19 July, 2022 • Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

A look back to lead forward: Tracing new paths to excellence in nursing and midwifery

On July 19, Dr. Mira Jovanovski Dasic represented the SEEHN Network at the High-Level Anniversary Conference, Looking Back to Lead Forward: Tracing new paths to excellence in nursing and midwifery, in Bucharest, Romania.

The conference was organized under the High Patronage of the President of Romania, by the Order of Nurses and Midwives from Romania in partnership with the Chamber of Deputies and the Ministry of Health, with the participation of outstanding representatives from the World Health Organization/Regional Office for Europe, the International Council of Nursing, the European Federation of Nurses’ Associations, the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, the European Nursing Council, the USA and other bilateral partner organizations.

High-ranking officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government of Romania and honorable parliamentarians joined the event in the presence of more than 500 participants, nurses and midwives from Romania.

In addition to being an anniversary edition of 20 years of organizational development of the professional organization, the event marked the crucial role of nurses and midwives as essential actors in providing adequate care for people, promoting and protecting the health of communities, or responding to health threats.

The director of the SEEHN Secretariat addressed the audience in the second panel of the Conference, aimed to promote the strategic importance of investing in nursing and midwifery in upskilling the healthcare professionals to support their vital contribution to sustainable health policies.
„Nurses are one of the core pillars of the health systems and are at the forefront of the COVID-19 response – providing care and playing a critical role in emergency risk reduction, preparedness and response. Therefore, it is crucial to match national health policies and strategies with labour market demands and educational policies and plans. Raising educational program standards and providing retraining opportunities would enable local healthcare workers to get new knowledge and experience without relocating”, dr. Dasic highlighted in the beginning of her intervention.
Several SEEHN initiatives aimed at strengthening and modernizing the workforce capacities in nursing and midwifery in areas such as mental health, in primary care, in vaccination, in NCDs were shared with the audience, placing an emphasis on the added value of the regional cooperation to maximise health outcomes in the region.

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