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Reflecting and Revisioning

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Samantha Anthony, PhD, MSW
NHSAH Council Chair

The year 2014 was memorable for the Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council. Our achievements were notable, including highlights such as: hosting the inaugural ISHLT Academy - Core Competencies in Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health; publishing a consensus report entitled "Adult Cardiothoracic Transplant Nursing: An ISHLT Consensus Document on the Current Adult Nursing Practice in Heart and Lung Transplantation" - Coleman et al. in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation; awarding a Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Research Grant, participating in the development of Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of VAD-related infections; and, contributing twelve LINKS articles that showcased the talent and experience of our members. The year culminated with the 35th Annual Meeting of the ISHLT in Nice, France: an event filled with high-quality scientific content, networking opportunities, and thought-provoking discussions. A special thank you to the 2015 Program Planning Committee Representatives, Kevin Carney and Annemarie Kaan, for all of their hard work and dedication.

A sincere thank-you to Bronwyn Levvey, the outgoing Liaison to the Board of Directors, for her leadership and advocacy over the past three years, and also to the dedicated Council Executive for their on-going commitment to moving our initiatives forward. In addition, a warm welcome to Dr. Michael Petty, who was recently nominated and awarded the position of Liaison to the ISHLT Board of Directors. As he 'stands on the shoulders' of great leaders, we look forward to Michael representing the unique needs of our diverse members.

The current Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Executive Council includes the following group of dynamic and enthusiastic individuals:

Over the past several years the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation has experienced remarkable growth in its membership. As a result, it has become increasingly necessary to operate in a more systematic manner, as demonstrated with purposeful changes to the Committee and Council structures. While embracing these changes, the Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council will continue to focus on our prioritized goals of enhanced communication and enriched collaborations, which will include working as a community to create opportune initiatives to:

  1. Facilitate relationships among members who hold similar visions and interests, and share our combined skills and expertise to achieve targeted goals;
  2. Encourage the development of formal partnerships with other professional groups, where mutual benefits can be attained and common goals addressed; and,
  3. 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.

The Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council strives to be inclusive and meet the needs of our members; we will continue to review our strategic direction and refine our objectives. We welcome members to become involved in the various activities within our Council and encourage them to contact us and help contribute to the future of our Council. We look forward to an exciting and productive 2015!! ■

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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