Nurses learn to use evidence-based practice in their profession


Minister Larue addressing guests and delegates at the launch of the conference on Saturday

The aim was to bring more awareness on this practice and to empower the nurses to identify what evidence to use and how to interpret it.

The conference, held under the theme ‘Nurses promoting evidence-based practice for better health care’, has been organised by the Nurses Association of the Republic of Seychelles (Nars) as part of activities to mark Nars’ 35th anniversary this month.

As she officially launched the conference held at the Sheikh Khalifa Diagnostic Centre, Health Minister Mitcy Larue said Nars has contributed greatly to the development of nursing and health care.

Mrs Larue said it is important for nurses to maintain a high level of professionalism and called on them to support the ministry in developing policies and strategies required to strengthen the health system.

Speaking at the conference, Education Minister Macsuzy Mondon, who is the patron of Nars, congratulated the association on its achievements during the 35 years.

She called on all nurses to join the association and to help in promoting the image of nursing nationally and internationally.

Mrs Mondon reaffirmed the Ministry of Education’s commitment to keep promoting the nursing profession among secondary school students.

“Let us join forces and promote the profession so that we can have a nurse from every home in Seychelles,” she added.

Among those present were principal secretary for health Veronique Laporte, health commissioner Dr Jude Gédéon and other ministry officials.

There was also an international speaker from the Southern African Network for Nurses and Midwives, its executive director Nyangi Philemon Ngomu.

He gave a presentation on the role of nurses and midwives in promoting evidence-based practice to improve health care.

Nars president Elsia Sinon also gave an overview of the evolution of the association.

Other presentations on the day included the national immunisation programme and views of Seychellois nurses on continuing education.