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12 Feb 2013
The QNI recently hosted a senior academic from The University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing, Professor Josafina Tuazon. The event, on 11 February, was the culmination of a ten day visit to the UK. Professor Tuazon met with Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the QNI, and other leading nurse educators.
The meeting identified the following key areas for learning and collaboration between the Philippines and the UK:
The meeting will lead to an application for research funding to explore community nursing culture, practice and education in both countries, with the aim of learning from each other to improve patient care in each of our countries.
Crystal Oldman noted, ‘This is an exciting opportunity for shared learning across cultures, practice and education systems. The conditions which led to the foundation of the QNI 125 years ago are being replicated now in The Philippines. Those who cannot afford nursing in the home either do not receive the care they need, or have to be admitted to hospital.’
Professor Tuazon also spent time with Queen’s Nurse Gina Hibell, an Advanced Community Nurse Practitioner, in Hastings, East Sussex and Madeleine Trotter, a District Nursing Sister and Team Leader in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Professor Tuazon commented, ‘Queen’s Nurses provide a blueprint for the high quality community nursing service required in the Philippines. I would like to explore the potential for a similar system of recognition of excellence in community nursing there.’
Left to Right: Dr Margaret Greenfields (Director of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS); Crystal Oldman, QNI Chief Executive; Professor Josefina Tuazon (Dean of the University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing); Agnes Fanning (Department Manager for Primary Care and Public Health at Bucks New University) and Ros Bryar (Professor of Community and Primary Care Nursing and Head of Public Health and Primary Care Unit at City University and Fellow of the QNI).