Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Biennial PNAH Education Day Conference
By Cielito Matias- Schwartz, PNAH President
Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system, and their continuous education and professional development are pivotal to ensuring the highest standards of care. Recently, the Philippine Nurses Association of Hawaii (PNAH) hosted a remarkable Nurses Education Day Conference on November 11, 2023, marking a milestone in the ongoing journey of nursing excellence. The theme of the conference was entitled “Emerge with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Healthcare Strategies for Nursing and Our Communities”.
Hosted at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, the event drew in nurses from various specialties, bringing together a diverse community of healthcare professionals eager to expand their knowledge and skills. The atmosphere buzzed with enthusiasm as attendees mingled, exchanged insights, visited and collected swag from exhibitor booths, and prepared for a day filled with learning opportunities.
The conference kicked off with an inspiring keynote address from Dr. Sasha Rarang, PhD a special guest who flew in from California. Her impassioned topic entitled “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Social Justice in Relation to Nursing Education and Practice” appropriately set the tone for the day, emphasizing the importance of diversity in lifelong learning, adaptability in healthcare, and the impact of nurses on patient outcomes.
Throughout the day, the conference offered a rich array of speakers as well as poster presentations covering a spectrum of topics. From emerging healthcare technologies to mental health support strategies, each session and poster was thoughtfully curated to address and educate the contemporary challenges and innovations in nursing practice.
Networking opportunities were abundant, fostering connections and collaborations among attendees. Nurses from different specialties and healthcare settings exchanged ideas, forged professional relationships, and laid the groundwork for future collaborations, further enriching their professional journeys.