Advances in genomic and genetic technologies are shaping the nursing profession across the entire continuum of care, and impacting all nurses regardless of their academic preparation, roles and clinical specialties. Nurses, as the single largest group of health care providers, are expected to play a key role in bringing the benefits of genomics and genetics to everyday nursing practice.
This Asia-Pacific Genomic and Genetic Nursing Centre aims to promote nursing in genomic/genetic health care and accelerate the integration of genomics and genetics across everyday nursing practice in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region. By joining the international effort, the Centre is expected to take a leading role in transforming nursing policy, practice, education and research to be mindful of genomic and genetic technologies and their implications for individuals and societies in local, national and regional contexts.
The Croucher Laboratory for Human Genomics plays a key role in translating and advancing nursing knowledge using the leading molecular tools, and promoting the importance of basic science knowledge in nursing research. With the state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise, we are able to support, explore and integrate genetic factors, bio-behavioural markers and psychosocial factors to advance our research in different biomedical areas, such as cell culture, genotyping, biomarker analysis, microbiome analysis, immunoassay and different biochemical analyses (e.g. cortisol measurement), so as to strengthen basic science elements in our nursing research.
Cochrane is the world’s leading and most respectable network in producing high-quality systematic reviews and disseminating review evidence to support effective and efficient health decision-making. As an international not-for-profit organisation, Cochrane has over 11,000 members and 68,000 supporters from more than 130 countries around the world.
Cochrane Hong Kong is a Cochrane Affiliate supporting the mission of Cochrane and promoting Cochrane and its work in Hong Kong, mainland China and the Asian regions. Cochrane Hong Kong also supports members in their engagement with Cochrane and builds links with particular regional and national bodies in mainland China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan for more targeted dissemination of Cochrane Reviews.
The Nethersole Nursing Practice Research Unit established in 2006 is the first “model unit” in Hong Kong to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical protocols, clinical pathways, and clinical, technological and resource innovations in nursing with the purpose of promoting excellence in nursing practice. The Unit has successfully developed a number of evidence-based intervention protocols for older patients. It also provides professional training on evidence-based practice to nursing students and staff from time to time.
With the generous donation from the Y. K. Pao Foundation, our School established the Y. K. Pao Foundation Centre for Nursing Excellence in Chronic Illness Care in 2014 to address the rising burden of chronic illnesses and develop the next generation of nurses with the necessary knowledge and skills in chronic illness care (CIC). The Centre offers a scholarship scheme to recognize outstanding nursing students’ scholastic excellence and commitment in CIC; and a nursing student development scheme comprising a range of student-centred activities to strengthen our students’ capacity for CIC. These student-centred activities include a student exchange programme, a PhD fellowship programme, professional development workshops and seminars, etc.
With the generous donation from the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, our School established the S. H. Ho Nursing Teaching and Learning Centre in 2013. This Centre comprises a computer laboratory and a nursing skills laboratory. It aims to provide our students with state-of-the-art e-learning facilities and a highly realistic simulated clinical environment conducive to effective learning and development of patient-centred nursing care competencies.