|Nurses Committee - Background|
In recognition of the importance of the important work of the global nursing community in the fields of thrombosis and hemostasis, the ISTH established the ISTH Nurses Forum as a formal ISTH Council Committee at the ISTH SSC 2016 Meeting in Montpellier.
The nursing program at ISTH meetings was initiated at the XXth ISTH Congress in Sydney, Australia in 2005, and resulted in the creation of the ISTH Nurses Forum. The goal of the Nurses Forum was and is to provide a unique platform for nurses internationally to share practice related knowledge pertaining to disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis in both pediatric and adult populations, with the aim of advancing the field and improving patient outcomes.
Since its inception, the former ISTH Nurses Forum and now ISTH Nurses Committee has planned and conducted six programs at ISTH congresses with increasing nursing representation in both attendance and abstract submissions noted with each ISTH meeting.
The Nurses Committee provides a unique opportunity for nurses from developed and developing countries to share information, evidence-based practices, research, and guidelines for hemostasis and thrombosis practices. Another important aspect of the Committee is peer mentoring and networking with nurses from diverse backgrounds with shared patient goals. This affords an opportunity to incorporate the nursing perspective and practical application to scientific advances in an effort to improve patient outcomes. Patient education, shared decision making, clinical preparedness, adherence and quality of life have been themes in discussions related to patients with disorders of hemostasis. In addition, the participation of nurses as presenters and contributors in the Nurses Committee promotes inclusion of nurses in the general ISTH Congress, which is often not possible without a specific nursing justification to the home supporting institution.
The new status as a formal Council Committee provides an opportunity for nurses to advance the promotion of both original research conducted by nurses and the application of evidence into practice within their profession. One of the future goals of the Committee will thus be to mentor and educate nurses world-wide to engage in such research activities as service evaluation, educational interventions, quality of life and consumer engagement research. In taking this approach, the nurses programming as part of the ISTH Congress, but also year-long, will be tailored to meet the identified needs of participants. The Committee will also provide a platform on which multi-site studies could be developed, leading to the formation, implementation and evaluation of strategies supporting the care of patients with thrombotic and hemostatic diseases. “Approaches to Research” will be one of the keynote sessions at the upcoming ISTH 2017 Congress in Berlin. Other activities include the development of nurse-specific webinars and other educational activities . In addition, the ISTH Nurses Committee, together with the World Federation of Hemophilia Nurses Committee and with the (initial) support of Bayer, is developing a strategic framework on how to elevate the entire global nurse community.