Age indeed doesn’t matter. The 101-year old president of St. Luke’s International Hospital announced that he will hold series of lectures for nurses next month. Albeit being a medical doctor, Shigeaki Hinohara wanted to impart his knowledge to nurses. He believes nurses “could provide better medical services than doctors if they obtained diagnostic skills.”
The lecture is exclusive for those in the nursing field, either as registered nurses or students, will be all about “high-grade diagnostic skills.” Although each lecture is expected to last for 2 hours and thirty minutes, the doctor is determined to hold the presentations and vowed, “I’ll risk my life for this.” The centenarian doctor believes that nurses can be at par with doctors and might even be better when it comes to making a diagnosis. Nurses are always looking at a patient in a holistic manner, regardless of specialization, so this is not unlikely.
Dr. Hinohara shared that he learned a lot, like the tracheostomy operation, from experienced nurses while he was still a novice. The procedure is performed by making an opening in the trachea to facilitate breathing. A number of doctors, even specialists, confer with experienced nurses when it comes to some procedures, or even medicines. The doctor also encourages the review of law in Japan, which gives no permission to nurses to carry out diagnostic procedures. It is the same practice in other countries, so perhaps allowing nurses to specialize as nurse practitioners will be a good start. Although not common in Asia, the field is already practiced in the United States and Australia.
The first lecture of Dr. Hinohara will be on September 24 at the St. Luke’s College of Nursing in Chuo Ward, Tokyo. The rest of the lectures are scheduled on the succeeding Tuesday nights. The lectures are open for nurses with at least five years of clinical practice, and nursing students may also attend.