R. N. has a new meaning… Rheumatology Nurse!

Well, that’s what we’re at least hoping our Filipino nurses would consider.

While there are ER nurses, ICU nurses, Diabetes Nurse Educators, Oncology nurses and Geriatrics nurse, I bet few have ever heard about Rheumatology nurses. A few articles from PubMed demonstrate the important role nurses play in the multidisciplinary care of patients with arthritis (Read them here, here and here). In fact, not a few organizations have released statements on the impact nurses have in improving care for patients with arthritis – like EULAR (read here) and Arthritis Australia (read here). The Philippine Rheumatology Association is one with them in calling for more rheumatology nurses involved in caring for patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

That’s why the PRA first had its Rheumatology Nurse Workshop in February 2018 during the pre-convention of the 24th PRA Annual Meeting. And we’re doing it again in 2020, when our annual meeting comes back to Manila, through the ASPIRE for Filipino Nurses workshop.

ASPIRE stands for the Asia Pacific Initiative for Rheumatology Nurse Educators – a project of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) to develop the foundations for rheumatology nursing in the region. The technical working group consisted of rheumatologists and rheumatology nurse specialists. And the initial focus of the modules is the care of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis.

The modules to be covered during the workshop on 20 February 2020 at the Boracay 1 & 2 Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel are:

  • Patient Assessments in RA
  • Treatment and Self Management in RA
  • Disease Monitoring and Follow up Care

Activities include lectures followed by knowledge assessment sessions. Participants will then be asked to accomplish a post workshop evaluation a few weeks after to assess the retention of concepts learned.

Participants will be limited to at least 50 nurses with priority being given to nurses who attended the PRA Nurses Workshop in 2018. Registration fees will be waived for the first fifty registrants. However, should nurses wish to attend the rest of the PRA Annual Meeting (from February 21-22, 2020), they would have to pay a P4,000 registration fee (P3,500 if they do so on or before January 31, 2020.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit units have been applied for with the PRC Board of Nursing.

We look forward to you joining us during the Big #REVEAL AT #PhilRheum2020.


Published by Rheuma Jr 🇵🇭

Rheumatology. Curator. Story teller. Educator. Filipino Physician. Bloggero-Wanabe. INTJ. #PhRheum #EBRheum

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