of Science and Technology and Ethics Committee of the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University. Participants of the symposium including colleagues of Kiang Wu Hospital and students and staff of KWNC were actively engaged in the discussions on notification of bad clinical news, inconsistency in treatment for dying patients, organ donation as well as other ethical and occupational safety issues. During the discussion, participants enthusiastically shared their experiences and provided suggestions; the guests also provided practical recommendations for the participants. Symposium chair Ng Wai I, Lok Ka In and Wong Chi Wa mentioned in the conclusion that, training on ethical and legal aspects in different levels should be provided for frontline medical personnel so that they can more effectively and humanistically handle common ethical issues. Contents of training can include techniques for bad news announcement, systematic and logical ethical thinking as well as stress and frustration relief techniques. All guest speakers and participants of the symposium recognized the importance in assuring the occupational safety of medical personnel and the living quality of patients as we are now facing a world with medical advancement and ageing population. On the other hand, ethical considerations including life and death education and quality of life needed further in-depth investigation, and such education should also be promoted to the general public. It is also important for medical personnel to continuously gain experiences in adopting humanistic treatment and nursing skills for terminally-ill patients so that the best handling can be given to them.

The seminar then took place in two sessions namely the keynote speeches and oral presentation on the 14th floor of Dr. Henry Fok Specialist Medical Centre, Kiang Wu Hospital in the afternoon. A total of 5 oral presentations and 36 poster presentations were presented, covering topics including development of new nursing technology, nursing management, nursing teaching and practice, occupational safety and more. More than 200 participants took part in this event. Professor Zhang and Associate Researcher Li were invited to be the keynote speakers and reviewers for the speeches and oral presentations respectively. Topics of the keynote speeches were "Ethical Issues about Treatment Abandonment" and "An Empirical Analysis of Some Outstanding Problems in Nurses' Practice in Mainland China". During the oral presentation session, both guests recognized the familiarity of knowledge of the presenters and expressed gratitude for the fruitful exchanges between China and Macao during the day's activities.