J&J to roll out nurse train­ing ini­tia­tive

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By CAI XIAO and ZHENG YIRAN

Global health­care giant John­son & John­son will team with the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses and the Chi­nese Nurs­ing As­so­ci­a­tion to in­tro­duce a train­ing pro­gram in China. The aim is to de­velop ex­cel­lent nurs­ing lead­er­ship and pro­mote a health­ier cit­i­zenry through­out the coun­try.

China re­leased the Healthy China 2030 Plan in 2016. One goal is that there should be 4.7 nurses per thousand per­ma­nent res­i­dents by 2030. There­fore, stronger train­ing for nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als has been listed as one of the plan’s im­por­tant tasks.

By the end of 2016, China’s reg­is­tered nurses to­taled 3.5 mil­lion, the equiv­a­lent of 2.54 nurses per thousand peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

The Lead­er­ship for Change pol­icy be­ing in­tro­duced by J&J is a copy­righted pro­gram of ac­tive learn­ing and lead­er­ship train­ing, launched by the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses. The pro­gram has been im­ple­mented in more than 60 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries since 1996.

Dur­ing the five-day train­ing, in­ter­na­tional health­care ex­perts will give cour­ses on lead­er­ship, man­age­ment, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, project man­age­ment, and qual­ity i mprove­ment for stu­dents from 12 prov­inces in China.

“The level of nurs­ing qual­ity di­rectly af­fects and re­flects the coun­try’s level of med­i­cal ser­vice,” said Ed­ward Zhou, gen­eral man­ager of Ethicon, part of John­son & John­son Med­i­cal (China) Ltd.

“The sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the health­care in­dus­try is a nec­es­sary driv­ing force for the con­struc­tion of a healthy China, and more high­qual­ity nurses will be needed in the fu­ture to meet in­creas­ing health­care needs,” Zhou said.

Li Xi­uhua, pres­i­dent of the Chi­nese Nurs­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said the work is an im­por­tant part of the holis­tic health­care in­dus­try.

“We hope to ef­fec­tively en­hance the qual­ity and abil­ity of Chi­nese nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als in or­der to jointly pro­mote the con­struc­tion of healthy China, through in­ter­na­tional ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween peo­ple from all walks of life,” she said.

An­drea Higham, se­nior di­rec­tor of eq­uity pro­grams at John­son & John­son, said in 2016, J&J “in­tro­duced the ‘Healthy So­ci­ety’ ini­tia­tive to China to help build a healthy China. Sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of pub­lic health and med­i­cal per­son­nel is the essen­tial prac­tice of the ini­tia­tive, whose pur­pose is closely aligned with the pro­gram.

“Healthy So­ci­ety” is a John­son & John­son global pub­lic ini­tia­tive. With its global vi­sion, depth and scale, the com­pany ac­tively re­sponds to global health needs.

“The rapid de­vel­op­ment of China’s econ­omy has put for­ward higher de­mands on the abil­ity of the nurses. We ex­pect this project to im­prove their pro­fes­sional stan­dards and man­age­ment skills,” said An­nette Kennedy, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Nurses.

Con­tact the writ­ers at caix­iao@chi­nadaily.com.cn and zhengyi­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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