Supporting Neurocritical Care Nurses
Across the Globe
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.