Autori: Ged Williams

Ustanova zaposlenja: WFCCN

Ključne riječi: critical care, nursing, international, practice, innovation

Kongres/Simpozij: ”5. Međunarodni kongres HDMSARIST-a” i ”8. Međunarodni kongres WFCCN-a”

Mjesto i vrijeme održavanja: Šibenik, 12.-15. travnja 2012. godine

In 1999 a study was undertaken to identify as many critical care nurse organisations around the world as possible (1). Representatives from these countries were contacted to participate in a survey to describe the characteristics and issues faced by their critical care nurses. 24 countries participated in the survey. Common issues for critical care nurses included staffing levels, working conditions, educational program standards and wages. The survey results were used to identify whether there was interest in the formation of an international society of critical care nursing organisations. Critical Care Nursing associations were generally favourable towards the establishment of a worldwide network of critical care nursing organisations and in October 2001 the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses was formed.
The WFCCN has around 35 member countries primarily in Europe, Asia and South America with a growing interest now emerging in Africa.

In 2005, a second survey involving 51 responding countries world-wide was conducted (2). The most common issues identified by critical care nurses were staffing levels and teamwork. Other important issues included wages, working conditions and access to quality educational programs. The respondents perceived national conferences, professional representation, standards for educational courses, provision of a website, and educational workshops and forums as the five most important activities that should be provided for critical care nurses by national CCNOs. National, regional and a world federation of critical care nurses appears to be an effective structure to help strengthen the professional development of critical care nurses globally.

Finally in 2009, a third survey was conducted engaging respondents from 64 countries worldwide. New themes are emerging. Multi-disciplinary teamwork is the most important issue to respondents and there has been considerable interest in the issue of relationships with other nursing groups. The development of clinical and professional standards of practice remain the 2 most important expectations of WFCCN from member organisations and respondents to the survey.

WFCCN remains an influential and important international nursing organisation for critical care nurses and has many aspirational goals to fulfil on behalf of its members, further studies will continue to inform WFCCN of what is needed to better support and guide critical care nursing organisations and nurses throughout the world.