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WFNN 13th Quadrennial Congress

Join us in 2025 in Australia Please join us down under for a very exciting 13th Quadrennial Congress in beautiful Darwin, Australia to be held in the summer of 2025 (dates to be announced) at the Darwin Convention Center. We are planning an outstanding Congress meeting with a lots of Australian activities, crocodile tours, the famous Bindi Market and a reception in the hangar of the Royal Flying Doctors Service. International speakers, international nurses and of course the beautiful weather. Come and experience unforgettable Australia. Abstracts open April 1st, 2024

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WFNN 13th Quadrennial Congress

Join us in 2025 in Australia Please join us down under for a very exciting 13th Quadrennial Congress in beautiful Darwin, Australia to be held in the summer of 2025 (dates to be announced) at the Darwin Convention Center. We are planning an outstanding Congress meeting with a lots of Australian activities, crocodile tours, the famous Bindi Market and a reception in the hangar of the Royal Flying Doctors Service. International speakers, international nurses and of course the beautiful weather. Come and experience unforgettable Australia. Abstracts open April 1st, 2024

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Christi
05/16/21

Neuro Nurse Spotlight: Zeliha (Turkey)

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In this quarter’s Neuro Nurse Spotlight, we’re chatting with Zeliha from Turkey to find out what a typical day-in-her-life looks like, and to find out what she most enjoys about her work.

Zeliha Tulek is an associate professor and neuroscience nurse based in Istanbul, Turkey. She is widely published and is a frequent conference speaker. Her primary focus is on stroke and multiple sclerosis, as well as dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Earning her PhD in 2006 from the Istanbul University Florence Nightingale School of Nursing with a dissertation focused on, “Quality of Life in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis”, her previous research interest has centred on quality of life, caregiver burden, nutrition, quality indicators and scale validity.

What does a typical day in your life look like, pre-COVID?

My work is quite flexible and my schedule depends largely on whether I have to teach courses that day or attend meetings. My morning commute is by car and is roughly 20-30 minutes from my home. Normally I go to the University for four days and to the hospital for one day. I typically arrive at 8:15am if I have an 8:30am class or lab--if I don’t have a morning class or lab, my arrival time is flexible.

One day each week I accompany my 2nd year students to the clinic. I am responsible (with 2 assistants) for about 50 students and I have 5 other PhD-level faculty members in the Medical Nursing department with 4 assistants. This day at the hospital is very busy because you need to teach and also to take care of very inexperienced students. I have some interns also (about 4-5)--they are 4th year students and they typically have a mentor nurse in the clinic who is precepting them, but my role is more supervisory.

Between these days, I participate in various committees and academic activities for the University. For example, I’m involved in an International Relations committee, a grant committee, and an accreditation committee. In addition, I provide active mentorship and oversight of our graduate students for their dissertations and conduct my own research and projects in collaboration with some of the clinics with which I am connected. Between these responsibilities, I’m also preparing conference presentations and material for meetings.

The end of my day varies--officially it is over at 5pm (1700 hrs), however, I often find myself working on projects and tasks until 8pm (2000 hrs). There are the occasional “all-nighters” required to prepare a speech or meet a deadline to produce a book chapter, manuscript or a project proposal.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? What about the most difficult aspect?

To me, the most rewarding part of this position is that it allows me to pursue my interest in life-long learning. Also, I’m always surrounded by young people which gives me energy and motivation--especially when they are eager to learn. It's also very rewarding to see the success of the graduate students--it makes me feel very proud. Finally, there’s nothing quite like the relief of completing a research study or receiving a message about the acceptance of your manuscript!

Long and flexible working hours are--what I find to be--the most difficult part of the role. Sometimes there are sacrifices that have to be made, for example, in your social life, in order to achieve your professional goals. The deadlines can prove stressful and sometimes it's difficult to stay motivated. A significant amount of organization and self-discipline is required much of the time to stay on track.
Thank you, Zeliha, for this peek into your life and work!

Stay tuned for future spotlights from other neuro nurses working and studying internationally.

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Christi
01/10/21

Dr. Daiwai Olsen presents grand rounds on Pupillometry

If you are looking to learn the latest in pupillometry, join Dr. Daiwai Olsen as he presents grand rounds at University of Texas Southwestern. The talk is virtual and free of charge! US Central time, Wednesday January 13th, 2021 from 12:00-1:00PM click the link below to join the webinar:

https://utsouthwestern-edu.zoom.us/j/95139821654?pwd=eWRmc0tudlJOVzRmN2twQlpjSU8xUT09 If you have heard Daiwai speak, then you know that you are in for an outstanding lecture. Hope you can join!

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Christi
07/27/20

Think Brain Health

The WFNN is committed to partnering with other national and international organizations to improve neurological health. Think Brain Health is an international initiative aimed at reducing the burden of degenerative neurological disease through education and sharing best practices in well researched recommendations. To learn more, visit their site at https://www.thinkbrainhealth.org

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Christi
07/11/20

WFNN Congress is 2021 cancelled

The WFNN executive board has been carefully following the COVID-19 crisis and its' impact to our member nations. Given the global nature of our organization, rapidly evolving health concerns and travel restrictions, we have decided that it is neither prudent or appropriate to proceed with our planned congress in 2021. We will plan to host the next quadrennial congress in Australia in 2025. We hope that you all plan to join us.

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Dawn
04/06/20

WFNN Congress 2021

To all our neuroscience colleagues.

Just to let everyone know that our Darwin Congress in June 2021 is now live and the abstracts are open for submission!

We look forward to to seeing everyone in beautiful Darwin.

Connect on the Congress link for more information.

https://aapevents.eventsair.com/wfnn2021congress/

Upcoming Events:

WFNN 13th Quadrennial Congress

Join us in 2025 in Australia Please join us down under for a very exciting 13th Quadrennial Congress in beautiful Darwin, Australia to be held in the summer of 2025 (dates to be announced) at the Darwin Convention Center. We are planning an outstanding Congress meeting with a lots of Australian activities, crocodile tours, the famous Bindi Market and a reception in the hangar of the Royal Flying Doctors Service. International speakers, international nurses and of course the beautiful weather. Come and experience unforgettable Australia. Abstracts open April 1st, 2024

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