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Telehealth in Nursing in the context of WHO Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

After the three Special issues « Women in eHealth » published at the JISfTeH since 2015 with the ISfTeH Working Group on Women (WoW) this new Special issue « Telehealth in Nursing » 2020 prepared by ISfTeH Working Group on Telenursing and WoW provides one Guest Editorial « Nurses and Midwives in eHealth » by Claudia C Bartz, Pirkko Kouri and Veronique Thouvenot, and five articles authored by nurses or midwives as principal authors. They cover the areas of nursing research, the development of a web application in Brazil, attitudes toward information technology in Sri Lanka, predictions of the future of healthcare in Finland, and malnutrition among pregnant women, mothers and babies in the rural amazonian forest. At the end, nine nurses and midwives share their vision and ambitions in the Blog of the Women Observatory for eHealth.
Access to the journal of ISfTeH 2020 here

Nurse leadership and innovation is the future. I blend on-the-ground clinical nursing with policy and entrepreneurship work – and I’m passionate about empowering the next generation of nurse leaders.

Lisa Darsch has always been drawn to finding innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges. She combines hands-on clinical nursing practice with expertise in international policy, strategy, and healthcare finance.

Lisa is passionate about nurse leadership. Operating at the intersection of education, health and entrepreneurship, she guides global health organizations on strategy, policy, and data-driven quality initiatives. She aims to improve patient outcomes, workforce development and universal healthcare access, working with international health ministries, governments and companies across continents. As an expert in U.S. and international healthcare finance, Lisa also boosts health systems’ effectiveness by innovating and improving financial strategy. Lisa is also eager to empower the next generation of nurses with tech innovation and other education methods.

Some of her current projects include: NED advisor at the International Nurses’ Society on Addiction; Founder at the Global Nurse Consultant’s Alliance; Senior Clinical Advisor at Effy Healthcare Director of Employee Wellness, Healthcare Navigation & Global Experiential Learning Educator at Shenandoah University; and Campaign Advisor to Pam Cipriano, candidate for the International Council of Nurses presidency.  

Find out more about Lisa here.

The art of caring

Rafaele Cristine Barcelos dos Santos Luz Ribeiro
Enfermeira Especialista em Bancos de Leite Humano e Aleitamento Materno IFF/ Fiocruz

My name is Rafaele, I am a specialist nurse in Human Milk Banks at Instituto Fernandes Figueira / Fiocruz for 2 years.

Nursing is the art of caring for people we don’t know. Always an affinity for this art, and I found in it the opportunity to do good.

During college I was a mother twice, and I went through the suffering of the beginning of the puerperium, especially breastfeeding. I suffered alone because I believed that the pain at that time was normal. However, at the end of college, I visited a milk bank, and I know the magnificent work carried out at the institution, promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. And I discovered that this suffering can be avoided with the support of specialized professionals. I decided then that it was the job I wanted in my life, to support women, thus contributing to the increase in breastfeeding rates.

Brazil has the largest and most complex network of Human Milk Banks, and we currently have the Global Network of Milk Banks. Being part of this team of professionals so engaged in the cause makes me hope that the rates expected by the WHO (World Health Organization) will be reached soon, thus contributing to the reduction of child morbidity and mortality and a healthier puerperium more for women in the world do it.

Nurses worldwide can understand other nurses – their accomplishments, goals and challenges. I find this ability to ‘see’ nursing worldwide very gratifying.

Claudia Bartz is a nurse in the US, and she accepted to share what convinced her to be a nurse and why?
What convinced me? I remember telling my 3rd or 4th grade teacher that I was going to be either a teacher or a nurse but I have no idea where that came from.

Then, between my first and second years at university, I decided that my first year in ‘general studies’  was not very interesting. So  I decided to change universities and apply to enter the baccalaureate nursing program as I began my second year.

This was during the Vietnam – US war so the Army was recruiting nurses and paying them while they were in school. I had no money really so the Army Student Nurse Program was a fortunate path for me as I began my third year at university.

From then on, I never wavered in my choice of profession. I have learned so much and met so many people in different environments during the decades since I graduated and I value all of it.


Why be a nurse? First, a successful nurse approaches health and the provision of healthcare in a holistic way. We try to see the whole person/family/community and we try to look beyond the immediate state of things. Second, a successful nurse has a wide variety of opportunities to work toward making a difference.

One can administer a system, manage a care delivery entity, be a researcher, be an educator, be an entrepreneur and so on. I only hope that I can contribute to continuing progress for nursing, health and the provision of healthcare. Claudia is the head of WeMentors at the Women Observatory for eHealth and provides tips for mentoring in eHealth.

Read here her interview conducted at Medetel in 2016.

Nurse education has been an excellent basic education, which gave many possibilities in my career. Maybe a saying ‘once a nurse always a nurse’ belongs to my life, telenursing is keen part of my life, and the world is open via networks.

Pirkko Kouri is Principal Lecturer at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio, Eastern Finland and holds a PhD in Nursing Science. As Vice President of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth, she accepted to be interviewed in 2016.

Read here her interview on the role of telemedicine and how important are the digital offers in terms of healthcare for nurses.

To become a midwife was truly a life changing event, as it is a concrete way in which you contribute to life, to a healthy future!

Franka Cadee is a midwife who developped the Twin2win, an innovative & sustainable method for empowering midwives, with a core value of reciprocity. The (t2t) project is designed to provide a support network that empowers and strengthens midwives, individually and organizationally. It is a program that builds the foundation necessary for strong and effective midwife organizations, and hence for accessible and quality midwifery care.

Recently she has defended her doctoral thesis on “Twinning, a promising dynamic process to strengthen the agency of midwives”

In 2019, she kindly accepted to contribute to the Special issue on Women in eHealth at the Journal of International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth with her Guest Editorial “Midwives and eHealth”. Read here her interview ” MIDWIFE FRANKA CADÉE ON HER PROJECT AND THE NEW APP” conducted at the Global Forum in 2016.

Nurses and Midwives authoring scientific articles.

Since 2015, nurses and midwives have published seven scientific guest editorials and articles at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH).
For the WHO 2020 Year of Nurses and Midwives, we are happy and proud to share them again !


2015
Antenatal Exercise Program Using Motion-based Games: A Pilot Study Among Expectant Mothers in Selected Rural Areas in the Philippines Jenica Rivero, Michael Dino (Nurses) and all https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/113  

Women as Beneficiaries of Telemedicine and eHealth Services in Peru: Access and Use of ICT for Health Among Female Healthcare Workers in the Area of ePrevention Lady Murrugarra (Nurse) and all
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/111  


Original Research (not in the Theme Women in eHealth 2015)
A Framework For Person-centred Telehealth Research
Claudia Bartz (Nurse) https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/103  


2017
From VIH-TAVIE™ to TAVIE-WOMAN™: Development of a Web-Based Virtual Nursing
Intervention to Meet the Specific Needs of Women Living With HIV.
José Coté (Nurse) and all
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/192 


2018- 2019
Guest Editorial
Midwives and eHealth
Cadee F, (Midwife) ,Ali S. Guest Editorial, J Int Soc Telemed eHealth 2019;7:e21 1
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/1178/1611


Securing the Evidence and Theory-based Design of an Online Intervention Designed to Support Midwives in Work-related Psychological Distress

Sally Catherine Pezaro (Midwife)
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/488 
 
Childbearing Women’s Perception About the Use of mHealth for Maternal Health
Information in Rural Communities, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Titilayo Dorothy Odetola,(Nurse)
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/issue/view/13 


Also this article authored by international scientists that describes six eHealth projects conducted by midwives in eight countries in 2014 – 2016:
Adopting digital technology in midwifery practice – Experiences and perspectives from six projects in eight countries (2014 – 2016)
Lilia Perez-Chavolla, Véronique Inès Thouvenot, Doina Schimpf, Amélie Moritz
https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/678
http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_article_2019.pdf  
All articles can be found in the three Special issues « Women in eHealth « here :
http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/journal-of-isfteh—wow.html

Nursing empowered me to help others deal with illness and improve their health

Rob Fraser is a registered nurse in Canada working in Toronto.He was interviewed in 2015 on  Nursing Today, How is the “digital” impacting the nursing profession? What are the values of online initiatives like Connecting Nurses? What does a career in nursing look like today? What is the future of nursing?
We are pleased to re-publish his interview within the WHO Year of Nurses and Midwives.

2020 Year of the Nurses and Midwives!

Nurses and Midwives are at the top of the scene in 2020, with the World Health Organization International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.
Since 2014, the Women Observatory for eHealth has selected innovative projects developed by Nurses and Midwives around the world. With new technologies, Nurses and Midwives connect to their patients with increased efficiency and quality of care.
Stay connected to the news of the Blog to know more details of their projects in the coming weeks!