Webinar - Nursing in the New Era of Infection and Communicable Disease: 2020 and Beyond

The Department of Nursing is delighted to present Nursing in the New Era of Infection and Communicable Disease: 2020 and Beyond, a webinar which we are hosting in collaboration with Universitas 21, featuring keynote speaker Ann Kurth, Dean of Nursing at Yale University. The webinar will be held on 12 May, International Day of the Nurse and the Midwife, in part a tribute to the vital contribution nurses have made on the front line in the fight against COVID 19.

In the era of COVID-19, the chosen topic couldn’t be any more timely. The emergence of novel infections such as, HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola and now COVID-19, are the result of widespread degradation of the environment in which we live. Globally, destruction of natural habitats, urbanisation, population densification and mobilisation create the ideal conditions for new diseases to evolve and then be transmitted to humans.

Nurses have long contributed to public health efforts to limit communicable disease transmission through the development and delivery of prevention, surveillance, and management programs. In light of the current pandemic, it is timely to revisit our contribution to population health level efforts in responding to infectious diseases and to consider what this might mean for the development and education of future generations of nurses.

We aim to share and learn from the recent experiences of our international counterparts in the role nurses play in preventing, predicting, and responding to the COVID 19 pandemic. In doing so, we will explore implications for nurses’ scope of practice and consider strategies for enhancing the capacity and capability of the future nursing workforce.

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