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Nursing, Health Science & Allied Health Council Report: Making Great Strides Forward

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Samantha J. Anthony, PhD, MSW
Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

"Happiness is not the belief that we don't need to change;
it is the realization that we can."

- Shawn Achor

The 34th Annual Meeting of the ISHLT was a memorable event for the Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council; it was filled with high-quality scientific content, networking opportunities, and thought-provoking discussions. Its success was highlighted by the increased representation of Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health members across multiple events, and by acting host to the inaugural ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health. The Academy represented the first session of a learning-based format to encourage knowledge transfer in key clinical areas relevant to Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health professionals. The topics at the Academy addressed the selection, pre-transplant, perioperative, and post-transplant management of the thoracic transplant recipient. So far, the attendees' responses have been overwhelmingly positive: the program met or exceeded participant expectations and the learning environment was praised as energetic and collegial. The 2014 Program Planning Committee Representatives and the Academy Scientific Program Committee deserve a special thank you for all of their hard work and dedication.

The Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health membership has been diligently developing content for the ISHLT 35th Annual Meeting, to be held in Nice, France, April 15-18, 2015. Your input into this process is valued by the Scientific Program Committee, as most invited content for the Annual Meeting stems from submitted proposals from ISHLT Members and Councils. We hope to expand the presence of Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health at the ISHLT 2015 meeting by encouraging the submission of educational symposia that showcase the expertise of our members.

The Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council represents over 235 members from a broad range of health professions and disciplines. The diversity of experience and interest amongst our membership is one of our strengths. As the Council strives to be inclusive and meet the needs of our members, we will be reviewing our strategic direction, redefining our objectives, and revising policies and protocols. The Council will be working closely with each of the Workforces to identify their particular goals and projects for the year. The following group of dynamic and enthusiastic individuals, who comprise the Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council Leadership, are committed to advancing our vision:

Council Chair: Samantha Anthony (Canada) samantha.anthony@sickkids.ca
Vice Chair/Secretary: Kevin Carney (USA) Kevin.Carney@uphs.upenn.edu
Past Chair: Masina Scavuzzo (USA) scavuzzo.masina@bjc.org
Liaison to Board of Directors: Bronwyn Levvey (Australia) b.levvey@alfred.org.au
2015 Program Committee: Kevin Carney (USA) Kevin.Carney@uphs.upenn.edu and Annemarie Kaan (Canada) AKaan@providencehealth.bc.ca
Education Workforce: Caron Burch - LEADER (USA) cburch@stanfordmed.org
Standards & Guidelines Workforce: Annemarie Kaan - LEADER (Canada) AKaan@providencehealth.bc.ca
Communications Workforce: Emily Stimpson - LEADER (USA) emily.stimpson@cshs.org
Registries & Databases Workforce: Bernice Coleman - LEADER (USA) Bernice.coleman@cshs.org
Grants & Awards Workforce: Lut Berben - LEADER (Switzerland) lut.berben@unibas.ch
BSTR Council Liaison: Bernice Coleman (USA) Bernice.coleman@cshs.org
I2C2 Committee Representative: Michael Petty (USA) mpetty1@fairview.org

The Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council will focus on two prioritized goals for the coming year:

  1. Enhanced Communication - This past year, ISHLT launched a new Online Community. This online community provides us with a tool to increase communication amongst fellow ISHLT members. One of the most valuable aspects of this new community is the discussion forums open for participation. We strongly encourage members to visit the online community, browse the site, update your personal profile, confirm your subscription to the appropriate communities, and post a message to your colleagues. As we grow our connected community, we hope that you find this online tool valuable to facilitate networking and collaborations. If you have questions or need assistance, please send an email to our Communication Workforce Leader - Emily Stimpson.
  2. Enriched Collaboration - The Council endeavors to build and strengthen the collaborations within our community. We can accomplish this by facilitating relationships among members who hold similar visions and interests, and then sharing our combined skills and expertise to achieve targeted goals. It is the Council's objective to encourage the development of formal partnerships with other professional groups, where mutual benefits may be attained, memberships shared, and common goals addressed. Our Council seeks to improve the visibility of Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health members by actively pursuing participation in new and on-going projects, including the compilation of clinical guidelines and consensus statements. Dissemination efforts that will provide us with the opportunity to showcase our experience and knowledge base will include the creation and publication of standardized patient educational slides, the core competencies curriculum developed for the 2014 Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Academy, MCS infection guidelines, and the November 2014 and February 2015 issues of the LINKS.

Finally, a sincere thank you is extended to Masina Scavuzzo, out-going Chair, for her leadership and perseverance this past year, and also to the outstanding Council Leadership for their on-going dedication and drive to move our initiatives forward. The Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council looks forward to updating you on our progress in the coming months and welcomes members to become involved by contacting us and contributing to the future of our Council.

Disclosure Statement: the author has no conflicts of interest to report.


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