Under the patronage of BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, the Faculty of Health Sciences organised The First BAU International Nursing Conference: High Fidelity Simulation in Nursing Education and Practice in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University-USA and the Order of Nurses in Lebanon, hospital directors, deans of nursing faculties, nursing professors and students in Lebanon.
After the National Anthem, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at BAU Professor Rajaa Fakhoury spoke about the importance of cooperation with international universities and organising international conferences, which leads to increased opportunities for students to learn and share the latest innovations in the field of nursing education and practice. "We aim to make a real and reliable contribution to the nursing community in line with the vision and mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences," said Fakhoury.
President El-Adawi’s speech focused on the importance of holding such conferences in keeping with the university strategy and contributing to the advancement of the nursing education and practice in Lebanon and the region through keeping abreast of the latest techniques and methods in the field, which puts nurses at the forefront of health care and provides students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for their careers.
In addition to the faculty academic staff members, Dr. Nancy Sullivan from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Rana Al Najjar from the Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Carrie Olsen from The Arctic University of Norway gave several lectures on the importance of reality simulation and its application in the nursing programs.
The conference included several lectures on the development of the concepts of simulation and their use in the development of the nursing education and practice, with the participation of professors from the Department of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine at Beirut Arab University. Several workshops were held on the side-lines of this international conference in which participants interacted with advanced simulation concepts in practical experiments, giving them a clearer picture of how these concepts are applied.