The workshop -Practice Development and Patient Safety- was held at the school from March 9, 2015 to March 11, 2015. The keynote speaker of the workshop was Professor Robert McSherry from Teesside University, UK. The workshop was attended by national and international participants from fields as diverse as nursing, midwifery, medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, etc. The participants were mostly university instructors, registered nurses, and graduate students.
International attendees were from the University of Kufa, Iraq, the University of Karbala, Iraq, and the University of Najaf, Iraq, and Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
The first day of the workshop commenced with welcomes and introductions by Manouchehr Kouhestani, the coordinator of international affairs of the school, Professor Mahvash Salsali, the vice dean of international affairs, and Dr. Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, the dean of the school of Nursing and Midwifery.
On the first day of the workshop, Professor McSherry delivered a presentation titled “An insider Perspective not to be Missed: Implications for Practice Development, Structural Empowerment, and Patient Safety”. The presentation was followed by the attendees’ questions and comments’ and the speaker’s answers.
Later on, Dr. Nygell Topp from Murdoch University, Australia, aided by Dr. Afrooz Najafzadeh, delivered a virtual presentation titled “Enhanced Preparedness for Clinical Practice, a Murdoch University Perspective”. At the end of his presentation, some participants asked questions and with the help of Dr. Marzieh Hasanpour, the executive director of the workshop and Dr. Afrooz Najafzadeh, their questions were translated into English and then answered by Dr. Topp.
On the second day of the workshop, Professor Salsali opened the session with a wrap-up of what was covered on the first day. She then presented a lecture on “Advanced Practice Development: Advanced Practice Nursing”. Later on the day, Professor McSherry delivered two presentations titled “Enhancing Practice in Nursing: Championing Quality Nursing and Caring Through Practice Development?” and “Promoting Evidence-based Practice Through Practice Development: Getting Started, Getting Involved?” Both presentations were followed by the participants’ questions and comments which were answered or commented upon by the speaker.
The third and the last day of the workshop began with two presentations by faculty members of the school, Dr. Tahmineh Salehi and Ms. Pourtaghi about clinical governance and accreditation.
Afterwards, Professor McSherry delivered his final presentation “A Celebration and Review of the Excellence in Practice Accreditation Scheme 10 Years on!” This presentation too was followed by the participants’ questions and remarks.
Then, Dr. Cheraghi and Dr. Mohammad Hossein Nekoofar, the director of international relations, accreditation and ranking of the university thanked Professor McSherry for accepting to hold the workshop and delivering informative presentations. Dr. Nekoofar informed the participants that Professor McSherry had been appointed the university’s visiting professor by Dr. Ali Arab Kheradmand, the vice chancellor for global strategies and international affairs.
In the evening, Professor McSherry and the international participants accompanied by Dr. Cheraghi, Professor Salsali, Dr. Hasanpour and a number of Iranian participants visited Children’s Medical Center and Imam Khomeini Hospital’s emergency ward. The visitors asked the nurses and official questions and became acquainted with the wards.
The workshop ended in the evening of March 11, 2015.
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