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Jim Richardson, Senior Lecturer, Nursing to present at prestigious Europaediatrics Congress 2015.

Jim Richardson

The 7th Europaediatrics Congress of the European Paediatric Association (EPA) and the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (UNEPSA), will be held in Florence, Italy from 11th to 16th May.

Jim has been invited to present a paper in the segment called ‘Doctors and nurses working together to foster child and family care’. The other presenter from the UK in this segment is the Chief Children’s Nurse at the Department of Health.

Jim elaborated on his paper saying, “The focus of my paper will be on cultural aspects of child health care and cultural sensitivity. I have a specific interest in culture as a crucial element in children’s nursing. The concept of cultural safety was derived in New Zealand and I have, over the years, worked with colleagues in New Zealand and have published on the topic. This topic is important for nursing students to take into account when delivering respectful and compassionate care to children and their family. It is sometimes felt by junior nurses to be complex and abstract and just ‘too difficult’. Learning about this subject involves investigating practical ways of applying ideas of cultural safety to everyday care.  I intend incorporating this topic in working with students at KU/SGUL and I have already presented a session at a joint study day on palliative care with Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice.”

Jayne Price, Associate Professor, School of Nursing said, “This is a very prestigious interdisciplinary event and Jim is clearly raising the profile of children’s nursing and child health in this international arena.”