The University Holds a Forum on Integration of Industry and Education for Cultivation of Healthy China's Old-Aged Nursing Talents

     China has entered the rapid development stage of population aging, and there is a serious imbalance between the demand for old-aged nursing and the supply of old-aged nursing talents. How can we better cultivate old-aged nursing talents in line with social needs and the demands of the old-aged nursing market? On October 24, Guizhou Medical University and Peking University School of Nursing held an online forum on the integration of industry and education for the cultivation of healthy China's old-aged nursing talents. Nearly 400 nursing, old-aged nursing, health and tourism practitioners from all over the country attended the forum in person and through live stream. The forum was presided over by Yang Ying, secretary of the Party committee of Nursing School of Guizhou Medical University, Peng Qing, professor of Tourism School of Sun Yat-sen University, Jin Xiaoyan, associate professor of Peking University School of Nursing, and Wang Xiuhong, vice president of Nursing School of Guizhou Medical University.

     At the opening ceremony of the forum, vice president Luo Jun on behalf of the University extended warm congratulations to the opening of the forum and warm welcome and thanks to the experts who attended the forum, introduced the history and development of Guizhou Medical University, the spirit of the personnel from Guizhou Medical University to heal the wounded and rescue the dying in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic and their devotion to local medical and health talents cultivation, assistance in grass-roots health services and old-aged nursing services.

     In the theme speech session, a total of 8 experts made brilliant reporting on the cultivation of talents through industry and education integration.

     Professor Shang Shaomei, academician of American Academy of Nursing Sciences and dean of School of Nursing of Peking University, introduced the current situation of China's elderly population and old-aged nursing talents, analyzed the demand for old-aged nursing, put forward suggestions on accelerating the cultivation of smart old-aged nursing professionals, and shared the experience and practice of old-aged nursing discipline construction and talent cultivation, on the theme of "Cultivation of Smart old-aged nursing Professionals Under the Background of Healthy China" and in combination with China's policies related to old-aged nursing.

     Professor Tang Siyuan, a postdoctoral doctor in clinical medicine and dean of Xiangya Nursing School of Central South University, made an in-depth discussion on the general situation of China's aging overview, the current situation of China's old-aged nursing personnel and the cultivation of old-aged nursing talents, on the theme of "Thinking on the Cultivation of old-aged nursing Service Talents". He mentioned that the reasons hindering the development of the old-aged nursing industry include aging without preparation, weak attraction of the old-aged nursing industry and the poor remuneration of the old-aged nursing industry, and pointed out that we should adhere to the combination of long-term planning and short-term training, provide more opportunities for old-aged nursing personnel, carry out reforms in disciplines, courses, teaching materials, teachers and other aspects, and cultivate an old-aged nursing team with adequate members, reasonable structure, and good quality, so as to meet the development demands of China's old-aged nursing service industry.

     Professor Zheng Xiangmin, director of the National Tourism Experimental Center of Huaqiao University and director of the Tourism Safety Research Base of China Tourism Academy, combined old-aged nursing with the tourism industry to analyze the current situation of old-aged nursing in China and put forward a series of concepts related to tourism and old-aged nursing, and introduced in detail the curriculum setting and reform of the industry and education integration of health care tourism talents cultivation, providing an important reference for the cultivation of applied talents of old-aged nursing, on the theme of "Trend and Thinking of the Cultivation of Health Care Tourism Talents and the Integration of Industry and Education in the New Era".

     Professor Li Huiling, president assistant of the First Affiliated Hospital of Suzhou University and dean of School of Nursing, took "humanistic care for the elderly" as the topic, made a speech on specific practices around the physiological, psychological, social characteristics and humanistic care of the elderly and shared practical cases, on the theme of "Humanistic Care for the Elderly". She suggested that nursing personnel should learn to analyze the psychological status of the elderly from the perspective of family, understand the difficulties faced by the elderly, and shift the nursing thinking from clinical nursing to community and family nursing.


     Associate Professor Wang Xiuhong, vice president of Nursing School of the University, conducted exchange and sharing with the attendants on the theme of "Exploration and Experience on the Cultivation of Applied Nursing Talents through the Interconnection of Government, School, Enterprise and Publicity". She shared the experience and practice throughout the experimental project of poverty alleviation through tourism and health education set up by the Ministry of Education and completed by Guizhou Medical University, which represents the construction exploration of Guizhou Province for constructing a cultivation base of old-aged nursing talents. She stressed that the old-aged nursing service is related to everyone and every family. As the country with the largest elderly population, facing the growing demand for institutional old-aged nursing, it is necessary for all parties in China to form a joint effort to explore a road that is suitable for China's national conditions and can satisfy people's old-aged nursing demand as much as possible.

     Liu Baofeng, chairman of Beijing Yaoyang Pension Management Co., Ltd. and director of Guiyang Yaoyang Pension Service Center, put forward his opinions on the theme of "Thinking on the Contradiction Between Supply and Demand of Nursing Personnel for the Aged and its Solutions". He advocated improving the quality of old-aged nursing talents, and that old-aged nursing services should conform to the market rules, meet the needs of both supply and demand sides, and make sure the demands are served, so as to safeguard the mentality of practitioners and their rights and interests from the professional field, change the low-cost and low-consumption old-aged nursing mode from the economic perspective, and ensure the quality of old-aged nursing services.

     Wu Yonghang, deputy director of the Medical Security Bureau of Liping County, Qiandongnan Prefecture, Guizhou Province, shared the experience of poverty alleviation in the old-aged nursing industry. Through video, he vividly told the story of how Liping County combined the training of old-aged nursing staff with the key work of poverty alleviation, and used the high-quality university teachers and equipment resources from Guizhou Medical University to help the poverty-stricken ethnic minority people in Liping to get rid of poverty, learn some skills and change their employment ideas.

     Professor Liu Xin, director of the Medical Law and Ethics Research Center of China University of Political Science and Law, gave an in-depth and simple speech on the legal risks and problems of old-aged nursing, the legal risks of special issues in old-aged nursing, and how to avoid risks in old-aged nursing in combination with the Civil Code, on the theme of "Legal Risks and Avoidance in Old-Aged Nursing", which was a wonderful law popularization report for old-aged nursing practitioners.

     At the end, Wang Xiuhong made a summary of the forum. At this forum, experts discussed the opportunities and challenges faced by the cultivation of old-aged nursing talents from different perspectives such as college and university, enterprise and the government, and put forward thinkings and suggestions from a strategic perspective, which is of positive significance to promoting the cultivation of old-aged nursing talents in China, especially to the cultivation of applied nursing talents through the integration of industry and education. It is believed that with the joint efforts of all of us, the cultivation of old-aged nursing talents in China will be improved to a new stage, and the old-aged nursing service industry will receive better and better development.