E 14 Responding to Vulnerable Populations: Asia Region's Responses to the Presidential Call to Action

Monday, 18 November 2013: 1:45 PM-3:00 PM
Description/Overview: This symposium presents three different projects organized by nurse leaders from two different chapters Pi Iota (Hong Kong) and Tau Nu (Japan). The following vulnerable populations have been targeted: 1) cancer survivors and their families in Hong Kong, 2) orphaned children in Mongolia, and 3) nurses in Japan. Each project is a demonstration of how nurse leaders have responded to the Presidential Call to Action in their own way. The program for cancer survivors and their families is a specially developed program delivered by nurse experts in cancer care. The aim of this project is to help 50 patients and family caregivers to cope with compassion fatigue and uncertainties in life. The second project involves raising the funds to purchase an apartment so that orphans who reach the age of 18 and leave the orphanage to go to college in Ulaanbaatar (capital city of Mongolia) have a place to stay. Third, the Tau Nu nurse leaders adopt strategies to reach out to their members and helped them to become better linked with international nurse leaders. In realizing the mission of STTI, not only do the nurse leaders themselves need to be committed to their goals, but they also need to (i) engage other members in the project to create a larger pool of resources; (ii) collaborate with different parties to drive the project forward; (iii) persevere in order to sustain progress; (iv) be sensitive to the needs of the target populations; and (v) take empowerment of the target populations as one of the key outcomes in their projects. This symposium will share the merits and associated problems of these projects.
Learner Objective #1: identify at least 3 common themes in projects developed by chapters in the Asia Region in their actions to help vulnerable populations
Learner Objective #2: discuss at least 2 actions that they can adopt to initiate similar projects in own chapter
Moderators:  Carole D Liske, PhDc, MSN, RN
Symposium Organizers:  Claudia K. Y. Lai, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China and Alice Yuen Loke, PhD, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Walk Hand-in-Hand: cancer survivors and family members

Kar Yan Alice Wong, RN, PhD
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Alice Yuen Loke, PhD
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yee-Hing Wong, PhD
School of Nursing,, The Hogn Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Cynthia Huie, RN
Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sammei Tam, RN
North District Hospital, New Terrorites, Hong Kong



Going to college by orphan kids in Mongolia: The challenge of finding needed shelter

Claudia K. Y. Lai, RN, PhD
School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China



How to involve non-English nurses into global community: First Japanese Chapter case

Misae Ito, RN, RMW, MSN, PhD
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Haelth and Welfale, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Kurashiki, Japan
Kyoko Murakami, RN, NMW
Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan