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Supporting Neurocritical Care Nurses Across the Globe

By Currents Editor posted 03-29-2018 23:00

By Sarah L. Livesay, DNP, RN

As the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) grows as an international organization, NCS members have worked hard over the past year to support neurocritical care nurses across the globe. To highlight a few key initiatives to offer support and education to nurses, NCS nursing members have participated in a number of international meetings and Emergency Neurologic Life Support (ENLS) courses, and represented NCS on several international nursing boards.

In late 2017, NCS became an official member of the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses. Several nurses attended and presented at the quadrennial meeting in Opatija, Croatia, in September 2017. WFNN hosted its first ENLS course in conjunction with the live meeting, training over 25 international nurses in emergency neurologic care. Treasurer Mary Kay Bader served as director of ENLS and was joined by NCS nurse members Cynthia Bautista, Sarah Livesay, Christi Delemos and Lori Madden.

Over the past year, NCS has continued as a member organization with the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN), with Susan Yeager being elected to the Board of Directors and Sarah Livesay serving as the NCS member liaison. Both attended the WFCCN meeting in Rio de Janerio Brazil, held in conjunction with the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) and met with nurse leaders from throughout South America. The founding president of WFFCCN, Ged Williams, attended and presented at the NCS Annual Meeting in Kona, Hawaii. Belle Rogado, immediate past secretary of the WFCCN and current president of the Critical Care Nurses Association of the Philippines (CCNAPI), also attended the NCS Annual Meeting in Hawaii.

As NCS regional meetings are offered internationally, they are planned with interdisciplinary sessions to support nurse attendees. Mary Kay Bader presented in Quito, Ecuador, at the First Regional NCS- South American joint meeting. Also, the 2018 joint DGNINCS meeting held in Wurzburg, Germany, in February contained numerous nursing presentations as well as an ENLS course. A nursing session is planned at the upcoming regional meeting in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in May 2018. These sessions are often planned with nurses in the region to offer an exchange of ideas and opportunity to learn from each other’s practice.

For more information on NCS international outreach, visit the global tab on the NCS website or the WFNN and WFCCN websites. #NCSRoundup #International #Nursing

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