Workshops and conferences were part of the three-day meeting programme, with proceedings centered at the Esperança Centro Hotel, where 250 participants discussed topics on nursing management sustainability, leadership, training and nursing employability.
In the official session of the meeting, held on the 20th, the councilor in charge of health of the City Council of Setubal, Pedro Peña, indicated the municipality’s closeness to the concerns of the association regarding the recognition of nurses and their importance in matters of relationships, professions, pay and working conditions.
In his intervention, the Mayor also highlighted the central importance that nurses play in the field of health services management, particularly in relation to the provision of care, disease prevention and health rehabilitation, as well as at the institutional and community level.
The Health Advisor also highlighted the negative impact on health resulting from the culture of dependency imposed on nurses, which was expressed in debates over the definition of the Medical Act and in resistance to the definition of the Family Nurse Act.
Pedro Peña also noted that the municipalities of Setubal, Palmilla and Sisimbra seek to raise awareness among the government regarding the deterioration of accessibility and the risks to the quality of care provided in the National Health Service and, to this end, have created an inter-municipal committee for the Health Forum that will be held today in the evening. A new meeting.
The meeting became clear that sustainability of management is essential to ensure that nursing can continue to respond to challenges and to ensure the quality of healthcare, resource efficiency and satisfaction of healthcare professionals.
Nurse recruitment was also a focus of the meeting. Although nursing is a growing profession, the shortage of these health professionals is increasing globally, which is why it is essential to create job opportunities and professional development for this sector.
The 13th APEGEL International Congress, which promoted a series of visits to cultural places and facilities in the city, was organized with the support of, among others, the City Council of Setubal.
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