President's Message

December 2018
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Dear Colleagues,

I write primarily to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and the best for the New Year and 2019. I am certain that many of your members will be working hard throughout the holiday period, and a special word of thanks goes to each and every one of them.

I take this opportunity to further update you on the latest IFPN news. I am delighted to welcome to the Federation our newest members from Turkey, Pacific Islands and India. Thank you all for participating with the selection and voting process in support of these organisations, and to achieve this outcome.

We are planning a very busy year ahead for 2019; I am particularly busy with plans for the launch of the first Indian Perioperative Nurses Association at the IACTS /ASCVTS joint Indian and Asian Societies for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Conference on 21-24 February in Chennai.

This conference is followed by the International Symposium on Perioperative Nursing in Delhi on the 26 and 27 February 2019, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh.

You will, I am sure appreciate the amount of work that is required to get something like this off the ground. I particularly want to thank Sarah and Patrick who have both been magnanimous in support of me and the needs of IFPN since we collectively took up post in June this year. I want to reassure you that we have worked collectively, in unison, as a team focused on perioperative nursing and the best ways that we can be engaged to advance our profession throughout the world.

IFPN is aligned with the G4 Alliance, WHO and ICN and we will keep you updated on all areas of progress with these collaborations.

I would also like to thank the IFPN Ambassadors for their engagement within their regions which I am aware has been significant over this past number of months.

I reiterate my previous plea directly to yourselves; to engage with your own local and national organisations in support of IFPNs attempts to promoting the outstanding work, experience, value and contribution of the perioperative nurse within the many areas of healthcare where perioperative nursing is now undertaken.

As I have said before, we are the people who populate the perioperative organisations, operating theatres and Interventional suites across the world, and therefore, at times the responsibility for engagement can seem an arduous burden; but, I believe, that collectively, this is one that we can bear honourably for our profession.

Everything, in the end comes down to ownership and responsibility, and I have shared in the past, my own mantra in terms of personal commitment. I have added a further caveat to my personal commitment which runs along the lines that:

‘it always begins with me- and for that that I am responsible’

It is not accidental that we are the representatives of our Associations, so we can each clearly identify the personal commitment and sacrifice in terms of time and energy that we have already contributed and continue to do so. I feel privileged to work with you all and applaud your ongoing resilience in what I know are difficult and challenging times within our profession and within healthcare in general.

There is power in our collective commitment and rocketing numbers, and it is down to us to utilise this, to best serve our patients and colleagues throughout the world. We, the perioperative Nurses of today, together with our individual organisations are crucial elements on the quest to implement and influence the development of policy and procedure that is patient centred.

My friends, let us please continue to believe in ourselves and have value on the outstanding and unique contributions that is the essence of perioperative nursing; and to which we all daily contribute in our own unique and special way.

Happy Christmas and the very best for 2019.

With Kindest Regards,
Mona Guckian Fisher,
Registered Nurse RGN, LLM, BSc (HONS), OHND, Dip.HSWW, CMIOSH, Dip.Periop Nursing, Dip.Couns.
IFPN President (2018-2021)