Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 19th World Congress on Clinical Nursing and Practice Paris, France.

Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Thilagavathy Ganapathy

King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, KSA

Keynote: Excessive gestational weight retention and weight gain in postpartum- perception of women

Time : 10:10-10:50

OMICS International Euro Clinical Nursing 2019 International Conference Keynote Speaker Thilagavathy Ganapathy  photo

Ganapathy Thilagavathy is a Nursing Professor; she has more than 28 years of Teaching, Research experience at Nursing University, Supervision and Administrative experience in the Field of Nursing Education. She is working in King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAUHS), King Abdul-Aziz Hospital, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, KSA. She has so many publications in Nursing fi eld like, Maternal Birthing Experiences in Upright versus Horizontal Birthing Position; A Plea for Humanized Childbirth Nightingale Nursing Times; Asymmetry in Right vs Left Arm BP measurements among Normotensive Primigravidae. She does research in Educational Management, Clinical Practice, Women and Men Health.


Context: Childbearing women are the second victims for a signifi cant gestational weight retention and weight gain. Th e gestational weigh retention and weight gain in the postpartal period may primarily contribute to the development of overweight and obesity in midlife and postmenopausal period. Being overweight and obese prior to conception has important implications for long-term persistent weight changes. Although the scientifi c literature about this subject is growing, what women perceive as reasons for their gestational weight retention, excessive weight gain and their inability to lose weight postpartum, is not yet explored in Indian population. Th ere may be unique reasons to weight management in this period. At a practical level, understanding the holistic perception of women would address the barriers to healthy weight management and move us forward in devising primary preventive strategies to optimize healthy weight management.
Aim: Th e main aim of this study is to explore what women perceive as reasons for their excessive gestational weight retention and weight gain in postpartum period.
Methods: Following the approval of this cross sectional study protocol by ethical committee, purposive sampling was used to select women from diversifi ed culture with diff erent needs and views to explore their perceptions on various reasons for postpartal gestational weight retention and gain. Low risk postpartal women during the fi rst year of postpartum, with BMI of >25 kg/m2 were included. Women with any associated medical, surgical, gynecological, psychological risk factors were excluded. For a signifi cance level of 5%, a statistical power of 80%, and a minimum eff ect size of 0.5, the minimum sample size calculated was 168 postpartum women. Taking into consideration of missing data and noncompliance by 20%, n=200 women were recruited. Statistical analyses were performed using IBM SPSS Statistics (Version 21.0. Armonk, NY: IBM Corp). 
Results: Th e results indicated that of the n=200 postnatal women who agreed to participate in the study, n=15 of them were excluded from the study as n=06 of them withdrew from the study due to time constraints, n=09 had missing values. Final analyses consisted of n=185 postpartal women in less than a year of postpartum with BMI >25 kg/m2. Th e participants were between 23 to 37 years old, with mean age of 25.2±5.13 years. Participants perceived that lowered physical activity sedentary life style behavior (98.92%), sleep deprivation and stress (97.84%), lack of knowledge (97.29%), misconceptions that breast feeding automatically leads to weight loss (96.76%), and high caloric intake (97.29% ) as reasons for gestational weight retention and gain in the postpartum period. Misconceptions that weight gain is predetermined by genetic factors (95.68%), lack of support (93.51%) and the use of eating for physical and psychological comfort (82%) were also claimed as reasons for weight gain in the postpartum period.
Conclusion: Obstetric health care personnel should identify women who are susceptible to substantial postpartum weight retention, to becoming obese, or to increased central adiposity aft er pregnancy. Intensive preventive measures should be devised to raise awareness on risks associated with unhealthy gestational weight retention and weight gain in the postpartal period. 

OMICS International Euro Clinical Nursing 2019 International Conference Keynote Speaker Heba Shafik Ibrahim Mohamed photo

Heba Shafik has completed her PhD from Alexandria University. She is the Director of Student Counselling Center in the Faculty of Nursing at Damanhour University. Now she is the Chairperson of Faculty Enhancement Unit of the Nursing Department of King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. She has published many papers and she is interested in Psychiatric and Gerontological Nursing fields.


Nursing education is acknowledged as one of the stressful and emotionally demanding profession. Stress among nursing students is an inevitable issue that might lead to poor psychological wellbeing. Having a good emotional competence helps university nursing students to decrease their stress and enhance their psychological well-being. Th is study was aimed to determine the relationship between the perceived stress, psychological wellbeing and emotional competence among baccalaureate nursing students. A descriptive correlational research design was used in this study. Baccalaureate nursing students who were enrolled at psychiatric nursing and mental health course and accept to participate in the study were the study subjects. Th eir number amounted 135 students, four tools were used namely; bio-socio demographic data structured interview schedule, Ryff ’s psychological wellbeing (RPWB) scale, the emotional skills/ competence questionnaire and perceived stress scale (PSS). Th e results of this study revealed that there is a positive signifi cant relation between the students’ psychological well-being and their emotional competence also, a negative signifi cant relation between them and students’ perceived stress. It can be concluded that more than half of the studied nursing students had very high level of perceived stress and demonstrated a moderate degree of emotional skills/competence In addition; the purpose in life, positive relations, and personal growth of psychological well-being obtained the highest mean score. Implementation of emotional hygiene program, to teach the nursing students to care for their own emotions and didn’t leave them injured or untreated is recommended.