ICPAN repræsenterer sygeplejersker verden over som arbejder med perioperativ- og opvågningssygepleje. Læs BARNA medlem Harriets beretning som et eksempel på dette. Husk at du kan søge FSAIO om økonomisk støtte til udenlandske kongresser.

ICPAN er en international forening for præ- per- og postoperativ sygeplejersker (perianaesthesia nurses).

ICPAN blev stiftet i København i 2015 i forbindelse med den tredje verdenskongres. Der er på nuværende tidspunkt 10 medlemslande og foreningen vokser fortsat.

ICPAN består af en bestyrelse og udpegede repræsentanter til Global Advisory Council,

hvor Lise Elsberg repræsenterer danske opvågningssygeplejersker gennem FSAIO.

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2019 Conference

The Board is finalizing a professional conference organizer contractual agreement for the Cancun Conference to be held in early November 2019 (dates will be announced soon). As discussed at the GAC meeting in Sydney, ICPAN will provide a complimentary registration for GAC and Board members in 2019. As always, delegate feedback will be incorporated to support learner needs and quality of experience when planning the 2019 conference. More information will be shared with the GAC as plans progress.

Global Outreach and Collegial Support

Lifebox, through a Silent Auction pulse oximeter donation, has distributed 1 oximeter to a country in need while crediting the delegate who purchased the oximeter.

Please download the additional attachment provided to review a message ICPAN received from Lifebox founder Dr. Atul Gawande.

Lifebox Australia and New Zealand volunteer and 8-year World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) Board Member Dr. Rob McDougall joined us in Sydney to explain the organisation’s mission and work and provided a screening of The Checklist Effect.

Dear Colleagues,
It was wonderful to see many of you in Sydney! As discussed during the 2017 Biennial General Meeting, the Board is engaged in strategic planning to clarify mission priorities and continue establishing a sound foundation for the organisation and its members in collaboration with the Global Advisory Council (GAC).
An ICPAN activity update follows:

2017 Conference Highlights

ICPAN’s 4th biennial conference “Tides of Change: Advocacy, Education, Research” was held in Sydney on 1-4 November. We are thankful for such warm hospitality and the amazing work accomplished by Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) Planning Committee led by Conference Chair and ACPAN President Fiona Newman. Evaluations have confirmed that this was an extremely positive experience for those who attended, with 99% of delegates saying they would recommend the ICPAN Conference to a colleague.

ICPAN 2017 Sydney Facts

  • 396 delegates with 14 countries represented: Australia, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, South Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States of America

  • Total of 105 abstract submissions received: Oral = 63, Poster = 42

  • Pre-Conference Day: Hospital Tours remained extremely popular, space limited to 40 participants by host facilities. Novice Presenters workshop had 38 in attendance and produced 5 delegates who delivered a short talk on final day of conference. The Second Victim and Writing for Publication workshops were also very well attended and highly rated

  • 40 podium presentations with 5 keynote speakers, 4 plenary sessions, and 33 lectures in 3 parallel sessions

  • The Gathering of Nations Delegate Forum remains a very popular networking opportunity

  • Online evaluation system used, website closed 4 weeks after conference

  • The conference ended with the ICPAN 2019 location preview: Cancun, Mexico


    Owen Ashwell and Harriet Zych in Cameroon Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Tour

ICPAN Membership Update

Thank you to 10 inaugural member organisations who successfully completed 2018 online renewal! The Membership Secretary has been working with members to pilot the online application and payment process. This cost-efficient method was implemented for operational efficiency and to eliminate bank wire transfer fees encountered by both members and ICPAN during 2015-2016. Based on the pilot results the Board will work to standardize the renewal process in collaboration with ICPAN GAC representatives.

One Affiliate Member has joined from Tanzania.

Global Advisory Council

The next meeting will be held in February to allow GAC members to commence their 2-year term of service as a cohort (1 member renewal pending). To improve the virtual meeting experience an online survey was conducted to inform the Board prior to purchase of a meeting software license. Based on survey feedback (57% response rate) a program was secured for Board and GAC meeting use. Webmaster Michael Maino will reach out to provide new GAC representatives with secure website login access to organisation documents, meeting minutes, and offer online meeting software support.



To watch the film please click here.

Social Media Activity

The ICPAN website continues to show steady growth in the number of monthly unique website visitors and page views. The Discussion Forums http://www.icpan.org/forums.html#/ are available but showing low engagement levels thus far.

The Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/icpan.org/ experiences robust activity with diverse global representation evident in its 925+ “Likes” that grow in numbers each week.

Please share this update with your governing board members and feel free to contact me at any time if you wish to discuss the report’s contents or to share thoughts or suggestions.

On behalf of the ICPAN Board of Directors, we wish you and your families peace, health and happiness throughout 2018.

Thanks so much for your continued support of ICPAN’s development.

All the best ~


Joni M. Brady, DNP, RN-BC, CAPA Chair, ICPAN Inc. Board of Directors board_chair@icpan.org www.icpan.org


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Dear all,
I have been wanting to send an update for a couple of weeks now. With each day full to the brim its hard to find the time to sit down, but at last here I am!
Since January 4th I have been in Mbingo Baptist Hospital, near Bamenda. My co-teacher Owen and I have been teaching a recovery room course to 29 students. We do 1-1.5 hours of lecturing early in the morning Monday-Saturday, and then on the week days we take 2 students into the recovery for a morning shift, and 2 more for an afternoon shift. The evenings are spent working on shaping the upcoming lectures and exams. The practical exams are this Friday and Saturday, and the final written exam next Wednesday. The time has positively flown by, but it feels I have been here for months at the same time, as so much has happened. Owen and I met in Addis Ababa airport for the final flight here but have been constructing the course from opposite ends of the world and clock, as he is from New Zealand, a wonderful man with 20 years nursing experience, and a former recovery charge nurse and practice educator.

It's sobering to realise that if I were to train a nurse in England they would get something like 6 weeks supernumerary time in recovery shadowing me before they are allowed to take one patient, then weeks later, take two. Here, the students will get a total of 10 hours clinical experience with us, as there are just so many students to rotate through. However, there are 3 students each from 3 different hospitals, so it is great to think any teaching has a further reaching impact than just this hospital.
Many of the students are actually nursing assistants, which is a one year course, as opposed to the 3 years training that nurses have. The theory being that they act under the supervision of a registered nurse, though in practice I do not see any difference in their roles and responsibilities. This means there is a large range in student education level in the class, some students have a degree in nursing, some only went to primary school before doing their nurse assistants training. The lectures that I spent hours upon hours carefully crafting before I left, both in depth and meticulously, just weren't fit for purpose here. Most students didn't know words like "bradycardia" or "arrhythmia". As I began to realise this, Owen and I sat down and stripped out many medicalised words from the lectures, having to add and explain basic anatomy and constructs as we went, as without that theoretical foundation, many students had great difficulty understanding the next level of surgery and anaesthesia, and its implications. As an example: one lecture slide had "disseminating intravascular coagulopathy" written as a symptom , and I just laughed and said "scrap it! scrap it! Bleeding, the patient bleeds", as I pictured worried or blank looking faces when the slide appeared in class. We have tried not to lose any of the importance or meaning in our lectures, however, and have tailored the teaching to this context as much as we can, for example using the protocols that exist here for managing patients pain and nausea in recovery.
We have to get inventive, of course. We were told that there would be mannequins to practice on, and the reality is one baby head with inflatable lung bags, and one cabbage patch doll! At first, the students were incredibly shy and unused to a teaching style which asks them to ask questions, and participate, or do group work, but by today's "scenarios" session, we had some great answers from the students, and its been wonderful to see many of them flourish.
The general attitude of the students has been nothing short of remarkable. They are so respectful, and so eager to learn, hungry for knowledge. Their probing questions are really pushing me to know and do my best, and that is a wonderful thing. I don't mind having to repeat the same things, as I'd rather students ask than sit in silence not understanding. It makes me feel that coming here to teach has been a wonderful decision, but tinged with the sadness that it is so easy for me to access information and distinguish the important or parts, whereas they don't have that privilege.
The hardest thing here hasn't been learning about the new drugs, or adapting to less equipment, which were the easiest problems to imagine before coming here (though when you have one nurse to 6 patients and only 3 monitors, it does take skill and a game of musical trolleys to give priority to the highest risk patients), but of the frustrations that come from seeing poor outcomes or poor practice even when the facilities are available. We keep drumming into the students to expect a thorough handover, to put oxygen on patients and sit them up when their saturations are low, to get help when patients are deteriorating, and to give good handovers to the ward staff, but when patients arrive without these things, or anaesthetists don't review properly, or brush off concerns, it reinforces the status quo. I should add here that there is no anaesthetic doctor in this major hospital, they are all nurses with an additional three year course in anaesthetics...

I saw a child die yesterday in ICU (which shares the other half of the room with recovery) because the nurses all got fixed on another patient's airway problem and forgot to look at the whole room. That's hard to address and to deal with. I think the important thing is to focus on what we can achieve, for there is some amazing work done at this hospital, and there are many people alive today who wouldn't be without it.

On Sundays we go hiking. The hospital was set up as a leprosy colony in land donated by the government, and there are thousands of acres of countryside which is safe to explore. We have followed some very vague information and found two waterfalls a couple of hours hike away, one of which we could swim at. Its a great opportunity to relax at the end of each week.

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