Full-Day Programme

Here's the detailed conference agenda for the Nursing SPIRIT '23 scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm at The Aga Khan University Auditorium, Karachi. The conference will also be streamed live for participants who register for online streaming. Register Here >>​

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Activity​​​ & Speaker
​9:00 am 
​Registration & Networking​

10:00 am​​Welcome
​10:05 am
Tilawat & National Anthem​

​10:10 am
Opening Remarks
Dr Laila Ladak
​10:20 am
Remarks by President, AKU
Dr Sulaiman ​Shahabuddin
​10:25 am
Remarks by Dean, A​KU-SONAM
​Dr Tazeen Saeed Ali
​10:35 am
​Remarks by Vice Provost, Research, AKU​
Dr Salim Virani
​10:45 am
Remarks by Provost, Academic, AKU
​Dr Carl Amrhein
​10:50 am
Remarks by Vice Provost, Asia & UK, AKU
​Dr Anjum Halai
​10:55 am
Celebration: 20th Anniversary of AKU-SONAM's MScN programme​​​

​11:00 am
Address by Keynote Speaker
Dr Robyn Gallagher

THEME 1: Nursing Practice & Patient Care | 11:00 am to 12:30 pm 

​11:20 am 
​Plenary Speech​
Dr Rozmeen Shivji
11:35 am​
​Oral Presentation by Student
Ihsan Ullah (AKU-SONAM)
Experiences of indigenous childbearing-age mothers with maternal nutrition in the context of climate change (cold weather) in rural Bajaur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan: Implications for maternal-infant health.
​11:45 am
Oral Presentation by Student
Muhammad Hussain Shah (Ziauddin University​)
Family needs of patients admitted in Intensive Care Units, as perceived by family members and registered nurses in tertiary care hospitals of Karachi, Pakistan.
11:55 am
Oral Presentation by Student
​Naveen Nizar (AKU-SONAM)
Association of preoperative anxiety, its contributing factors and impact on immediate postoperative outcomes.
​12:05 pm
​Sana Sultan (AKU-SONAM)
Lived experiences of midwives providing care in harsh weather​.
​12:15 pm
Entertainment Segment​

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm | Lunch & Poster Exhibit

THEME 2: Mental Health & Wellbeing | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 

​1:30 pm 
​Plenary Speech
Dr Rozina Karmaliani
1:45 pm
​Oral Presentation by Student​​
Yaser Uddin (Royal College of Nursing, Swat)
Effects of the Holy Quran listening on reducing anxiety and physiological outcomes in COVID-19 patients​.
​1:55 pm
Oral Presentation by Student
Mehreen Aslam (AKU-SONAM)
Development and testing of psychosocial intervention to improve mental wellbeing of martyrs' families, Karachi, Pakistan​.
2:05 pm
Oral Presentation by Student
​Farya​l Ghaffor (AKU-SONAM)
Prevalence of depression in patients with cardiovascular diseases​.
​2:15 pm
Rabab Vadiwala (AKU-SONAM)
A research-centered community.
​2:20 pm
Entertainment Segment

THEME 3: Nursing Education | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm 

​2:30 pm 
​Plenary Speech​
Dr Saima Hirani
2:45 pm
Oral Presentation by Student
Mehtab Lalwani (AKU-SONAM)
Mothers’ perspectives on the use of social media for receiving professional support in enhancing their lactation self-efficacy​.
​2:55 pm
Oral Presentation by Student
​Alma Khursheed (AKU-SONAM)​
From likes to liberation: Social media addiction​.
3:05 pm
Oral Presentation by Student
Sofia Nazar (Shifa College of Nursing)
Factors affecting clinical learning of undergraduate nursing students in Azad Jammu and Kashmir​.
​3:15 pm
Anum Gujrati (AKU-SONAM)​
Students as Partner​.
​3:20 pm
Entertainment Segment

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm | Tea Break & Poster Exhibit

​4:00 pm 
​​Prize Distribution
(Oral & Poster Presentation Winners)
4:15 pm
Prize Distribution
(Jury, Speakers, Committee Members)
​4:35 pm
​Graduate Programme Thesis Award 
​4:55 pm
Vote of Thanks
Sehrish Sajjad, Senior Instructor, AKU-SONAM

End of programme