First Int’l Nursing Experiences Sharing Webinar COVID-19 in China

Submitted by Chinese Nursing Association
October 24, 2020

On September 17th, 2020, Chinese Nursing Association hosted the International Nursing Experiences Sharing Webinar on COVID-19 Pandemic, with the theme of “Uniting to Fight COVID-19, Nursing the World to Health”.

This year is designated as the International Year of Nurses and Midwives to celebrate the Bicentennial of Florence Nightingale. As COVID-19 is raging the world, hundreds of thousands of medics and nurses are at the forefront to contain the pandemic by using their expertise and professional skills, which fully and vividly demonstrates the spirit of Florence Nightingale. The purpose of this Webinar is to share and learn experiences from experts, showcase anti-epidemic achievements made by different countries, and express gratitude for nurses’ contribution worldwide. The Webinar was broadcast live in Chinese and English, amounting more than 164, 000 viewers joined online, giving Chinese healthcare workers a chance to learn about first-hand global anti-epidemic strategies and efforts for the first time.

Attending and speaking at the Webinar is President Walter De Caro of Italian Nursing Association, President Daw Yin Mya of Myanmar Nurses Association, President Joao Fernandes of Portuguese Nursing Association, and Vice President Yohgasundary Letchumanan of Malaysian Nurses Association. President Valentina Sarkisova of Russian Nurses Association and President Anne Marie Rafferty of the Royal College of Nursing participated in the Webinar via video recording.

Speakers shared their insightful anti-epidemic experiences, explaining prevention actions and policies implemented by their government, the leadership role of their NNA, and the difficulties they faced in fighting the epidemic. Highly affirmed the important role played in preventing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic by nurses worldwide and highlighted the importance of international solidarity in COVID-19 pandemic response.

During the event, President Xinjuan WU of Chinese Nursing Association shared the success experiences of China’s anti-epidemic measures. She emphasised on the role of Chinese nurses in infection prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic. China had about 4.1 million registered nurses, including nearly 200,000 registered nurses in Hubei by the end of 2018. This is slightly more than the number of licensed doctors (3.6 million, including licensed doctors and assistant doctors). By 29 February 2020, 28,600 nurses nationwide, volunteered to support their nursing colleagues in Hubei. Nurses made up 68% of the external medical aid volunteers who supported healthcare practices in Hubei. The speed in assembling the medical aid teams was unprecedented. In many hospitals, volunteers were enlisted, and supplies collected within 24 hours. Nurses stayed on duty and were away from their family, even during the Chinese New Year holidays. She also explained the many anti-epidemic guidelines published by the Chinese Nursing Association and the way CNA used its leadership role to lobby for improved working conditions for Chinese nurses during the epidemic.

Director Hui WANG of Nursing Department, Wuhan Tonji Hospital also shared the important role of specialised nurses in caring for critically ill patients with COVID-19. Over 5,500 intensive care nurses dispatched to help Wuhan, the city most affected by COVID-19, accounting for 3/4 of the total number of critical care medical workers. “The more critically ill the patient was, the closer nurses cooperated with doctors in providing life support treatments. The more rigorous monitoring conducted by nurses, the less happened complications patients would have.”

Supervision Commissioner Yahui JIAO of Bureau of Medical Administration, National Health Commission of China, and Deputy Director-General Qinglin WANG of Department of International Affairs, China Association for Science and Technology thanked the attending guests and speakers for their insightful inputs. In their opening speech, they applauded the leadership role of the Chinese Nursing Association and acknowledged the contribution of nurses fighting COVID-19 globally.