Nurses from non-governmental organizations, the Royal Australian Navy, and the New Zealand Army introduce themselves to nurses participating in a nursing education engagement during Pacific Partnership 2013. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Samantha J. Webb/)

TARAWA, Republic of Kiribati - Pacific Partnership 2013 nurses are providing education and refresher training for nurses in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16, the first day of a five-day series of workshops.

The Pacific Partnership nurses giving the lectures and trainings are representing the Australian navy, the New Zealand army and nongovernmental organizations.

Local nurses worked together with Pacific Partnership nurses to develop a list of topics that would be most beneficial to those attending the workshops with the goal of the workshops being sustainability, said Royal Australian Navy Lt. Tara Muscat.

"We're trying to empower their nurses to be able to care for their own people," said Muscat.

The first day of the workshop focused on patients with injuries or symptoms dealing with the head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth or throat.

Other topics to be covered during the week include cardiac assessment, trauma, and CPR training.

Baunana Tekiree, a nurse from Tungaru Hospital who attended the workshop, said she was very happy to gain more knowledge and work together with the nurses from Pacific Partnership.

Tekiree said she was most interested in attending the workshop covering cardiac assessments.

"I'm really impressed by the professionalism of the nurses and their knowledge level," said Muscat. "I'll be learning just as much of them and about how they do things as I think they will learn from me."

Pacific Partnership is a collaborative effort of military members and civilians from ten partner nations including Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States that improves maritime security through disaster preparedness.