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Leading Nurse Educators from 17 Countries Met in Toronto for the Inaugural Conference of the Global Alliance for Nursing Education and Scholarship

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Leading Nurse Educators from 17 Countries Met in Toronto for the Inaugural Conference of the Global Alliance for Nursing Education and Scholarship

WASHINGTON, DC, October 16, 2008 – More than 160 nurse educators and healthcare leaders from around the world converged in Toronto, Canada on October 1-3, 2008 for the inaugural conference of the Global Alliance for Nursing Education and Scholarship (GANES). With attendees representing 17 countries worldwide, this groundbreaking event provided a forum for nursing colleagues to share their insights and perspectives on meeting the global challenge of increasing capacity and ensuring sustainability in the nursing workforce.

“Nurse educators worldwide are being challenged to address the nursing shortage which is impacting access to health care in all parts of the globe,” said Dr. Fay Raines, PhD, RN, President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). “The GANES conference was an important step toward fostering synergy among nurse educators who came together to share the latest research and success stories, identify challenges facing nursing professionals, and advance collaborative solutions that will help academic leaders prepare well-educated clinicians.”

Dr. John Daly, RN, PhD, FRCNA, Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand) and the newly appointed Chair of GANES, said: “this was a landmark conference for global leaders in nursing and health education. There was clear endorsement of the need for our organization and its mission, and recognition of the urgent need for us to work globally with governments and key non-governmental organizations to assist in scaling up the global health workforce. We are excited about implementing and extending our agenda and influence to improve health care for all. Investment in quality nursing and health education will be crucial to this aspiration.”

Hosted by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the agenda for the 2008 GANES conference reflected the theme Educating the Future Nursing and Healthcare Workforce: A Global Challenge. Keynote speakers included Emeritus Professor John Dwyer, AO, MD, FRACP, the esteemed founder of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance who is leading efforts to create structural reform within the Australian healthcare delivery system, and Naomi Seboni, PhD, RN, Head of the University of Botswana School of Nursing who has worked as the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development to create a strategic plan for nursing and midwifery development in Africa.

In addition to the plenary sessions, more than 80 concurrent sessions gave attendees the chance to explore a variety of themes, including educating students for evolving nursing and health professional roles; the changing skill mix in health care; innovative learning approaches; developing faculty capacity; leadership development; education for interprofessional health care; and preparing for ethical and cross cultural collaboration. Conference presentations will be posted on the GANES Web site within the next few weeks at

Formed in December 2005, GANES was established by four of the world’s leading nursing education organizations to improve patient care and ensure a robust global supply of highly educated nurses. Members share a commitment to enhancing the educational preparation of registered nurses, expanding opportunities for nursing education, and addressing student enrollment concerns, including the growing shortage of nurse faculty. GANES members include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, the Council of Deans of Health (United Kingdom), and the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand).

GANES is currently planning next steps and identifying opportunities for future meetings. The founding members are working with representatives of nursing organizations from several nations who are in the process of joining the alliance. Plans are already underway to host the second GANES conference in Australia in 2010.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 630 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) is the national voice for nursing education and nursing research and represents nursing programs in Canada. The objectives of CASN are to lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians. CASN speaks for Canadian nursing education and scholarship; establishes and promotes national standards of excellence for nursing education; promotes the advancement of nursing knowledge; facilitates the integration of theory, research and practice; contributes to public policy; and provides a national forum for issues in nursing education and research.

The Council of Deans of Health (United Kingdom) (CODsUK) has 85 member universities throughout the United Kingdom. It is the principal source in higher education of collective views on all matters relating to education and research for Nurses & Health Professions. It aims to respond dynamically to the changes in the professions, and wider developments in health services and higher education. The Council works to maintain and enhance the quality of Nursing and Health Professions education, and acts as a forum for the exchange of information and good practice. It seeks to promote and represent nursing, midwifery and health visiting education and research through collaboration with government departments, professional and statutory bodies, higher education funding councils, Universities UK, research councils, and other organisations.

The Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia & New Zealand) (CDNM(ANZ)), formerly known as the Australian Council of Deans of Nursing (ACDN), is the peak organisation that represents the Deans and Heads of the Schools of Nursing in universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nursing and midwifery throughout Australia and New Zealand. Its aims are to ensure the maintenance of quality standards of university education for nurses and midwives, to be the voice of tertiary education for nurses and midwives, to lead and represent those who provide tertiary education to nurses and midwives and to promote the public image of nursing and midwifery.


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