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NCS Currents June 2016

Nurses Unite to Take Neurocritical Care Globally Through NCS and the World Federation of Critical Care By Susan Yeager ACNP, FNCS, Ged Williams RN, MHA, and Mary Kay Bader MSN, FNCS The NCS vision to provide and advocate for the highest quality of care for patients with critical neurological illness throughout the world has been an integral focal point for engaging neurocritical care practitioners internationally. While global connectivity among our critical care physician colleagues has been in existence through the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) since 1977, international critical care nursing alliances are relatively new. Despite the fact that NCS has always been international in its membership, recent strategic goals of the organization have focused to expand our education, resources, and support to strengthen our global presence. To that end, the NCS Nursing Committee prioritized its exploration of how to best support international nursing involvement. One avenue was to explore the World Federation of Critical Care Nursing (WFCCN) organization to determine if there was an opportunity to align global missions to strengthen neurologic messaging to the worldwide critical care nursing community. The WFCCN evolved following a national survey of all known critical care nursing organizations as well as discussions with physician colleagues from the WFSICCM. A forum of critical care nursing organizational leaders then gathered to discuss the possibility of the creation of an independent world nursing society. At the inaugural meeting in October 2001 in Sydney, Australia, the WFCCN was founded. Ged Williams, the founder and first President of the WFCCN, worked with a small core of critical care nursing organizations (primarily from North America, Europe, and Asia) to establish the ongoing mission and purpose of the federation. The WFCCN’s mission is to link critical care associations and nurses throughout the world to strengthen the contributions of critical care nurses to healthcare globally. Since 2001, the WFCCN has grown to include national critical care nursing organizations from over 45 countries. After the NCS Nursing Committee’s evaluation of the WFCCN membership, mission, and purpose, it was clear that collaboration between WFCCN and NCS was a natural fit. To become a member, NCS had to demonstrate a distinct, active nursing presence within the organization as well as submit documents to describe our mission, vision, and work to date. In 2014, the NCS application was reviewed by the current WFCCN council and membership was granted. Since that time, the NCS has had a voting presence at the annual council meetings to emphasize neurocritical care issues and to promote the mission of the WFCCN. This forum has also provided opportunities to highlight NCS resources that can be utilized to enhance neurocritical care knowledge for nurses around the world. Since becoming a member, meeting participation has NEUROCRITICAL CARE NURSING Ged Williams RN, MHA Susan Yeager ACNP, FNCS Mary Kay Bader MSN, FNCS 22


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