Ayrshire Hospice represented at 4th Worldwide Nursing Conference in Singapore

Ayrshire Hospice represented at 4th Worldwide Nursing Conference in Singapore

Posted on 8 August 2016 by Monika Reichelt

Ayrshire Hospice Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Meriel Conn recently represented the hospice at the 4th Worldwide Nursing Conference on 18th and 19th of July in Singapore. Meriel was granted a place at the conference following a two year project entitled “The Role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Palliative care”. The study was the first collaborative project supported by the memorandum of understanding between Ayrshire Hospice and University of the West of Scotland. With the support from Professor Jean Rankin from UWS, the project report was converted into an academic article and officially accepted for oral presentation at the conference, making it an international publication.

The conference, which takes place annually, is widely attended by the nursing professionals from all over the world and aims to touch upon the latest innovations within clinical care as well highlighting opportunities in the areas of education, technology and communication. Having such an international array of different nursing practices not only helps us to promote the work of the hospice on the worldwide stage, but also encourages experiences and knowledge to be exchanged leading to improved understanding of nursing practice.

Meriel said: “Hearing about the challenges faced in different parts of the world really put my role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in real perspective. The diversity of experiences we have within the same role is absolutely mind blowing. To me personally it was a truly exciting and humbling experience”.

Meriel’s presentation examined the necessity for Advanced Nurse Practitioners in palliative and end-of-life care by highlighting the skills and invaluable knowledge required within this profession as well as the benefits it brings to hospice patients.

She added: “It was an absolute privilege to be able to speak about our hospice’s services, people and values in front of many highly qualified nursing practitioners from all over the world. I am truly grateful for this opportunity”.

Ayrshire Hospice is extremely proud of Meriel’s achievement and hopes that the expertise she has shared with others at the conference will contribute to improved international knowledge about palliative care in the UK as well as the Ayrshire Hospice itself.