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Support Orphaned Daughters of Nurses in Developing Countries

The International Council of Nurses and the Florence Nightingale International Foundation are raising funds through the sale of a Florence Nightingale Teddy Bear, launched in support of the ICN's Girl Child Education Fund (GCEF).  The fund provides for the schooling of the orphaned daughters of nurses in developing countries. You can add your support by purchasing a GCEF Bear or adding a link to the GCEF bear website on your Facebook page, website or blog. Shipment of the GCEF bear is available to all countries.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 135 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally. The ICN International Conference and CNR takes place June 19 - 23, 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.   Find out more!

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Travel Abroad with Medical Brigade

Global Brigade (Medical) works with licensed medical professionals and community health workers to provide comprehensive health services in rural communities with limited access to healthcare, with a current focus in Honduras, Ghana, and Panama.  Find out more!

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OJIN column: Creating A Culture of Ethical Watchfulness

OJIN, The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
, has recently posted an addition to its Ethics columns.  “Creating A Culture of Ethical Watchfulness,” by Jeanne Merkle Sorrell, considers the power that individual nurses have to keep patients safe.

While there has been much discussion on the need for higher levels of nurse education and training, interdisciplinary practice, and improved data collection, there has been less emphasis on the recommendation that nurses should practice to the fullest extent of their present education and training. Sorrell uses two specific patient hospitalizations to demonstrate and discuss these issues.
Read more about OJIN.

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San Diego State University's CNSA Cultural Awareness Newsletters
Every month, San Diego State University's CNSA's Committee on Cultural Awareness (CCA) comes together to research nursing considerations, cultural values, beliefs and perceptions for a particular culture. The purpose of these monthly issues are to increase your cultural awareness to help you interpret and evaluate various aspects from a different perspective. Please take a moment to read the following issues from the past academic year.

I hope the knowledge gained from these newsletters will help give you a deeper insight into the lives of your patients and their family. With that said, I leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

"Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.”
-Wayne Dyer

November 2011 | December/January | February | March | April

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Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Brief Overview

Due to its implications for nurses worldwide, the International Centre for Nurse Migration has prepared the following brief summary of key elements of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. The brief outlines implications for nurses as service providers and addresses migrant nurses’ increased risk of being subjected to violence. For full details of the Convention and its application, please refer to the Council of Europe website, the full Convention text and its accompanying Explanatory Notes.

To download the eBrief:

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Human Trafficking Resources 

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Imprint Articles  

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In Florence’s Footsteps: Notes from a Journey

Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Adviser for Nursing, is spending her summer vacation pursuing a dream to learn more about the life and work of the legendary Florence Nightingale. She’s traveling through Europe on a special tour developed in honor of the centennial of Nightingale’s death. In her dispatches from the road, posted one by one on the homepage of the American Journal of Nursing blog, Off the Charts, and then collected on this page, Hassmiller reports on her trip, what she learns, and what it means to nurses’ work today. Read more . . .

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Additional Links

Follow NSNA Board Member, Brittney Cummings, on her Global Medical Brigade to Ghana
Basic packing list for study abroad
Center for Disease Control Travel Health
Council on International Education Exchange
Nursing Students Educate Tanzanian Residents
AACN Toolkit for Cultural Competence
Works on transcultural nursing by Dr. Madeleine Leininger
Online cultural training resource for study abroad, from University of the Pacific, Stockton California
The Hospital at the End of the World by Joe Niemczura
How To Build Global Community from Syracuse Cultural Workers
Nurses—Making a Difference in Global Health

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