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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.

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.

We are not giving up

” 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 !

More here : https://traffinafoundationfch.org/blog/

http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/save-our-mothers.html

Nursing is having the motivation to want to learn to help, to study, to research. It is something emotional and rational at the same time

Lady Murrugarra is a Nurse Technician in Peru leading the ePrevencion program in San
Benito of Cajamarca to ensure that « Health for All » is a reality through the use of new
technologies.

By joining the WeObservatory in 2013 through Connecting Nurses, she conducted with her team a survey on the status of ICT access and health related use among healthcare workers from selected countries in Latin America and the Caribean region.
The results of the study are plublished in a scientific article at the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH), in the Women in eHealth special Theme 2015.
Lady participated to Medetel in Luxembourg in April 2014 and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.

We are proud to have her as vice-chair of the Global Network  of Women in Telemedicine
(WeTelemed) to make telemedicine accessible to all in Peru and around the world !
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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!

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New theme issue on Nurses and Midwives in Digital Health for the JISfTeH in 2020

To the chairs and members of the ISfTeH Working Groups
To the members of ISfTeH,

We have an opportunity to prepare a themed edition of the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (JISfTeH). The ISfTeH Working Group of Women  WoW) has prepared two of these special issues of the journal in 2015 and 2017, each including 4 to 7 papers, and their most recent one will be available shortly.

2015: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/issue/view/10 (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh_vol3.pdf)
2017: http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH (pdf: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/uploads/3/9/5/1/39512321/jsfteh2017.pdf)

The Journal is only available online and the editors are working diligently to establish its place among credible and referenced journals.
Our themed issue would be about telehealth nursing, of course. The editors are very determined to have papers that reflect “science” by which they mean well-done research with intent to produce substantive findings that will contribute to the evidence that drives health care delivery.
Next year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. We are proposing to you and to the journal editors that we put together 4 to 6 publishable research papers in a Special Telehealth Nursing Edition of JISfTeH that would be available early in 2020 (January or February). The papers would all reflect some aspect of telehealth/telenursing. To begin this process, we are asking all of you to consider submitting an abstract that represents the essence of your publishable research paper. If you are hesitant to reveal all of your research work and findings in JISfTeH, you could consider using a part of your work for this paper. The abstract and paper should be in the traditional research format: introduction/problem addressed; research purpose, research question(s)/hypotheses, sample, setting, data collection methods, data analysis methods, results/findings, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.
All articles submitted must be authored by nurses or midwives, as principal author.
The language will be English.

 

Abstracts are accepted until 15 September 2019 to claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

Submissions should be done before 30 November 2019
Submissions follow the JISfTeH guidelines:
http://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

Contact info[at]isfteh.org, or claudiabartz388[at]gmail.com or veronique.thouvenot[at]gmail.com

 

 

Women influencers in eHealth

Since 2014, the WeObservatory has had the opportunity to meet with women influencers in eHealth through their professional activities and positions. They share their views and expertise at international conferences and in scientific publications. They contribute to women’s empowerment in eHealth.  The list is updated every year. You are an influencer in eHealth, contact us!

Discover them here :

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Happy International Nurses Day!

Happy International Nurses Day! Our Nurses innovate for their patients around the world!

They are inventors, developers, researchers for Telemedicine in USA and Peru, a Virtual Nurse for women living with HIV in Canada, a Mobile Maternal Health in Nigeria, a video for children with diabetis in Spain, an eBook for Diabetis footcare in Kosovo, Telehealth network for Elderly and radio podcasters in the Philippines, and a mobile application for vaccination in Australia.

Visit their projects and others more here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/nurses.html.

And their success stories and awards here: http://www.m2025-weobservatory.org/success-stories.html.

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EU guidelines for the deployment of e-Health by nurses

In the context of increased need for IT skills and competences in digital healthcare systems guidelines focusing on eHealth are of vital importance. Recently – December 2015 – new guidelines were presented at the European Innovation Summit. The production of these guidelines was curated by ENS4Care.

The WeObservatory was interested to hear that the gender balance was also addressed by the board members : “EPHA Board member Peggy Maguire representing the European Institute of Women’s Health points out new technology is often not ’gender neutral’: solutions are ill-adapted to the needs of women who occupy multiple roles. e.g. workers, mothers and wives, family managers and carers for the elderly. Given these constraints, Maguire said it was important that eHealth solutions were user-friendly and tailored to women’s specific roles and responsibilities, also in the workplace”.

More details and specific guidelines are available on the ENS4Care website and a short overview here.