A 2-day Workshop on ‘Standardizing Nursing Practice’ was organized by the Sri Lanka nurses Association (SLNA) in collaboration with International Council of Nurses (ICN) on 14th to 15th September 2012 at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Colombo. This was exclusively for the senior nursing officers in all sectors to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of developing standards for the practice of nursing. The Workshop was inaugurated by the President, Sri Lanka Nurses Association Ms. Swarna Amarasinghe on 14th September 2013 at 9.00 a.m. In her inaugural address she focused on the necessity of developing standards for nursing practice in Sri Lanka and thanked the International Council of Nurses for extending their cooperation in organizing the workshop.
The resource person of this workshop was Ms. Jean Barry, Consultant in Nursing and Health Policy from International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland. On her address she emphasized that both the nurses as and the clients will be protected through standardizing the nursing practice. The presentations, interactive discussions and mind-on activities were so engaging and interesting that the sessions had to extend beyond the stipulated time. The group work done on Day 1 and Day 2 enabled the participants to put all the invaluable information into plenary at the end of the day. The participants gave highly encouraging feedback and desired to have further such workshops for additional learning and motivation.
At the closing session on 15th September 2013 , Mr. W. Keerthiratna,Secretary of SLNA, in his wrap-up speech thanked the resource person Ms. Jean Barry for her presence in Sri Lanka as the chief resource person for the workshop and hoped to tighten the collaboration with International Council of Nurses. Finally Mr. Keerthiratna thanked the 3 M company and Astrone for sponsoring the workshop