President's Message Archive

June 2018

I am delighted to start this journey with you as incoming International Federation of Perioperative Nursing (IFPN) President. I want first of all to thank Ruth Melville, Rupinder Khotar and Patrick Voight for the hard work and commitment to their respective roles on the executive board over the past 3 years.

It is my intention to continue the important work of IFPN in support of the international perioperative nursing community.

I am pleased and delighted to introduce the new IFPN executive team, Sarah Bird (ACORN) as Secretary, and Patrick Voight (AORN) as Treasurer. We have already had our first executive meeting this week and are acutely aware of the enormous amount of work that awaits us!

As a team we recognise the importance of continuing and maintaining the established global relationships, together with forging new contacts in order that IFPN can be sustained and successful, in the support and advancement of global perioperative nursing and patient care.

We are also very keen to engage specialist ambassadorial roles to support selected work streams as they present across the nations of the global community, and there are a number of perioperative colleagues who have already registered their interest in this mission. If you are keen to know more, please contact myself, Sarah or Patrick and we will ensure that you receive the appropriate information.

Overall, IFPN needs to build on a foundation that facilitates an increase in membership, greater partnership with industry; and explores every potential for mutual learning, sharing expertise and experience as a primary focus. As a network of nations we as the leaders of associations in the world of perioperative nursing, have the capacity to shape, advance, influence and learn from each other, which will ultimately best serve our patients and advance our profession.

There is an opportunity for IFPN to grow with a purpose of providing a more extensive connection for education support, in particular to those areas of the world challenged on resource. I see this as a clear professional, ethical and economic responsibility incumbent on our leadership. As an international community, my vision is collective engagement to offer technically and perioperatively advanced support, to assist the less financially privileged economies. I am always interested in your ideas and suggestions for how this can be taken forward.

IFPN is regarded as the umbrella network that unites the global perioperative nursing community. We work on behalf of the member organisations to ensure that the nursing voice is made, exerting international strategic influence and exchange through peer-to-peer professional support. The Federation has an affiliate relationship with the International Council of Nursing (ICN) and is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an authoritative voice on perioperative and surgical practice and other nursing matters.

In the changing and challenging healthcare landscape of the 21st-century, it has never been more important for member countries to have the opportunity to share collectively and develop a workable plan to ensure the needs of each perioperative organisation are catered for, and the voice of the international perioperative community is registered and heard at the top strategic levels.

My friends and colleagues, collectively, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience that form the backbone of the organisation. These relationships are crucial to IFPN , and need to be maintained, developed and extended to ensure that our vision and strategy remains dynamic and current; and to be positioned at all times and in all situations to respond to national and international issues as they arise.

IFPN provides the platform for member nations to showcase their professional associations work and influence the worldwide perioperative agenda, and to this end, it is imperative that you provide any relevant information, directly to the executive board, so that it can be shared globally. There is much work already in progress to overhaul the website so that it can be better utilised for its intended purpose and for the benefit of its members.

I want to assure you of my continued ambition and commitment to continuity with the excellent work that has been provided by previous presidents, executives and board members of IFPN.

By no means least, but in conclusion, I must acknowledge the importance of the patient at the centre of every activity and strategy, which can never be forgotten. It is my strongly held belief that and as long as we keep the perioperative patient at the forefront of every decision and every action, then the future of IFPN will be promoted, enhanced and secured.

It is my clear ambition as your president to ensure continuity with the excellent work that has been provided by previous boards and past leaders, using and working with their 'Organisational Memory', to engage actively and work closely with the ICN and the WHO.

In terms of current working with developing nations, together with my UK colleague Minija and a small local team in India, we have laid some firm groundwork over the past number of years, and I am both apprehensive and pleased to announce that the Indian Association of Registered Perioperative Nurses (IAoRPN) will be launched in Chennai in February 2019. It is my dream that this new association will become part of IFPN. I promise to keep you posted on all developments going forward.

The last word goes to the UK Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) whose unwavering and constant support can never be underestimated, in enabling me to take on and sustain the responsibility of IFPN president. I am grateful to AfPP and to all of you my international colleagues for your friendship, support and confidence. I will endeavour to be ever supportive in our global mission going forward.

With my very best wishes,
Mona Guckian Fisher,
Registered Nurse RGN, LLM, BSc (HONS), OHND, Dip.HSWW, CMIOSH, Dip.Periop Nursing, Dip.Couns.


May 2016

As the IFPN President 2015-2018 I wish all perioperative nurses throughout the world greetings. The International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN) as we all know is a global organization dedicated to actively promoting perioperative nursing and it is my honour to represent IFPN across the world, one of the largest speciality nursing organisations.

United as Perioperative nurses we can continue to share our expertise and knowledge for improvement and excellence within the perioperative setting. Our contribution from this perspective is important to each patient we care for, making a difference in their lives on a daily basis with the skills and a sense of empathy for our patients undergoing surgery. We are also an important part of a multi-disciplinary team working in collaboration to provide the excellence in perioperative care anywhere in the worldwide health care systems that we work.

This vision is what secures the future success of IFPN as a worldwide network, as without IFPN we cannot ensure we are working towards globally improving perioperative patient care. IFPN must focus on this vision by collaborating with our member associations ensuring a culture of transparency and trust. It is also at this level that you realize that language is no barrier to perioperative nursing; we all face the same challenges worldwide regardless of the country we live in.We must continue to strengthen our networking both in developing our organization and in the contribution and exchange of knowledge at an international level. This knowledge is based on our core business to "promote safe surgery and evidence- based best practice standards, through research and education in collaboration with member organizations and other relevant collaborators."

Ruth Melville
IFPN President 2015-2018


Uppsala, Sweden 13th of April 2015

Honorable International Perioperative Colleagues,

The time goes very quickly for all of us, that feeling we do share when occupied in different professional/ family/ life tasks within our lives. It was a while ago we presented an IFPN Newsletter; but here it comes! The reason for not deliver, after the last one in October of 2013, is that IFPN has been without a web master from November 2013. In last October (2014) our colleague Ms. Fiona Unac, Chair of PNC, New Zealand, has undertaken the task as IFPN web master and began the work with the IFPN newsletter, which I deeply thank her for this. During the period of November 2013 until present time Ms. Bonnie McLeod, IFPN Secretary has been an interim webmaster.

IFPN has continued in making efforts for developing the federation; making the bonds between the member associations stronger, opened up to collaboration with both old as new partners and other perioperative nurses associations around our globe. Many colleagues I have met during my presidency have expressed the desire in coming together and collaborate equally, in respect to each other for the best development of our profession and our organizations.

I wish to show up some of the IFPN activities that have been taken place during 2014/2015 such as:

  • Informal urgent IFPN meeting 29th of March 2014 in Chicago which took place in the 3M international lounge at the AORN conference event. A new Nomination Committee/NC was proposed/decided to start the voting procedure for the next Executives; Chair of the NC as agreed: Sue Lord/ President of AfPP as the two NC/members Ms. Rupinder Khotar/President of ORNAC and Ruth Melville/ President of ACORN.
  • At AORN; Chicago, 29th - 31st March 2014, I was invited speaker- representing IFPN, at the 5th Annual International Summit, with the theme "Perioperative Innovations Unite a Global community".
  • Attended at EORNA Board meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on the 9th of May 2014 invited by Caroline Higgins,EORNA President to present IFPN activities from April 2012(Lisbon meeting) to present time.
  • Contact with the Global Infection Control study group, OASIS (previous name ISIS) attended their conference on 3rd -4th June 2014 in Vienna, Austria. Leading WHO officers as Dr. Didier Pitet and Dr/Professor Benedetta Alegranzi as others from Europe, USA and Africa region were speaking on infection control globally and how we could collaborate internationally in achieving global goals on this topic.
  • Attended the AfPP 50th anniversary in York 15th-17th of August 2014.
  • IFPN informal gathering on the 16th of August with those of IFPN Board members who were attending the AfPP celebrations.
  • Attended as key note speaker at the ASIORNA conference on, 9th -11th of October 2014 taken place in Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Formal IFPN Board meeting in Queenstown, NZ, 16th of October 2014, hosted by Ms. Fiona Unac President of PNC.
  • Voting results was presented by Ms. Sue Lord, AfPP President and Chair of NC; Mr. Patrick Voight /Ambassador/AORN as IFPN Treasurer, Ms. Ruth Melville, Australia/ACORN, as IFPN President elect and Ms. Rupinder Khotar, Canada/ORNAC, as incoming IFPN Secretary. The transition/handover for President and Secretary Positions will take place in 10th of May 2015, Rome, Italy. The Treasurer position takes place immediately after the Formal Board meeting in Queenstown.
  • New member was voted at Formal Board meeting in Queenstown: GORNA- GREECE, welcome to IFPN!
  • Showed interest of membership from: GHANA, CHINA and SINGAPORE.
  • Attended at SEORNA (Swedish Operating Room Nurses Association) 50th anniversary invited in presenting IFPN, 27th of November 2014, Stockholm, SWEDEN.
  • Informal IFPN gathering 8th of March 2015 in conjunction to AORN congress in Denver, USA, generously hosted by AORN/Ms. Victoria Steelman, AORN President.
  • Attended Singaporean OR Nurses annual conference as invited keynote speaker by Ms. Jessica Leong, Chairperson of SINGAPOREAN OR Nurse Chapter, 21st of March 2015 in Singapore.

On behalf of IFPN and Executives I wish to extend our thanks to all colleagues of IFPN and all partners for the grate collaboration we have had during the past time; special gratitude towards the PNZ colleagues for the huge welcoming in Queenstown, NZ, where we were welcomed in a special traditional way in accordance with the Maori culture. Such a fantastic experience; thank you all!

A grate Thank you also to AORN; for hosting our informal meeting in March 2015.

My gratitude also to the colleagues of ASIORNA, JONA, KAORN, the ORN Chapter of SINGAPORE and the Committee of Perioperative Operating Room Nurses of CHINA for the networking we have had and the willingness you showed in coming together with IFPN. Together we can build our professions future and the perioperative nursing care for patients undergoing surgery; wherever in the world we are. Every single patient deserves best of care and we can make the difference for those patients with our knowledge, compassion, professionalism and willingness to care and to share.


Dear International Colleagues, my time as IFPN President comes to its end when the handover takes place in next meeting on 10th of May 2015. I have learned so many things from you all. I learned even more about how organizations are build and how procedures looks like depending where in the world they take place, but mostly I have learned more about how we humans can come together, sharing experience and knowledge and that feeling of togetherness makes the difference for all of us…there is our success, our strength and our joy!

My gratitude to you all for opening your doors and windows towards IFPN and me, inviting to share a task, a moment, an idea…a vision and a dream about future best perioperative nursing and care!

I always will honor the time in IFPN and the grate leaders and colleagues I did met and worked with. A huge Thank You All and hope to meet somewhere sometime!

A special THANK YOU to my closest collaborator; IFPN Secretary Ms. Bonnie McLeod, we made it together; pulling our strengths jointly for the best interest of IFPN and our profession. I feel very proud of what I learned from you!

My best wishes to the next IFPN Executive group and all future Board Members!

Sincerely Yours,
Irini Antoniadou
IFPN President (April 2012- May 2015)



Together with Ms. Sue Lord, AfPP President, August 2014, York, UK


Together with Leaders/Presidents at the Leaders Forum 9th of October 2014, Fukuoka, Japan. Leaders/Presidents from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Norway.


Together with President Ms,Guo Li and Ms. Chen Xiaomin Vice President of Committee of Perii-Operative Room Nurses of Chinese Nursing Association, October 2014/Fukuoka, Japan


Closing Ceremony at ASIORNA Conference, October 2014, Fukuoka, Japan. Ms KeSook Young, outgoing ASIORNA President (with flowers in her hands), Ms.Salya Paikemsirimongkol ASIORNA incoming President (to the left) and Ms. Kyoko Kikuchi(to the right), JONA President amongst other ASIORNA Board members.


Ms. Fiona Unac, Chair of PNC and IFPN President Ms. Irini Antoniadou, 17th of October 2014, New Zealand.


Together with Ms. Phyllis Davies, IFPN Ambasador and Ms.Eunice Laim, President of Papua New Guinea 17th October 2014, Queenstown, New Zealand


Ms. Bonnie McLeod IFPN Secretary, Ms. Rupinder Khotar ORNAC President and Ms.Irini Antoniadou IFPN President, 17th of October 2014, Queenstown, New Zealand.


Colleagues at PNC Annual Conference, October 2014, Queenstown, New Zealand


Together with International Colleagues at International Summit/ AORN, 7th of March 2015, Denver, USA.


Together with Colleagues of Singaporean OR Nurses Chapter, March 2015, Singapore.


From 2012

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

It is with great pleasure I welcome you to the website of IFPN, which will undergo essential reconstruction in the near future.

Initially, I wish to thank all member-associations who nominated me and voted for me to undertake this amazing task for IFPN. I feel really honored and grateful having this opportunity to serve perioperative nursing through the international voice that IFPN is. I will do my best to visualize and achieve IFPN goals worldwide together with members, relevant organizations and partners. Let us join strengths, expertise and visions for better future in the field of perioperative care. Let us together develop and create future options for perioperative nurses in their care for the patients undergoing surgery.

Yours sincerely,
Irini Antoniadou
IFPN President (2012-2015)