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Critical Care Nursing experts from RGU to inform Indian health development


Two leading Critical Care Nursing specialists from Aberdeen will share their knowledge and experience at an international nursing conference in India this weekend.

Dr Sheelagh Martindale and lecturer Vanessa Smith from Robert Gordon University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery will share their experiences of Critical Care Nursing at an international conference in Mumbai.Dr Sheelagh Martindale, Head of Professional Development at Robert Gordon University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, will be joined by Critical Care Nursing Lecturer Vanessa Smith at The Critical Care Nurses Society’s first international conference in Mumbai on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

More than 400 international delegates are expected to attend the event in the city’s Holy Spirit Hospital which will highlight the importance of Critical Care Nursing (CCN) and the need to reach new heights in professional standards and quality of care.

The trip, which has been part-funded by Scottish Development International (SDI), will see the two Scottish health care experts establish links with health professionals in India and discuss the UK’s Critical Care Nursing system.

Dr Martindale will chair a discussion panel at the conference which will cover a range of issues related to Critical Care Nursing, including: clinical experience, advancing practice and the challenges faced by critical care professionals.

She said: “India is currently strengthening its critical care workforce and the country’s health community is eager to learn from and adopt best practices from other countries. The UK has a highly developed network of Critical Care Nursing and we’re please to be able to share our experiences with our colleagues in India.”

Vanessa Smith will give two presentations at the conference which will outline work done to develop the field in the United Kingdom as well as the possibilities for the future of Critical Care Nursing. She will also focus on how to more effectively define Critical Care Nursing within the health sector through the development of professional competencies and national frameworks.

Mrs Smith said: “The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Critical Care Nursing to an international audience. We are both looking forward to learning more about health care systems around the world and as well as highlighting the areas where the UK’s system is leading the way.”

Issued by
Ross Anderson
Communications Officer | Health and Sport

Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: (01224) 262389
Email: ross.anderson@rgu.ac.uk