Rosemary Bryant

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of national nurses’ associations representing nurses in more than 129 countries. Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

Royal College of Nursing, Australia, in collaboration with the Australian Nursing Federation, is the Australian member of ICN.

Every two years, representatives from each member country are invited to attend ICN’s general meeting, the Council of National Representatives (CNR).

In 2007 there were 89 of the 129 member countries in attendance at CNR. At this meeting, reports were presented by the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Membership and Financial Committees. Four forums were also conducted, which gave member countries the opportunity to discuss and share strategies on the issues of:

1. Delegation and Supervision;

2. Preparing for the unexpected;

3. Addressing the education – clinical practice gap; and

4. Changing roles and numbers (including dealing with new roles and fewer nurses).

This presentation will detail the issues discussed at CNR 2007 and, despite being over 100 years old, decisions made on the focus for ICN for the next two years to ensure its strength and wisdom.

Biography – Rosemary Bryant

Rosemary Bryant is Executive Director of Royal College of Nursing, Australia. She has had a broad career in acute hospital and community nursing, as well as in government relations. Executive positions she has held include assistant director of acute health in the Victorian Department of Health and Community Services, director of nursing at both Royal Adelaide Hospital and a community nursing organisation and the chief government nurse in Victoria. She also spent some time in private consulting including consulting to the World Health Organisation.

Rosemary has had a broad experience in policy development both in nursing and the broader health sector. Her academic interests revolve around the regulation of health professionals, specifically relating to competence and the incidence of adverse events. She is currently undertaking Doctorate studies on this topic.

Rosemary is a Commissioner, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and a member of the Pregnancy Helpline Expert Advisory Committee.

Rosemary was elected as the Second Vice President of the International Council of Nurses – the international body for nursing comprising of 129 member nations and representing 13 million nurses – in 2005

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