Generic placeholder image Retirement of a long standing WFNN employee

JD Meacham, a long standing WFNN Board member retires from the WFNN after a long industrious career. We will miss his humour, his dedication to neuroscience nursing and his beautiful pictures of the mountains where he resides. Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

Singapore joins the WFNN

The executive board welcomes the Singapore neuroscience nurses association to the WFNN. Welcome!

 
 

Italy joins the WFNN

We welcomed the Italian neuroscience nurses to the WFNN. Christi DeLemos joined President Cristina Razzini in Rome for their highly successful national meeting.

2015: Updates and new members

So far, in 2015 we updated our website and welcomed Uganda into the WFNN.

 
 

Generic placeholder image 2013: Japan

The conference was held in beautiful city of Gifu during the early spring and hosted by the Japanese Assocation of Neuroscience Nurses (JANN) and local chair Mitsue Ishiyama. Many of us climbed that famous mountain and highly enjoyed the local culture. The congress was attended by 340 nurses from across the world. The executive commitee for the WFNN for the 2013 congress was V. Prendergast (Pres), V. Evans (VP), K. March (Secretary/Treasurer) and JD Meacham, Executive Director.

In 2013; Twitter goes live, a garment factory in Bangladesh claims 1100 people, world politics and violence erupts, and the 3D printer is born.

Generic placeholder image 2009: Canada

Our meeting was held in the culturally-diverse city of Toronto at York University during the early summer and hosted by the local chair of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) W. Koopman. The executive committee for the WFNN for the 2009 congress consisted of V. Prendergast (Pres), V. Evans (VP), K. March (Secretary), P. Hagell (Treasurer) and JD Meacham, Executive Director. 2009 was the beginning of EANN and Neuroblend, consisting of a group of dedicated neuroscience experts with a passion for international education. Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female astronaut in space was the key note speaker.

Also in 2009; the 'swine flu' is listed as a global pandemic, Barack Obama is voted in as president, Australia witnesses its worst wild fires and Greenland is voted the least populated country representing .001% of the world's population

 
 

Generic placeholder image 2005: Spain

The conference was held in the romantic city of Barcelona during the springtime and hosted by the local chair R. Suner. The executive commitee for the WFNN in 2005 was H. Ubachs (Pres), P. Hagell (VP), R. Firth (Secretary) and V. Prendergast (Treasurer). Our executive team also welcomed JD Meacham as the Executive Director.

In 2005, Pope John Paul II passes away and >4 million people attend his funeral. Disneyland celebrates is 50th birthday, the Avian flu shows itself, and the Kyoto Protocol comes into effect.

Generic placeholder image 2001: Australia

The conference was held way down under in spectacular Sydney, home of the famous Opera House and hosted by the Australian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and local chair, V. Evans. The WFNN Executive committee for the 2001 congress was H. Ubachs (Pres), B. Lester (VP), P. Hagell (Secretary), V. Prendergast (Treasurer).

In 2001, the twin towers collapse and a plane crashes into the Pentagon. An earthquake in India kills >20,000 people, the IRA dismantles it weapons arsenal and the leaning Tower of Pisa is finally re-opended after 11 years of repairs.

 
 

Generic placeholder image 1997: The Netherlands

Our meeting was held in beautiful Amsterdam at the heigth of spring and supported by Europeon Association of Neuroscience Nurses (EANN) and the local chair E. Baten. The executive committee of the WFNN for the 1997 congress was M. Reimer, the new President, C. Eberhardie (VP), S. Carroll (Secretary) and V. Prendergast (Treasurer)

1997 was a challenging year. Both Mother Theresa and Princess Diana pass away this year. 150 countries sign The Kyoto Protocol (global warming), Luxemborg is voted the world's richest country, while the beginning of the global economic crisis is realized.

Generic placeholder image 1993: Mexico

The meeting was held in beautiful Acapulco. Weather was spectacular and attended by many, including the WFNN executive committee, V. Roach (Pres), M. Reimer (VP), M. Fiore (Secretary) and C. Eberhardie (Treasurer).

1993 included the release of the famous movie Jurassic Park. Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk win the Nobel Peace prize. South Africa adopts a majority rule constitution and Rodney King raises racial awareness in the US. The world population sits as 5.5 billion. The Europeon Union is created.

 
 

1970-1993

The WFNN continues to build links and community fostering education and support

1969: Our beginning

The WFNN is conceptualized by Agnes Marshall with the goal of developing and connecting neurosciences nurses worldwide in a community of education, association and support.

1969 was a big year. Russia launches a rocket towards Venus, the concord makes its maiden flight, Neil Armstrong lands on the moon and the Woodstock music and art festival is born.

 
Singapore joins the WFNN

The executive board welcomes the Singapore neuroscience nurses association to the WFNN. Welcome!

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Retirement of a long standing WFNN employee

JD Meacham, a long standing WFNN Board member retires from the WFNN after a long industrious career. We will miss his humour, his dedication to neuroscience nursing and his beautiful pictures of the mountains where he resides. Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.

Italy joins the WFNN

We welcomed the Italian neuroscience nurses to the WFNN. Christi DeLemos joined President Cristina Razzini in Rome for their highly successful national meeting.

2015: Updates and new members

So far, in 2015 we updated our website and welcomed Uganda into the WFNN.

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2013: Japan

The conference was held in beautiful city of Gifu during the early spring and hosted by the Japanese Assocation of Neuroscience Nurses (JANN) and local chair Mitsue Ishiyama. Many of us climbed that famous mountain and highly enjoyed the local culture. The congress was attended by 340 nurses from across the world. The executive commitee for the WFNN for the 2013 congress was V. Prendergast (Pres), V. Evans (VP), K. March (Secretary/Treasurer) and JD Meacham, Executive Director.

In 2013; Twitter goes live, a garment factory in Bangladesh claims 1100 people, world politics and violence erupts, and the 3D printer is born.

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2009: Canada

Our meeting was held in the culturally-diverse city of Toronto at York University during the early summer and hosted by the local chair of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (CANN) W. Koopman. The executive committee for the WFNN for the 2009 congress consisted of V. Prendergast (Pres), V. Evans (VP), K. March (Secretary), P. Hagell (Treasurer) and JD Meacham, Executive Director. 2009 was the beginning of EANN and Neuroblend, consisting of a group of dedicated neuroscience experts with a passion for international education. Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first female astronaut in space was the key note speaker.

Also in 2009; the 'swine flu' is listed as a global pandemic, Barack Obama is voted in as president, Australia witnesses its worst wild fires and Greenland is voted the least populated country representing .001% of the world's population

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2005: Spain

The conference was held in the romantic city of Barcelona during the springtime and hosted by the local chair R. Suner. The executive commitee for the WFNN in 2005 was H. Ubachs (Pres), P. Hagell (VP), R. Firth (Secretary) and V. Prendergast (Treasurer). Our executive team also welcomed JD Meacham as the Executive Director.

In 2005, Pope John Paul II passes away and >4 million people attend his funeral. Disneyland celebrates is 50th birthday, the Avian flu shows itself, and the Kyoto Protocol comes into effect.

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2001: Australia

The conference was held way down under in spectacular Sydney, home of the famous Opera House and hosted by the Australian Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) and local chair, V. Evans. The WFNN Executive committee for the 2001 congress was H. Ubachs (Pres), B. Lester (VP), P. Hagell (Secretary), V. Prendergast (Treasurer).

In 2001, the twin towers collapse and a plane crashes into the Pentagon. An earthquake in India kills >20,000 people, the IRA dismantles it weapons arsenal and the leaning Tower of Pisa is finally re-opended after 11 years of repairs.

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1997: The Netherlands

Our meeting was held in beautiful Amsterdam at the heigth of spring and supported by Europeon Association of Neuroscience Nurses (EANN) and the local chair E. Baten. The executive committee of the WFNN for the 1997 congress was M. Reimer, the new President, C. Eberhardie (VP), S. Carroll (Secretary) and V. Prendergast (Treasurer)

1997 was a challenging year. Both Mother Theresa and Princess Diana pass away this year. 150 countries sign The Kyoto Protocol (global warming), Luxemborg is voted the world's richest country, while the beginning of the global economic crisis is realized.

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1993: Mexico

The meeting was held in beautiful Acapulco. Weather was spectacular and attended by many, including the WFNN executive committee, V. Roach (Pres), M. Reimer (VP), M. Fiore (Secretary) and C. Eberhardie (Treasurer).

1993 included the release of the famous movie Jurassic Park. Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk win the Nobel Peace prize. South Africa adopts a majority rule constitution and Rodney King raises racial awareness in the US. The world population sits as 5.5 billion. The Europeon Union is created.

1970-1993

The WFNN continues to build links and community fostering education and support

1969: Our beginning

The WFNN is conceptualized by Agnes Marshall with the goal of developing and connecting neurosciences nurses worldwide in a community of education, association and support.

1969 was a big year. Russia launches a rocket towards Venus, the concord makes its maiden flight, Neil Armstrong lands on the moon and the Woodstock music and art festival is born.

Cathy Cartwright, President

Cathy is the Director of Advanced Practice Professional Development at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, with 20 years’ experience as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in neurosurgery. She began her nursing career in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she became interested in neuroscience nursing. She enjoys sharing her passion for pediatric neuroscience with other nurses and is a frequent conference speaker on pediatric neuroscience topics at the national and international level. She is on the nurses’ planning committee for the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, where she assists in developing programs to increase neurosurgery nursing knowledge world-wide. She loves meeting neuro nurses around the world! She is also a past president of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing (AANN), co-editor of the three editions of the book Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient, co-editor of chapters in the AANN Core Curriculum, a member of the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing editorial board, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2015 she was the recipient of the ANCC National Magnet Nurse of the Year award for exemplary professional practice. An advocate of lifelong learning, she received her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May 2020, 40 years after earning her Masters degree.

Linda Nichols, Vice President

Linda is a Registered Nurse with nearly 25 years’ experience. She began her nursing career in aged and community care before moving to neurosurgery in 2008 working across general neurosurgery, high dependency and oncology. From 2012, Linda has worked for the University of Tasmania in an academic role and as Stream Coordinator for the Postgraduate Neuroscience Nursing Stream. Linda also has a passion for public health and is an Authorized Nurse Immunizer working as an independent practitioner and as part of previous pandemic responses (influenza H1N1) and now Covid-19. Linda has a passion for learning and holds a Clinical Masters in Neuroscience Nursing, Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania, as well as postgraduate qualifications in Oncology and aged care nursing. Linda is currently completing her PhD in an epidemiological study of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhages. Linda’s research field is epidemiologically focused on the determinants of health, rural vulnerability and translational research. Her international standing is growing and evidenced though her collaboration in a number of other projects across a range of fields. Her research experience is evidenced through her published manuscripts, with her ability to present work orally evidenced by her invited and keynote lectures and awarded conference presentations. Linda has been actively engaged as a committee member for the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association since 2010, fulfilling the role of Scientific Conference Convener from 2010-2016 and editor in chief of the Australasian Journal of Neuroscience (AJON) from 2016 to present.

Charmaine Arulvarathan, Treasurer/Secretary

Charmaine Arulvarathan is a Registered Nurse in Toronto, Canada with nearly 10 years of experience. The majority of her clinical experience has been in the adult population of neurosurgery and neurology with specialization in stroke, neurovascular surgeries and high acuity care. From 2012, she has worked for the University Health Network --ranked as the leading research hospital network in Canada. For the past 6 years, she has held the position of an Advanced Practice Nurse Educator within the Krembil Neuroscience Program. She is also a Neuroscience Educator within the Neuroscience Education Outreach Network (NEON) for Critical Care Services Ontario. Charmaine holds a Masters Degree in Nursing with a focus on Education and Health Policy. She is certified with the Canadian Nurses' Association in Neuroscience Nursing and has previously held the post of Councillor of the Ontario Central Chapter of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She maintains a keen interest in research and authorship and is a certified instructor in Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) with the Neurocritical Care Society.

The World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) is an international neuroscience nursing organization dedicated to the promotion and development of neuroscience nursing worldwide. The mission of the WFNN is to encourage and facilitate interaction amongst neuroscience nurses worldwide and to aid, exchange and disseminate nursing knowledge. The WFNN is dedicated to
improving and fostering the highest nursing standards, encourage nursing research and the development of expertise across all levels of neuroscience nursing.

Activities of the WFNN include facilitating world neuroscience nursing scientific meeting every 4 years, development of educational materials for nursing and highlight and support local and international conferences. The WFNN actively seeks opportunities for learning, highlighted through the website and fosters the building of a community of neuroscience nursing international relationships.

If you are a nurse practicing within the neuroscience field but not yet a member of the WFNN, please contact dawn.tymianski@uhn.ca

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Application for the WFNN President

Please find attached the application for the WFNN President position. Please ensure the application is complete and send to d.tymianski25@gmail.com. We thank all those interested in applying; only successful candidates will be contacted about next steps.

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November 22nd, 2019

Application for the WFNN Executive Treasurer/Secretary Position

Please find attached the application for the WFNN Treasurer/Secretary position. Please ensure the application is complete and send to d.tymianski25@gmail.com. We thank all those interested in applying; only successful candidates will be contacted about next steps.

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November 22nd, 2019

WFNN Vice President application

The WFNN is in need of a new Vice President. Please complete the attached application. Applications are due March 17th. Please send completed applications in PDF form to: d.tymianski25@gmail.com

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February 17th, 2019

EANN 2019 Travel Grant for Manchester

The WFNN is pleased to offer 10 travel grants, each with a value of 500 US dollars for WFNN members to attend to upcoming EANN Meeting in Manchester in March 2019. The application is attached. The closing date for the travel grant is January 31, 2019.

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November 12th, 2018

Elizabeth Naigaga Neuroscience Nursing Scholarship

Let me introduce you to Elizabeth Naigaga also referred to as “Mom”. Elizabeth is the first formally trained ICU nurse at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. She received her ICU training in Japan and Kenya and became the head nurse of the first ICU at Mulago. In 2009, Elizabeth went back to school to get her BSN. After completing her BSN, Elizabeth spent one year improving the PICU care followed by setting up a high dependency unit for the Neurosurgical patient. Elizabeth’s heart was always with the ICU environment. She found these jobs challenging due to the limitations of resources both in personnel and supplies. Elizabeth put her heart and soul into each position she has held. Despite these challenges, Elizabeth has been determined to make a difference in the care of the patients at Mulago and she has. In 2013 Elizabeth traveled to Gifu, Japan were she was a presenter at the 11th Quadrennial WFNN Congress. Elizabeth was the first representative from Africa to attend the WFNN meeting. This was a unique opportunity to meet and learn about nursing practices throughout the world. Elizabeth has demonstrated incredible clinical, mentoring, and leadership skills which has help transform the ICU into an exemplary unit. She is loved and respected by all who know and work with her. Elizabeth succumbed to her one-month battle with pancreatic & liver cancer on May 29th, 2018. This scholarship was developed in her name.

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June 18th, 2018

Integra Neuroscience Nursing Grant

Integra has been very generous with WFNN and is offering 2 (two) 1250$ US Dollars travel grants to 2 (two ) nurses in financial need in order that they attend the congress in Opatija this September. Please fill in and complete the application!

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May 13th, 2017

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2017 Agnes Marshall Best Paper and Poster Award

Agnes Marshall is credited with co-founding the WFNN in 1969. The WFNN Board of Directors created the 'Agnes Marshall-Walker Best Paper and Best Poster award recognizes one nurse in each category for their scientific pursuits of scholarly inquiry. Best paper and Best poster awards are 500 USD each and chosen by an international peer review committee

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February 1st, 2017

Travel grant for 2017 Congress

WFNN members can apply for travel grants to provide financial support to attend the 2017 WFNN Quadrennial Congress to be held in Opatija, Croatia. This meeting promises to bring together nurses from across the world to share their passion for neuroscience nursing.

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February 1st, 2017

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Croatia

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Austria

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Belgium

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United States

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Netherlands

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Iceland

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Canada

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New Zealand

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Australia

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Serbia

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Poland

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Britain

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Hong Kong

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Denmark

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Singapore

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Italy


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Codman

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Integra

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Optune

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Monteris

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Genentech

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Chamberlain School of Nursing

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Lundbeck

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Medtronic

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Surgi-One

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Krembil Foundation

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Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation