Day 2 :
University of the City of Manila, Philippines
Time : 09:00-09:40
Gilmore G. Solidum is a Professor at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the city of Manila) and was former Dean of the College of Nursing and University Registrar of the same institution. Dr. Solidum is a registered nurse and a licensed professional teacher. Aside from his basic nursing education, he is a holder of a master’s degree in psychology and nursing and has a doctorate in management. Dr. Solidum is an awarded educator and researcher. His involvement goes beyond the academe as he is also active in professional development activities and community development initiatives.
Many health concerns are brought about by disregard to the simplest and most basic health care practices. The problem of health-care associated infections (HAI) is immense with 1/10-25 patients developing it and over 1.4 million cases at a given time worldwide. Sequelae of HAI, an infection absents upon hospital admission but acquired during the hospitalization, include more serious illness, longer hospital, chronic disability and even death. HAI is drawing more attention from stakeholders because of the heightened recognition that these infections are preventable. Health care workers frequently serve as conduit for the spread of infections to other clients in their care. Hand hygiene, the most efficient and cost-effective means of controlling hospital infection, is the most ignored intervention. A study assessed, through direct observation, the hand hygiene practices of selected Filipino junior nursing students of a city-run university (in Manila, Philippines) during drug administration and in-between patient care at a selected tertiary hospital during the students’ three-week clinical exposure in a medical-surgical unit. Results indicates the low hand hygiene compliance rates. Interestingly, the study also showed that with minimal prompting improvement was noticed weeks after with various reminders (as the only intervention) provided to students. Emphasis on infection control measures should be given to students at this level to instill the habit of hand hygiene. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges that continuous staff education and improving personnel accountability are among simple measures toward infection control. With this and the ever-changing landscape in the health care delivery system, ensuring that nurses engage in lifelong learning is the position of the institute of medicine to move the nursing profession forward. As advancement in health technology rapidly ensues and clients’ demands and expectations to health care providers increase, nurses should be competent to meet the challenge. Continuous learning is essential to gain competencies needed to provide care for various clienteles across settings and lifespans. Lifelong learning includes all learning activities undertaken throughout life for the development of competencies and qualifications. A study describing lifelong learning among Filipino nurses of a tertiary government hospital in Manila, Philippines reveals that respondent nurses have a moderately high level for autonomous learning. Further, respondents prefer to plan their own learning, consider themselves as self-directed learners, love learning for learning’s sake and take it as their responsibility to make sense of what has been learned in school. As lifelong learning is increasingly drawing interest, health care leaders should encourage creative and newer strategies to engage health care personnel in lifelong learning.
University of the Philippines, Philippines
Time : 09:40-10:20
Dr. Judilynn N. Solidum is Professor IV at the University of the Philippines, Manila and is the Administrative officer of the Association of Higher Education Multidisciplinary Researchers Incorporated, Philippines. She is a licensed pharmacist, an MS degree holder in Pharmacology, and a PhD degree holder in Environmental Science. Dr. Judy has her share of editorial positions as well as publications on both national and international levels. She has also been recognized on local, national and international tiers with awards related to her work as a journal peer reviewer, a translational researcher, and a storybook author especially on subjects concerning dengue prevention. She is one of the Philippine scholars, ready and willing to serve for the betterment of Filipino communities.
Translational research is a process where what has been gathered in the laboratory or clinic or field becomes the springboard for innovation for societal improvement. New scientific methods and technologies, interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary approaches, collaborative institutional arrangements are built to narrow the gap between basic science and its application to product and process innovation. In translational research, knowledge exchange is important for decision making. Knowledge generation funders, knowledge intermediaries, knowledge producers all work together for knowledge users to be able to utilize research results. In 2012, when dengue incidence was high in the Philippines, the three year Dengue Remove program was approved by the Department of Science and Technology, National Research Council of the Philippines, for the prevention of the disease. In the pilot area, Old Balara Quezon City, and several areas in Manila, parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, an innovation on Dengue prevention was applied. Elementary and pre-school students were educated on things related to dengue and its prevention. Storytelling was the strategy used to effectively relay the necessary information regarding dengue among the said age grouped students. Original storybooks were utilized to educate children on how to lessen the occurrence of Dengue in their respective communities. The strategy showed improvements on their knowledge regarding dengue and its prevention. Pre and post tests were used that determined the positive result. The difference between the tests showed extreme significance by means of t-test. A decline in the incidence of dengue occurred in the pilot place. Translation of innovation in research results improved Filipino public health.