RN PhD FAAN FHKAN (Education & Research)
My warmest greetings to all Fellows, nurses and friends of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (HKAN). I assumed the presidency of HKAN on 18 June 2016, hoping with the aim of building on the good work of our outgoing president, Dr Susie Lum. The HKAN has started some important work in preparation for the mission of achieving statutory status for advanced practicing nurses working in different specialties in Hong Kong. To name but a few, we have established an accreditation system for Academy Colleges and an assessment mechanism to ensure that they have a system in place to certify nurse specialists with competence on a par with international standards. The HKAN is a certified CNE provider, recognized by the Council of Nursing, Hong Kong. To date, there are 2829 Fellows on the active membership list. We have engaged in continuous dialogue with the Food & Health Bureau, the Hospital Authority, other healthcare agencies including the private hospitals, the Hong Kong Nursing Council, universities, nursing associations and many other key stakeholders on the achievements and development of the HKAN. Our ultimate goal is to gain legal protection for the title of nurse specialist in Hong Kong, so that world class standards of nursing practice can be ensured and the public is protected by safe professional practice.
This is the 5th year of the HKAN, but our journey toward this meaningful goal actually started in 2003. We hope that the conception stage of the HKAN will finish soon, resulting in the birth of an entity that is legitimate in its own right. During my presidency, I propose to focus on 3 Vs. The first V is visibility. We need to let the voice of nursing be heard so that the specialty practice of nurses can be better valued and the capacity of nursing optimized to benefit the people we serve. The second and third Vs are VV = We. Together, we can make a difference. We hope all advanced practicing nurses will adopt the mission of the HKAN, embrace its values and, in unity, strive for excellence!
I wish you all the best of health and happiness!