Report on Annual Scientific Symposium

For representing Ziauddin University College of Nursing (ZCON), Miss Alia Nasir, Principle ZCON was invited as a key note speaker for the 18th Shaukat Khanum Cancer Symposium (SKCS) that was held on November 1-3, 2019 in Lahore which was the Annual Scientific Symposium.

Stating briefly about the event, SKMCH & RC hold this educational activity on an annual basis. The event was multidisciplinary in nature and national and, international experts from all the disciplines of health care attended in a huge number. Nursing Division of SKMCH&RC conducted two sessions in the event.

The attendees had a pleasant and learned experience form the activity. Mam Alia Nasir, with her extraordinary credentials proved to be a very good speaker adding to the knowledge of nurses working in cancer care and in general nursing setting in Pakistan. This year the sessions were evolved around “Cancer Care Integration” focusing the following themes:

  • Clos care gaps in vulnerable patient’s population (peads, adults etc.)
  • Mental Health in Oncology Nursing

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is organized by the World Federation for Mental Health
This year’s Day is supported by WHO, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and United for Global Mental Health.

In this regard, faculty members of Ziauddin College of Nursing Ms Daizi Jafer and Ms Shabnam Hamir attended the event on October 10th 2019 at Karwan-e-Hayat, Karachi

The theme of the event was: Suicide prevention

The event was divided on different sub-topics: Building Resilience, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention and Contributing factors to suicide prevention.

The program was attended by Prof. Dr. Iqbal Afridi, Prof, Dr, Raza-ur-Rehman, Prof. Dr. Imran and Prof. Dr. Farukh Ahmed. The chief guest was Health secretary Government of Sindh.

The major highlight was to share the factors by giving presentation on above topics on prevention of suicide.

Pre Regional Midwifery Summit

To advance the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women Regional Midwifery Summit was organized at Karachi from 09-10th October 2019.this Summit was organized by Midwifery Association of Pakistan along with WHO and UNFPA. From Ziauddin University College of nursing three faculties were the members of Task force and scientific committee.

Pre regional Midwifery summit was organized at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Institute of Nursing on 7th of October 2019. The topic of which was,” Midwifery Educator competencies by World Health Organization and the speaker was Ms Shehla Naeem Zafar, Principle DUHS, Institute of Nursing

The faculties Ms Bella Richard and Ms Komal attended the session. Different teaching learning strategies along with hands on practice sessions were used in order to create the impact.

Regional Midwifery Summit

To advance the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women Regional Midwifery Summit was organized at Karachi from 09-10th October 2019.this Summit was organized by Midwifery Association of Pakistan along with WHO and UNFPA. From Ziauddin University College of nursing three faculties were the members of Task force and scientific committee.

On 10th of October 2019, the day started talking about the situation of midwife across the globe where the representatives from different countries like Bangladesh, Bahrain, Nepal, Indonesia Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan etc shared their views and experiences. Later on the program was continued with the sessions on different topic. ZUCON faculty (Ms. Saima, Ms. Ashraf and Dr Farah) were the Facilitators for the session on, “Research & Scholarly work for Midwives.” Whereas Ms. Alia Nasir (Principal & Associate Professor) was the chair of the session on Role of Midwife in ECD, and plenary discussion on Community based solutions on Family planning, Reproductive Health in Midwifery, and Midwifery Regulations.

Pre- Regional Midwifery Workshop

To advance the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women Regional Midwifery Summit was organized at Karachi from 09-10th October 2019.this Summit was organized by Midwifery Association of Pakistan along with WHO and UNFPA. From Ziauddin University College of nursing three faculties were the members of Task force and scientific committee.

Pre regional workshop was organized at ZUCON on 8th of October 2019. The topic of which was, “Post-partum care in transition: Role of Midwives in obstetrics and rehabilitation.” The faculties and the midwifery students as well as senior midwives from Dr ziauddin hospital attended the session. Fortunately Dr. Aijaz Fatima graced the event where she shared the history of Ziauddin hospital. Different teaching learning strategies along with hands on practice sessions were used in order to create the impact.

Report for Implementation Plan for Nursing and Midwifery

In connection to start the Degree program in Sindh’s Nursing Institute, a highest level meeting was conducted on October 8th 2019 at Gulab Hall, Movenpick Hotel   in Karachi where Federal Ministry Lead consultants Dr Ghulam Nabi Qazi, Director NHSRC Dr Sabeen, Leaders from PNC, UNFPA, Jhapiego’s, AKUSONAM, DUHS, Ziauddin University College of Nursing, SNEB, and Directorate of Nursing analyzed the situations and reiterated their resolve to hasten further steps. The few impediments were identified that are to be resolved the earliest. The Director thanked the supporting agencies and honored technocrats from Federal Ministry for their commitment and vowed to seek Sindh Government helps to implement the plan. Ms Alia Nasir, Principle ZCON contributed her part by emphasizing and encouraging the participants to strengthen the Nursing profession in the country.

DAY 5: THE GRAND TAMBOLA+CLOSING CEREMONY+NURSING RESEARCH SEMINAR

On the 5th day, The Grand Tambola was organized by Students Council to bring some fun and excitement to the students. Cash prizes were also distributed to the winners of the game rounds.

On the same day, Nursing Research Seminars were also organized by the students of graduating year BSN-IV and topics of the seminars were:

  • Nurse Patient Relationship
  • GCS Monitoring
  • Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of High Alert Medication
  • Importance of Discharge Teaching
  • Awareness on Blood Transfusion

Then, closing ceremony was organized by Students Council which was attended by Mr. Shabbar Virani (Cooridator Student Affairs, Ziauddin University). In the closing ceremony, winners of the cultural day, sports day, health fair and nursing seminar were announced. The announcements of New Students Council members were also done by Mr. Shabbar Virani.

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DAY 4: HEALTH AND FUN MELA

On 4th day of EC WEEK 2019, a Health and Fun Mela was organized by the students of MSN-I, BSN-I and BSN-II. This Health and Fun Mela was organized to educate the students about various health issues and how to overcome these issues. There were some health assessment setups and also stalls regarding nutrition. The Chief Guests who attended this Health and Fun Mela were Dr Inayat Ali Khan (Expert from Neurosurgery department) and Dr Tazeen Saeed from Aga Khan University Hospital (Assistant Dean, Research and Assistant Proffesor AKUSON). Dr Tazeen Saeed highly appreciated the efforts of MSN and BSN students for accomplishment of the assigned tasks related to Health Fair. She emphasized on the fact that Health fairs serve many purposes. The most important purpose is found within Healthcare’s mission statement — helping people live the healthiest lives possible. The central purpose of a community health fair is to help individuals be healthier by seeking to engage the public in conversation about common health issues and concerns. The fair was a grand success as it provides basic health screenings for little or no cost. Simple health screenings such as blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol blood tests, body composition, vision and hearing tests, offer both positive health feedback and identify at risk individuals.

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DAY-1: OPENING CEREMONY AND CULTURE SHOW

The Extracurricular week for the year 2019 was organized by Student Council of  Ziauddin University College of Nursing for the students to freshen up their minds and take a break from tough study schedules and assignments deadlines as it results in improved physical and mental health.

This wonderful week started from “Opening Ceremony”, attended by chief guests which included Dr. Aijaz Fatima (Pioneer of Dr. Ziauddin Group of Hospitals), Dr. Sarah Salman (Head of Office, World Health Organization Sindh Office), Dr. Shireen Mansoor (Medical Superintendent of Dr Ziauddin Hospital, North Campus) and Dr. Inayat Ali Khan. On this auspicious occasion, Dr. Sarah Salman appreciated and motivated Nursing students towards the significance of this profession and the responsibility that a Nurse holds for the betterment of mankind. She also highlighted the importance of recreational and extra-curricular activities for building sharp and active minds.

A Culture Show was also held on Day 1 of Extracurricular WEEK which was organized by Students of BSN year III, in which they took the students and guest to a journey of the beautiful cultures of Pakistan.

Participation in Nursing Research Fair by MSN Students ZCON

A Young Scholar Research Exhibition was organized on 5th August, 2019 at Aga Khan University which was the first student led research event in Sindh for MSN students. Students of MSN Year I and II along with faculty members attended the event with complete zest and zeal and interacted energetically with students and HODs from LUMHS, AKU AND DUHS.Ms Alia Nasir, Principal ZCON played a key role as an active panelist in the discussion phase. It was a moment of pride to hear about Ms.Daizi Jafar, Sr. Lecturer at Ziauddin College of Nursing and MSN student secured first position in poster presentation entitled “Self Esteem of patients receiving chemotherapy treatment in Tertiary care hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

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