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NEUROCRITICAL CARE NURSING occurred in Antalya, Turkey in collaboration with the Turkish Society of Critical Care Nurses; in Seoul, Korea as a combined WFSICCM and WFCCN conference in partnership with Korean Association of Critical Care Nurses and Korean Society of Critical Care Medicines; and most recently in Brisbane, Australia in collaboration with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses organization. During these visits, NCS nursing representative Susan Yeager has provided international presence through the delivery of a plenary session on TBI and multiple concurrent sessions on neurologic emergencies and neurocritical care nurse practitioners. In addition, Susan has moderated several sessions and served as a professor for poster rounds. At the 2016 meeting in Brisbane, Mary Kay Bader presented an oral poster presentation on TBI and platelet dysfunction, winning second place for her work amongst 150 submissions from 22 representative countries. In addition to this work, the societal collaboration of WFCCN with WFSICCM has provided multidisciplinary opportunities for influence. In 2014, the WFSICCM created taskforces to address worldwide documents outlining best practice to address end of life care and triage issues in critical care. The NCS was represented on these committees by the NCS/WFCCN nursing representative, Susan Yeager. As the only nurse on the triage document, and one of two nurses on the end of life care taskforce, the NCS was able to provide a nursing voice with the neurologic perspective. Moving forward, the NCS plans to continue its international presence with ongoing collaborative efforts with WFCCN as well as its 45 member organizations. Active involvement will be continued by the incoming NCS/WFCCN nursing representative Sarah Livesay and will encompass a broad range of activities. Examples include involvement in international research projects and surveys, ongoing annual attendance and presentations at the international congress, and advice on diverse matters such as workforce and educational standards, sepsis, neurologic care, and advanced practice. Through this involvement, the NCS has the opportunity to network with a broader group of critical care nursing experts from around the world and will be positioned to stay abreast of cutting edge initiatives and trends in critical care nursing practice. The WFCCN international meetings have provided wonderful opportunities to network with nurses from across the globe. The presentations, posters, and taskforce involvement have resulted in the sharing of knowledge and best practice while creating a forum for discussions on issues facing nurses in critical care environments around the world. This new partnership with WFCCN provides the NCS opportunities to create an international healthcare community that recognizes the unique value of neurocritical care as a specialty while working to standardize nursing education worldwide for the acute management of severe neurological diseases. To this end, the NCS is supporting optimal care for neurocritical care patients and families around the world. For more information, please visit www.wfccn.org. Mary Kay Bader winning the runner-up prize for Best International Oral Presentation Ged Williams, founder and past-president of the WFCCN, with Susan Yeager, NCS nursing representative, at the 2016 Brisbane meeting 2016 plenary session on TBI by Susan Yeager 23


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