International online conference

Thinking Nursing Globally
Nursing Shortage, Challenges and Solutions

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The Association of Nursing Directors of University Hospitals and Medical Universities in Germany and the Nursing Science and Practice Development Network organised an online conference on the evening of August 25th, 2022 to discuss the topic of the global nursing staff situation. The aim of the conference was to create a common exchange platform with nursing experts and managers from different countries in order to elicit best practices, lessons learned and inhibiting factors globally.

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The International Council of Nurses, of which the German Professional Association for Nursing Professions DBfK e.V. is a member, has outlined in its report "Sustain and Remain and Beyond 2022" that we are facing a major shortage of nurses worldwide. The title of the event “Thinking Nursing Globally” in this respect very well chosen. Nursing cannot be thought of in a limited way - because we jeopardize health in many countries and weaken global health when the shortage of nurses drives affected countries to recruit nurses from other countries in a big way. Other and overarching ways must be found to counter the shortage in professional nursing - especially in Germany. This conference can make an important contribution.

Dr. Bernadette Klapper, Federal Managing Director

Opening speech by Howard Catton (CEO, ICN)

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Lecture from Poland (Kasia Przylepa)
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Lecture from Tanzania (Sixtus R. Safari)
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Lecture from USA (Dr. Timothy Carrigan)
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Lecture from Germany (Helle Dokken)
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Lecture from England (Prof. James Buchan)
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Lecture from Philippines (Dr. Rodolfo Borromeo)

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Rodolfo C. Borromeo, EdD (Philippinen)

Rodolfo C. Borromeo is Vice President of Nursing at Manila Doctors Hospital and adjunct professor at various universities (University of Manila; Arellano University; St. Paul University; Concordia College). 

You can find the full CV here: CV_Borromeo

Prof. James Buchan

Prof Buchan is a Senior Fellow at the Health Foundation. He is also an Associate Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia.

You can find the full CV here: CV_Buchan

Dr. Timothy Carrigan

Dr Timothy Carrigan is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President for Patient Care at Loyola University Medical Center.

You can find the full CV here: CV_Carrigan

Helle Dokken

Helle Dokken is Director of Nursing at the University Medical Centre Göttingen.

You can find the full CV here: CV_Dokken

Kasia Przylepa

Kasia Przylepa works, among other things, as a lecturer in the foreign language department of the Medical University of Lublin, Poland.

You can find the full CV here: CV_Przylepa

Sixtus Ruyumbu Safari (Tanzania)

Sixtus R. Safari is the chairperson of the Tanzania Critical Care Nurses Association (TCCNA) and a board member of the African Federation of Critical Care Nurses.

You can find the full CV here: CV_Sixtus

Organisational committee:

Dr. phil. Manuela Bergjan

Nursing Science and Development, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Professor of Nursing Science at the Akkon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

Dr. Uli Fischer

Head of the Department of Clinical Nursing Research and Quality Management at LMU Klinikum München, deputy Spokesperson of the Network Nursing Science and Practice Development

Dr. Shiney Franz

Nursing scientist at the University Medical Center Göttingen and Administrative Professor of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences, HAWK, Göttingen

Andreas Kocks

Nursing scientist at Bonn University Hospital, spokesperson of the Nursing Science and Practice Development Network at VPU

Nina Kolbe

Nursing scientist at the University Hospital Münster, deputy Spokesperson of the Network Nursing Science and Practice Development

Dr. Peter Nydahl

Nursing science and development
University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

Jennifer Luboeinski

Coordinator to support the Nursing Science and Practice Development Network in the VPU e.V.