Society of Perioperative Nursing (SPN) India
SPN India President attended IFPN meeting at Yorkshire, UK, Sep, 2019
Society of Perioperative Nursing, India president Prof Suresh K Sharma attended the meeting of International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN) at University of York, Yorkshire, UK on 9th September, 2019.
WOUNDCON-2019, Nov, 2019
Team of SPN, India actively collaborated in WOUNDCON-2019 organized at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh from 15th – 17th November, 2019. International faculty namely Kate Woodhead, Juliet Price were invited to take special course for perioperative nurses during the conference. A dedicated hands-on workshop was organized for perioperative nurses with special focus on management of surgical wounds.
Basic surgical nursing skill course, Nov, 2019
First basic surgical nursing skill course was organized in collaboration with Association for Perioperative Practices (AfPP), UK at College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand from 22-23 November 2019. The course was organized under secretaryship of Dr Rakesh Sharma and mentored by international (Tracy Elizabeth William, President, AfPP and Lisa Tierney) and national nursing faculty, where 111 perioperative nurses were trained and certified for basic surgical nursing skills.
Official registration of society, Dec, 2019
Society of Perioperative Nursing (SPN) officially born on 26th February, 2019 during the first two days International Perioperative Nursing Symposium organized at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. However, this society was officially registered on 20th December, 2019 under the society registrations Act, 1860 of Government of India [Act No. 21 of year 1860; Reg. No. UK06003122019002884, dated 20.12.2019].
International conference of SPN India, Feb, 2020
An international conference of SPN India was organised at College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan from 25th – 27th Feb, 2020 under chairpersonship of Prof Raj Rani, & Prof Suresh K Sharma and secretaryship of Dr Ashok Kumar. Preconference workshop was held on 25th Feb, 2020, which was attended by more than 207 nurses and they got opportunity learn hands-on perioperative nursing skills. The main conference was organized on 26th & 27th Feb, 2020, which was attended by 562 participants and galaxy of national and international perioperative experts highlighted evidence based preoperative practices for safe surgeries in the country. The key international speakers present during conference were Mona Guckian Fisher, President, IFPN, Patrick Voight, Treasure IFPN, Deborah Small, Chief Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic, London, UK, Minija Joseph, Nurse Manager Theatres, Cleveland Clinic London, UK, Craig Nuttall, Associate Teaching Professor College of Nursing Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, USA, and Ryan Rasmussen Global Health and International Studies Coordinator Associate Teaching Professor College of Nursing Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, USA.
Minija Joseph India Award-2020
SPN India, announced the ‘Minija Joseph Award’ for the best theater nurse of the country with cash prize of 10,000 (INR Ten Thousand) and a certificate, which was financially supported by Mrs Minija Joseph Nurse Manager Theatres, Cleveland Clinic London, UK. The first award was won by Geethu; she is working as Paediatric Operation Theater Nurse at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai. This award was given-away by Mrs Minija Joseph herself during the inaugural function of International Conference of Perioperative Nursing, organized at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan on Feb, 26, 2020.
Inauguration of SPN India’s official website
A dedicated dynamic official website of SPN, India (https://spn.org.in/) was officially inaugurated on 26 Feb. 2020, during opening ceremony of International Conference of Perioperative Nursing, at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
COVID-19, March, 2020
India witnessed surge COVID-19 cases in March, 2020; thus lockdown was announced by Government of India and country remained under complete lockdown from March, 22 to May, 30. It has seriously affected the elective as well as emergency surgical milieu and practices in the country; there had been evidence-based changes in precautions and care for prevention of infection transmission risk and occupational safety of nurses and other healthcare professionals. SPN India is committed to educate the perioperative nursing manpower of country for their safety and safety of their clients during this deadly pandemic and society had significantly contributed towards this cause.
Routine activities of society
Executive committee of the society is committed for the continuous growth and development of SPN, India and gradually increasing its membership base and representation from all the 28 states and 9 union territories of the country. However, unprecedented novel norovirus pandemic has significantly affected the membership derives and other educational activities of this new national society. Nevertheless, members of executive committee of the society namely secretary Dr Rakesh Sharma, join secretary Dr Ashok Kumar, treasurer Dr Vasantha Kalyani and other executive members- Maneesh Sharma, Abhilasha, Shiv K Mudgal, and Gyanendri Tomar are committed to expand the membership of the society and plan for organizing series of educational activities for its members through Webinars on key issues of present relevance such as orientations of expected changes in OR environment and safety measures, safe surgeries during COVID-19 pandemic, anaesthesia nurses, safe and flexible perioperative work environment, efficient use of perioperative manpower during COVID-19 pandemic etc. Society is also planning to finalize dates and venue for the next national conference of the society in near future, which may be through virtual mode.
We wish all our international colleagues a healthier and less challenging 2021.
Suresh K Sharma, PhD, RN
President, SPN, India
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