MBKS mayor: Nurses must be empathetic, practise self-care to contribute to healthcare

Wee hits the gong to officiate the 2nd International Nursing Students' Conference held while others look on at Detar Putra, Unimas on May 3, 2024.

By Shikin Louis

KOTA SAMARAHAN, May 3: Empathy and self-care are two essential principles that nursing students must have in order to contribute to the healthcare system, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.

He explained that empathy entails the nurses genuinely listening to patients, comprehending their concerns and aspirations, and treating them as individuals rather than merely cases.


Meanwhile, self-care is where the nurses must remember to take care of their health by taking breaks, seeking support, and prioritising his or her wellbeing.

“Communication and teamwork are also paramount. Please be clear and compassionate in your interactions, and always remember that healthcare is a collaborative effort.

“Lastly, remain resilient and celebrate the victories, no matter how small. Your dedication makes a difference every day,” he said when representing Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian at the 2nd International Nursing Students’ Conference (INSC) at Detar Putra, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) today.

Also present were Unimas Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ahmad Hata Rasit; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Prof Dr Siti Noor Linda Taib; Dean of Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Prof Dr Asri Said; Head of Nursing Department in the Faculty of Medicine & Health, Dayang Zuraina Abang Kashim; Faculty chairperson for the event, Christina Busak Henry Sum Agung; and chairperson for the event Rebekah Angun Leo Mishael Leo.

The 2nd INSC is organised by the final year nursing students in collaboration with the Nursing Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Unimas, from today (May 3) until tomorrow.

Themed ‘Transcultural Nursing: Embracing Diversity in Healthcare’, the event aimed to provide attendees with insights into the importance of cultural competence in nursing practice by focusing on effective communication, encouraging knowledge exchange between the students and professionals from various institutions, and serving as a platform for participants to present their research, promoting evidence-based practice and innovative approaches to culturally sensitive care.

The participants consist of nursing students and professionals from both local and international institutions.

This event was sponsored by Business Events Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board, National University Hospital, IHH Healthcare, KL Wellness City, Tribe Legacy Sarawak Campaign, Tabung Baitulmal Majlis Islam Sarawak, Mahkota Medical Centre, Oxley Management Consultants Pte Ltd, ReGen Rehab Hospital and Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara. — DayakDaily