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11TH Annual Collaborative Nurses Conference Reflection


Marvin A. Berueda
Kapiolani Community College

NURSES CONFERENCE REFLECTION

11TH Annual Collaborative Nurses Conference Reflection


On September 4, 2015 my classmates and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a
professional nurses conference. There were many speakers who talked about various topics
ranging from home births to post traumatic stress from disasters. There were so many interesting
discussion topics and they were all appropriate for the material we are covering this semester.
The booths outside of the conference room were also very informational. Upon completion of
our nursing course there are a few Student Learning Outcomes that are expected of us throughout
the semester. This conference definitely helped me develop a few of these expectations.
The opening speakers talked about medical response to major emergencies and disasters
in Hawaii. This was especially fitting due to the situation Hawaii is in right now. It was an
appropriate discussion to promote preparation not only for our individual families but to prepare
as health care workers. An interesting part of their presentation was when they explained in a
timeline what a category 4 hurricane would do to our islands. Our electricity would be disrupted
for up to two months, our water and waste water would be unavailable for up to 6 weeks, our
food and fuel would be expended in seven days etc. Among other things, this was great
information to know in order to plan according to worst case scenarios
This discussion was an example of Seeking information to develop plans of nursing care
that are family-centered, age- and culturally appropriate using evidence based clinical
guidelines. The speakers shared that majority believe that the government is responsible for
their preparedness. This tells me that the majority are unprepared for a disaster. Less preparation
would result in a higher chance of casualties occurring which is why it was beneficial to know
what the hospitals plan is. They shared the five core missions in response to a natural disaster.
I thought it was beneficial for them to not only share how health care workers should
prepare but also how we should prepare for ourselves and our family. They shared many

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resources that we can use to prepare for natural disaster. These are resources that we should share
with our families and friends as well. He discussed how planning for ourselves and planning for
children are totally different. We were able to learn about their needs, what kind of injuries
theyre more susceptible to, as well as psychological planning for a child. Overall it was a great
topic of discussion and I benefited from what both speakers had to say.
Another beneficial topic that was discussed during the conference was Posttraumatic
Stress from Disasters: Dealing with Family and Caregivers. The topic of this conference was
Expect the unexpected: When things dont go as planned. When things dont go as planned it
can affect an individual and their family. Its important to be prepared for these situations
because they do happen. Some people cope better than others and its important to understand
what these people are going through.
This topic helped develop my ability to Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills
in interactions and relationships with families, individuals, and other members of the health care
team. The speakers talked about how health care workers should handle individuals who are
grieving, suffering, or experiencing a traumatic event. It is very important to know what is
appropriate and what is inappropriate to say to these individuals. I also liked how they spoke
about the timing of when certain things should be said. This was such a great topic of discussion
because I believe as health care workers traumatic events are inevitable. We must be prepared to
handle the most difficult situations in the most professional and therapeutic way possible.
In conclusion I really enjoyed this conference and I gained so much insight from my
attendance. Its amazing to be able to have this opportunity to broaden my learning in a
conference with different health care professionals. To be able to experience all of this at a
special price was just an incredible opportunity. The information I received in this conference are

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things I will be able to use in my nursing practice this semester. I know more about homebirths,
how to deal with family and caregivers in times of disaster, disaster preparedness, as well as
therapeutic hypothermia in the newborn. I plan to attend more conferences in the future because I
believe that these events are beneficial in a health care system that is constantly developing. It
supports continued education which as a result promotes improved health care.