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EBMT 2021 Annual Meeting - Nurses Group Opening Session


NG01 Nurses Group Opening Session

Monday, March 15, 09:15 - 10:30, Auditorium 3

This year’s Nurses’ Group Opening Session will be opened by the Group President John Murray (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK). This is John’s last meeting as President as he formally hands over to Michelle Kenyon this year.

John explains: “The nurses group has several sessions that we run each year, such as ‘How do I understand blood counts’ and ‘GvHD’. The GvHD session this year looks at less common but devastating effects of GvHD, pulmonary and musculoskeletal disease. We have talks on CAR-T, supportive and palliative care and infections.”

He adds: “Our research and paediatric committees both have specific sessions. The research committee this year will look at how to take an idea and turn it into a publication as well as showing how an abstract is scored and selected to be a part of the annual meeting.”

The program also includes a look at relapse management - the ethical and psychological aspects and how the multi-disciplinary team address this - as well as treatment options available to patients who relapse post allograft for lymphoma.

John says: “In this opening session with myself, Jose Luis Cobos Serrano will discuss extensive role of nurses followed by how artificial intelligence is about to become more common in health care, presented by Shahrukh Hashmi.”

He concludes: “We will close the meeting with the best of the best awards and a look ahead to Prague 2022 where we all hope to be able to meet again in person.”

In his talk, Dr Cobos Serano, General Vice-Secretary of the Consejo General de Enfermería, Madrid, Spain, will discuss how society has changed in recent years, and will continue to do so in the near future: increased life expectancy, multiple pathologies, polypharmacy and increased pharmaceutical expenditure, among other issues.

He says: “It is obvious that health systems as currently designed are unsustainable. Throughout their history, new advances have been incorporated, but investment has focused mainly on healing pathologies, investments in large hospitals and technology. But perhaps the first levels of care - the levels that focus above all on prevention - have been neglected, and little attention has been paid to foreseeing which patients will require extensive care, rehabilitation, or long-term hospitalisation.”

Dr Cobos Serano will propose that the time has come to change the paradigm, to move from healing to caring.  He says: “Nurses play a crucial role in this new paradigm, and that is why their professional skills should be increased and the range of their roles should be extended. Nurses are the experts in care, and should play a leading role through the acquisition of new competences (knowledge, skills, and attitudes), the incorporation of nursing specialities, and advanced nursing practice. To summarise: let nurses be the leaders in care.”

The session concludes with Dr Shahrukh Hashmi (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA) discussing the future of artificial intelligence in healthcare.