Editor’s note Vol. 5, No. 1, 2004


Editor’s note

Respected colleagues and associates,

dear friends,

There is the thirteenth issue of the journal “Medical Word” in front of you, which for the fourth year has been continuously promoting the values that make education in the medical profession appreciated. This time, the journal presents a collection of expert announcements by accredited lecturers at the traditional National Association of the Health Workers in Serbia congress held in Vrnjačka Banja, which is special because it is accredited exclusively for nurses and healthcare technicians. This indicates the exceptional importance of the professional education of nurses who, as part of their humane vocation, must constantly improve their knowledge and skills, to give the best results in their work in coordination with doctors and other colleagues, through teamwork and mutual understanding.

During the five days of the congress, various topics will be covered, such as the work of nurses and technicians at the level of primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare, management and application of medical records, use of resources, and roles of the health system, and what is particularly impressive to the readers of this edition of the journal there is certainly a large number of papers by lecturers of different sections and societies that refer to the so-called “burn-out” syndrome of healthcare workers. Changes in working conditions due to the coronavirus epidemic, as well as additional stress at work, which, according to research, occurred in more than two-thirds of employees in healthcare institutions, had a significant impact on the mental health of healthcare employees in the last few years. That is why it is not surprising to look at this syndrome from different points of view, all with the aim of timely recognition of the problem, and determination of prevention programs and measures to empower health workers. Each paper individually provides an opportunity for discussion, reflection, and exchange of ideas and experiences.

We express our special thanks to the academician, professor emeritus Dr. Bela Balint, who, believing in our enthusiasm and motives, with enormous professional support and selfless help, participated in the creation and affirmation of the “Medical Word” and this time responded to the organizer’s invitation to participate in the congress as a plenary lecturer.

Prim. Ana Antić, MD, PhD,
Professor of vocational studies

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