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New panel seeks to give nursing 'global voice and vision'

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A new panel of international nurse leaders has been set up to establish a “global voice and vision” for the future of nursing that will advance world health.

The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON) has been put together by the global nursing research organisation Sigma Theta Tau International, which said the move represented a “major advance in establishing strategic directions for improving global health”.

The panel is chaired by US nurse academic Dr Martha Hill, dean emeritus of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins University

Martha Hill

The group currently has 18 members, the majority of which are from the US (see list below). The UK has two representatives on the panel – Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, from King’s College London, and Professor Roger Watson, from Hull University.

Other members include Hester Klopper, president of Sigma Theta Tau International, and Judith Shamian, president of the International Council of Nurses.

Dr Hill said: “I am excited and honoured to chair this initiative and look forward to working with nurses, other health professionals, and key stakeholders who are committed to improving global health domestically and internationally.”

“The advisory panel provide an unprecedented opportunity to make major strides in contributing to advances in global health”

John Daly

Panel member Dr John Daly, dean of the faculty of health at the University of Technology Sydney, added: “The advisory panel and its agenda provide an unprecedented opportunity for global nursing leadership to make major strides in contributing to advances in global health.”

The group’s inaugural three-day meeting took place in Basel, Switzerland, from 27-29 March.

Discussion is understood to have focused on identifying strategies to positively influence global health, including innovations in leadership, practice, education and work environments.

The group will now hold a series of regional meetings of leaders from key stakeholder groups. Data from these meetings will provide the basis for an action plan including policy implications.

Anne Marie Rafferty

By hosting the inaugural meeting and future regional meetings, Sigma Theta Tau International said it was laying the foundation for GAPFON to continue in the future as a “sustainable advisory entity”.

Founded in 1922, Sigma Theta Tau International is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to support the learning and professional development of nurses to make a difference to world health.

It has more than 135,000 members in more than 85 countries – making it the second largest nursing organisation in the world.


The Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON):

Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita and Professor, Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA   

Rowaida Al-Ma’Aitah, PhD
Senator, Jordan Nursing Council and the Upper Parliament of Jordan
Amman, Jordan          

Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN
President-Elect, Sigma Theta Tau International
Associate Professor, Rush University College of Nursing
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Eric Lu Shek Chan, DMgt, RN, FACN
Principal Nursing Officer
Hospital Authority
Kowloon, Hong Kong

John Daly, PhD, RN, FACN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health
University of Technology Sydney
Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia          

Hester Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA
President, Sigma Theta Tau International
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Forum of University Nursing Deans of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Isabel Mendes, PhD, RN
Full Professor
University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto College of Nursing
Ribeirao Preto, Brazil

Mary E. Norton, EdD, APN-C
Associate Dean and Professor, Global Academic Initiatives
Felician College, The Franciscan College of New Jersey
Lodi, New Jersey, USA

Anne Marie Rafferty, CBE, FRCN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing Policy
King’s College
London, United Kingdom      

Judith Shamian, PhD, RN, LLD, DSc (Hon), LLD (Hon)
International Council of Nurses
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Wichit Srisuphan, DrPH, RN
Emerita Professor
Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council

Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Hull
Hull, United Kingdom    

Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean and Professor, International Affairs
Deputy Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on International Nursing
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing
Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Patricia E. Thompson, EdD, RN, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Director, Education and Leadership
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

K. Joanne McGlown, PhD, RN, MHHA, FACHE
Director, Global Business Development
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Stephanie L. Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Facilitator
International Health Care Consultant
Amherst, Virginia, USA


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