Nursing Partnerships Conference Addresses International Nursing Shortage
ATLANTA---International nursing experts and healthcare
planners from around the globe will meet at The Carter Center in Atlanta
Oct. 15-19 to tackle the global nursing workforce crisis. The international
nursing conference, "Global Nursing Partnerships: Strategies for a Sustainable
Nursing Workforce," is the first ever global invitational forum involving
representatives from both governments and nursing associations, including
government chief nursing officers, national and international nursing
association leaders, and human resource directors/health planners.
Secretariat for the international conference is the Lillian Carter
Center for International Nursing of Emory University's Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing. Representatives from more than 50 countries
are expected to attend. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop
Desmond Tutu will take part in the official dedication of the Lillian
Carter Center for International Nursing, named in honor of President
Carter's late mother, a nurse and a Peace Corps volunteer.
Key planning partners for the international conference include the
World Health Organization; the International Council of Nurses; the
Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing; the Commonwealth Health
Ministers Steering Committee for Nursing & Midwifery; the Chief Nurse
of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland; the Chief Nurse of the Government of Canada; and the Director
of the Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions and Health
Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and
"This is the first global opportunity of this magnitude for leaders
in national nursing associations, governments, and human resource organizations
to join together to address human resource issues," said Emory Nursing
Dean Marla Salmon, who directs the Lillian Carter Center. "This conference
will help establish crucial partnerships and provide new opportunities
for development and networking with peers." Dean Salmon is a former
director of the U.S. Government Division of Nursing and immediate past
chair of WHO's Global Advisory Group of Nursing and Midwifery.
Conference participants will address networking issues, form strategic
alliances and build skills in policy, advocacy and problem solving.
The first three days of the conference will consist of working meetings
including network forums for government chief nursing officers and national
nursing association and development of strategic partnerships. The last
two days of the meeting will take place at The Carter Center, where
national human resource directors and health planners will join the
chief nurses and nursing leaders to address key nursing workforce issues
confronting countries around the world.
"The global nursing shortage, acute in many regions, can only be solved
through serious and strategic partnerships between national nursing
associations, government representatives and human resource planners,"
explained Judith Oulton, chief executive officer of the International
Council of Nurses.
Although chief nursing officers and national nursing associations have
met regionally over the past several years, the Global Nursing Partnerships
Meeting will be the largest international gathering of nursing leaders
and the first to focus on building partnerships.
"This conference will provide a forum for stakeholders to strengthen
their capacity to respond to critical issues impacting health, such
as the global shortage of nurses and midwives. It will help to build
a common strategy to improve health that underscores the importance
of outreach and alliance building at all levels-local, national and
international," said Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer, senior scientist for nursing
and midwifery, World Health Organization.
"Given the present nursing workforce crisis globally, this conference
will address issues vital to the health of all people," Dean Salmon
Major funding for the conference was provided by Emory University;
the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development
Agency; the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland; Agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Agency
for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration-Division
of Nursing); International Council of Nurses; World Health Organization;
Cerner Corporation; and Sigma Theta Tau International.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media are invited to cover the conference on Oct. 18
and 19 at The Carter Center. A live web cast of the main conference
sessions will be available at www.nursing.emory.edu
beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT, Oct. 18. The web cast also will be archived
at the web site. To register for the conference and to request program
materials, please contact Holly Korschun, Health Sciences Communications
Office, Emory University, 1440 Clifton Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322, 404-727-3990,
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