On November 17, 2023, the CACA Integrated Nursing Summit, hosted by the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association and organized by Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital, Tianjin Anti-Cancer Association, and China Institute for Integrated Medicine Development Strategy, was held in Tianjin, China. The theme of this conference was "Innovation Leadership, Integration for Mutual Benefit".
In 2012, Academician Fan Daiming, the Chairman of the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association, first proposed the concept of integrated medicine, marking the beginning of the era of integrated medicine in cancer prevention and treatment. In 2023, the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association established the Integrated Nursing Professional Committee. Academician Fan Daiming, the Chairman of the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association, was appointed as the Chair of the Integrated Nursing Committee, and Director Qiang Wanmin from the Nursing Department of Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital was appointed as the Executive Chair. During this nursing summit, Professor Qiang Wanmin, guided by the concept of integrated medicine, innovatively proposed the concept and connotation of integrated nursing. Director Qiang pointed out that integrated nursing is supported by precision nursing and evidence-based nursing as scientific and technological foundations. It is an extension and expansion of holistic nursing. "Integration" is not simply about stacking resources together, but about appropriately matching them. It requires both a holistic perspective and artistic skill. By leveraging digital and intelligent technologies, integrating multidisciplinary knowledge, techniques, and resources, it aims to provide optimized and personalized integrated care for cancer patients, achieve maximum benefits for patients, and attain the best rehabilitation outcomes.
Professor Patsy, past president of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and executive dean of Queensland University of Technology Centre for Healthcare Transformation, shared a special report on "Advances in Symptom Management". She emphasized that the core strategies of symptom management lie in integrating patient-reported outcomes, applying genomics to cancer symptom management, designing personalized symptom management plans, and implementing chronic disease management service models.
Professor Winnie K.W. So, a professor at the Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and currently the President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC), delivered a keynote presentation titled "Call to action: build and strengthen global oncology nursing leadership". The presentation emphasized the need for effective leadership in oncology nursing to address the current global burden of cancer, shortage of nursing personnel, and challenges posed by the digital health era. Professor Winnie launched ten initiatives for oncology nursing leadership, aiming to collaborate and achieve mutual success in the future.