The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, announced the founding sponsors of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing. GAPFON, a panel of international health and nurse leaders, was convened in March 2014 to establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing, with the overall goal of advancing global health. Key issues identified include the need for reform, advocacy and innovations in leadership, policy, practice, education and work environments, according to STTI.
The founding sponsors are Pfizer, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
We have never felt more deeply the need for a unified voice and vision for the future of nursing worldwide, STTI President Hester C. Klopper, PhD, MBA, RN, RM, FANSA, said in the announcement. Pfizer, Johns Hopkins and NCSBN are providing GAPFON with support critical to move this initiative boldly into the future, which will ultimately improve global health.
The funding contributed by the sponsors supports meetings with government, education and healthcare leaders from every global region to provide recommendations and develop strategies regarding GAPFON initiatives. The input received at the regional meetings will assist GAPFON in establishing interprofessional partnerships and collaborations, thereby strengthening nursings voice, vision and role in advancing world health.
Pfizer is proud to be a founding sponsor of GAPFON, Pfizer External Medical Affairs Senior Director Paula DeCola, MSc, RN, said in the STTI announcement. Amplifying the voice of the nursing profession is essential to advancing global health and as such, is consistent with Pfizers efforts to improve public health and patient outcomes around the world.
Todays nurses are full partners and leaders in the healthcare process. They are the bridge between patients and the healthcare system, and this advisory panel is an extraordinary and timely collaboration to strategically advance nursing education, research and policy in order to have greater impact on the quality of healthcare globally, Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean, John Hopkins School of Nursing, said in the release.
NCSBN CEO Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, said, NCSBN is honored to partner and collaborate with STTI in support of this important initiative to advance global health outcomes.
STTI will host three GAPFON regional meetings with government, education and healthcare leaders in 2015. The GAPFON Middle East regional meeting will be held April 20-21 in Amman, Jordan, in conjunction with a meeting of the Jordanian Nursing Council. The GAPFON Asia regional meeting will take place June 15-16 in Seoul, South Korea, in collaboration with the Korean Nurses Association. The GAPFON Caribbean is July 17-18 and Latin/North America meetings July 20-22, both in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in conjunction with STTIs 26th International Nursing Research Congress.
For more information about STTI can be found online at www.nursingsociety.org.
For more information on GAPFON, including the upcoming regional meetings, please visit www.gapfon.org.