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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
” I choose to be a Nurse Midwife because it’s one profession that can continue to spark my innovative mind to deal with many aspects of patient care especially among women and children”
Chinomso Ibe is a Nurse/Midwife founder of Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) in Nigeria and a Fellow of Maternal health Program with the Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard School of public Health and Institute of International Education USA. She reports on recent activities :
Since 2014, Connecting Nurses, Sanofi and the Millennia2025 Foundation WeObservatory have recorgnised Traffina Foundation for Community Health (TFCH) efforts on Maternal and Child Health, and we have continued to make great impacts in our rural communities supporting our pregnant women and babies survive during childbirth with the production and distribution of our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits. We keep improving every day on our package and can’t wait to hit a Million distribution !
In 2019, we have started a Facebook live « Mama & Pikin Matter” a live series on Maternal and Child Health to engage our online communities and build there knowledge on how to reduce preventable pregnancy and child birth complications and death. Different topics on Maternal health are discussed every Sunday, having our audience ask questions and share real life childbirth scenarios. We were able to educate more than 20,000 community members. Dr Uche Anyanwagu and I anchored this program. We took a break and will continue with it soon.
We have also continued our rural community Safe Motherhood program’s and Ante-natal care programs teaching pregnant women and families in different local languages on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, Childbirth and beyond.
Our work has gone viral inspiring so many other young people who have become and extension of our work in there rural communities. We have more volunteers across Nigerian rural communities who are truly a blessing to us , with full dedication to help reduce the Maternal mortality and morbidity rate in our country. We are really building Maternal health young champions, which is a continuation of the impact the Maternal health Task Force fellowship made in me.
Right now in the Covid 19 pandemic, we are providing palliative support to pregnant women and breastfeeding mother’s across 5 states in Nigeria. Knowing the impact of lockdown on pregnant women, breastfeeding mother’s and there babies, we have so far distributed food to 200 women and there families, through our donors who remained anonymous.
We have new patners too Henderson Hill’s Baptist Church Edmond US who are supporting our Mom and Newborn Delivery Kits, we will share pictures when we complete there project. Also we have individuals who are supporting the distribution of the kits to there communties and we are thankful for that.
As the pandemic affected the rural communities much , more women are giving birth at home more , but with our intervention we are providing as many birth supplies as possible to our women and also at the health centers.
I am also working as a Frontline at this point and using this opportunity to say a big thank you to my amazing team for all there hard work.
We are looking forward to more support to provide more Birth kits to our women as both the fear of being infected by the virus and no availability of Birth supplies have left them to give birth at home more.
We are not giving up, we will continue to save lives !
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!
The Influenza Diabetes Community is offering exclusive Healthcare Professional education to the Global Nursing Community. To help nurses better protect patients with diabetes from influenza and its related complications 6 new micro videos were created on how to talk to patients:
1. Understanding the Yearly Influenza Vaccine
By Professor Ab Osterhaus – European Scientific Working Group on Infuenza (ESWI) Chair
2. Your Role as a Healthcare Professional
By Phyllis Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN Founder and Chairman, NPHF – Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation
3. Influenza Vaccination for Patients with Diabetes
By Dr Xavier Cos, Xavier Cos, MD, Chairman, PCDE – Primary Care Diabetes Europe
4. A Conversation with Your Patient
By Felicity Kelliher, RN, Clinical Consultant
5. Protecting Ourselves as Health Care Workers –
By Anne Felton, MD, President of FEND (Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes)
6. I am vaccinated
By all speakers.
These videos are available on the Community’swebsite that you can access after you create an account using just your email address.
Le project infirmier TAVIE-Femme est lauréat du Prix Égalité Thérèse Casgrain 2016 dans la catégorie « Santé », ce qu’on a déjà brièvement mentionné dans la news précédente (en Anglais) et sur notre site web. Voici, par ailleurs, un extrait du texte de soumission du projet qui illustre bien son objectif :
“La profession infirmière tire ses origines dans le prendre soin et l’accompagnement aux malades, aux démunis et aux personnes stigmatisées. Encore aujourd’hui sa raison d’être demeure la santé et le mieux-être des personnes et de leur famille. Ainsi, les infirmières et les infirmiers s’activent au quotidien à offrir des soins et des services de qualité aux communautés et dans les établissements de santé. Dans une ère d’avancées technologiques permettant d’offrir un soin en temps réel, la Chaire de recherche sur les nouvelles pratiques de soins infirmiers de l’Université de Montréal a développé un concept d’interventions infirmières virtuelles et une plateforme informatique appelés TAVIETM pour Traitement, Assistance Virtuelle Infirmière et Enseignement. Un soutien personnalisé est proposé aux personnes vivant avec une maladie chronique dans la prise en charge de leur condition de santé en ciblant leur capacité d’agir. Concrètement, ces interventions Web sont constituées de séances interactives à l’ordinateur ou sur tablette numérique et animées par une infirmière virtuelle qui engage la personne dans un processus d’apprentissage d’habiletés d’autogestion. Les interventions Web permettent de soutenir les personnes vivant avec une maladie chronique en leur offrant en tout temps un accès à de l’éducation personnalisée et à de l’information fiable et de qualité. Trop souvent, les informations sur la maladie et sur son traitement ne sont pas bien comprises par les patientes et les patients, fragilisant ainsi la prise en charge de la maladie et sa gestion. De plus, l’accès à l’information permet aux proches de mieux comprendre les aléas de la maladie et de démystifier les craintes entourant la maladie elle-même et ses conséquences et/ou ses risques.
VIH-TAVIE est une intervention infirmière virtuelle qui vise à soutenir les personnes vivant avec le VIH dans la prise des traitements antirétroviraux. Sachant que les femmes vivant avec le VIH doivent composer avec des défis spécifiques à leur genre et à leur condition de santé, notamment la planification et le suivi de grossesse, la Chaire de recherche sur les nouvelles pratiques de soins infirmiers de l’Université de Montréal a développé un TAVIE-Femme pour répondre à leurs besoins. L’objectif est de cibler la réalité unique de ces femmes pour optimiser leur santé mais aussi pour prévenir les risques de transmission du VIH au bébé”.
The country faces a chronic deficit of more than 8.000 medical doctors with 1.200 doctors leaving annually to work in foreign countries, EU, Chile, Brazil. TeleHealth is seen as a promising service to reach the patients in rural areas.
The presentation and exhibition stand attracted lots of visitors.
ePrevencion is a selected project of the WeObservatory and Lady Murrugarra is the coordinator of the Telehealth Research Group at the University Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima.
Nurses, any ideas on how to help out your patients ? Share on Care Challenge !
The Connecting Nurses Care Challenge lets nurses from around the world share ideas that improve the patient experience, empowering patients to take control of their treatment.
Have you or your team got an idea or initiative that helps to empower patients? It could be implementing peer to peer support in your local area or getting care givers and family members involved in patient education. If you’re empowering your patients to take control we want to hear about it.