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Global Human Caring Conference Wuhan - China

Asst. Professor Jacqueline Whelan was invited by Emeritus Professor Jean Watson onto the International Planning Committee for the First Global Human Caring Conference in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in October. This Conference was co - sponsored by Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, HUST, Watson Caring Science Institute and the Humanistic Nursing Committee of Chinese Association for Life Care all of whom were exceptional in welcoming distinguished experts and guests. The scale was significant with over 1400 abstract submissions, 1200 attendees from 17 countries around the world and over 840 poster displays. Keynotes were delivered by many distinguished speakers in the field including Professor Jean Watson, Professor Brendan McCormack (Head of Divison of Nursing, Queen Margaret's University, Edinburgh), Professor Marlaine Smith (Florida Atlantic University), Dr. Shu-Chuan Chang (Taiwan), Prof. Xinjuan Wu (Chairperson of Chinese Nursing Association), Prof. Yu Hu (Vice President of Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College), Dr. Angie Chenhu (Vice Dean Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Prof. Naohiro Hohashi (Kobe University Japan), Professor Mary Jo Kreitzer (University of Minnesota).

Thirty two special lectures were given by experts from around the globe followed by multiple thematic concurrent sessions. A paper on 'Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in Ireland - An Exploration' was accepted for presentation as a special lecture on behalf of the Spiritual Interest Group following the launch of a research report in June (compiled by some group members on behalf of the HSE). A second paper, developed in conjunction with Dr Anne- Marie Ryan, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health,  'Reaffirming the Values in Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Republic of Ireland' following the publication of the first position paper on values in nursing by the Chief Nursing Office in the Department of Health in June this year was also presented as a Special Paper. Presentations were translated into Chinese and both papers were very well received.

I was subsequently invited by Dr Yilan Liu (Chairperson of the Conference) to visit the Children's Haematology Unit of Wuhan Union Hospital where medical and nursing staff highlighted how Caring Science is translated and fully integrated into patient care, how it is experienced by both families and nurses. I attended a Masterclass given by Dr Watson and Dr Sara Horton - Deutsch (University of Colorado USA) and Dr Elisabeth Chang (George Mason University) at Wuhan Polytechnic University
to Master students, An additional invite was also extended by Dr Heping Yang (Dean of Nursing, Wuchang Polytechnic University) to discuss the Development of the Nursing Profession and Nursing Education in Ireland with 30 academic staff. I provided an overview of The School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Agenda in addition to discussing International Programmes currently available in the School. As a consequence, Dr Heping is seeking to build international collaboration with our school. The Global Conference and other invites created the conditions for advancing intercultural caring exchanges, understanding, practicing, enabling meaningful caring moments, caring research, and developing global caring connections.