Nurses at the forefront : dealing with the unexpected
The ICN 2007 International Conference (27 May - 1 June 2007, Yokohama - Japan) aims to highlight the realities of nursing practice and acknowledge nurses’ expertise in dealing with the unexpected. Nurses and nursing are constantly faced with the challenge of change and unpredictable events. Complex work situations, rapidly shifting health priorities and powerful external socio-economic factors require nurses to apply creative and effective problem-solving skills on a daily basis. Nurses’ proactive and reactive solutions are grounded by in-depth professional knowledge and ethical principles.
The conference will showcase prominent guest speakers in plenary sessions focusing on the most pressing and timely topics of interest for nursing and nurses dealing with the unexpected in health care. Concurrent sessions, symposia and posters will address the following cross cutting themes:
">Clinical Practice; Pandemics, Epidemics, Sudden Crisis, and Disasters; Nursing/Health Policy and Services Management; Nursing Education; Nursing/Health Research and Informatics; Ethics, Values and Wisdom; Labour and Workplace Issues; and Regulation. The Conference will also be the venue for ICN Network meetings, workshops and thought provoking main sessions – including a focus on disaster preparedness.
To share your ideas and expertise you are invited to submit an abstract for a concurrent session, a symposium or a poster. The submission guidelines and abstract form will be available on the Conference abstract website
The Council of National Representatives (CNR), ICN’s global governing body, will convene from 27 to 29 May. Conference participants who are also members of ICN member associations will be able to observe nursing leaders from all over the world identify the profession’s priorities and future directions.
Further information and regular updates on the Conference programme will be posted on the Conference website at www.icn.ch/conference2007.htm
The main objectives of the Conference are :
- To support informed and sustainable improvement in policy and nursing practice.
- To advance nursing’s contribution to health care and facilitate the dissemination of evidence highlighting
effective nursing interventions.
- To encourage problem-solving approaches to health priority needs.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
To share your ideas, research and expertise on how to provide quality nursing care, improve health care practice, policies and services or contribute to the discussion of nurses dealing with the unexpected, you are invited to submit an abstract. Abstracts must address one of the sub-themes listed below and demonstrate a direct link to the Conference theme :
1. Clinical Practice : On a daily basis, nurses are faced with the challenges of the unexpected: sudden changes in a patient’s condition, conflicting priorities, adverse events, emerging diseases. What are these challenges and how are they met?
2. Nursing/Health Policy and Services Management – Contingency plans, policies, protocols and future planning address the unexpected and uncertain future. What lessons can we learn from the past? How do we predict what lies ahead?
3. Nursing Education : New student pools, advanced theory, access to clinical placements, ageing faculty, the appearance or disappearance of subsidies, the need for life-long learning. How do the changing socio-economic and political realities shape nursing education? How do both practitioners and faculty keep current?
4. Nursing/Health Research and Informatics – How does nursing/health research prepare us for the unexpected? How does information technology help articulate nursing interventions - past, present and future?
5. Ethics, values and wisdom - How does the soul of nursing equip us to deal with the unexpected and reinforce our effectiveness? Should ethics evolve and develop as new technologies and possibilities enter the health care work place?
6. Labour and Workplace Issues – Pay equity, hazardous environments, staff-mix and levels, rising absenteeism, exploitation, violence and nurse mobility all contribute to the dynamics of the nurse workplace. Where are the success stories? Where are the on-going struggles?
7. Regulation - The social forces of an increasingly globalised world are influencing professional regulation. Will nurse mobility change the shape and content of domestic regulation? Are professional standards being challenged by national economic constraints? Will the campaign for ethical recruitment practices lead to the regulation of nurse recruiters?
8. Pandemics, Epidemics, Sudden crisis, and Disasters – The unexpected is a fundamental characteristic of these scenarios. How do we prepare? How do we deal? How do we repair?
- For more further information http://www.icn.ch/conference2007.htm