On 3 June 2013, ICN Board Member, Dr. Jürgen Osterbrink, was awarded the Grand Order of the Republic of Austria, presented by Austrian Federal Minister of Health, Alois Stoeger, on behalf of Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria, during the gala evening of the 20th national conference of the Austrian Health and Nursing Association (ÖGKV).
In the award ceremony, the Federal Minister of Health congratulated Dr Osterbrink on the quality of nursing research and teaching which has improved the care of the Austrian people.
In his speech, the Deputy President of the ÖGKV, Karl Schwaiger, highlighted Dr. Osterbrink’s many years of teaching and research and, in particular, his work on the project, Optimized pain management in nursing homes, and an individualised weight-based training programme for the very elderly. He stressed the importance of Dr Osterbrink’s contribution to the establishment and accreditation of five pain management courses at the University Hospital Graz which will benefit 200 nurses working with undergraduate and master's degrees in hospitals, ambulatory care and in nursing homes, improving inter-professional care as well as the quality of nursing services.
Dr Osterbrink was elected to the ICN Board of Directors for the period 2013-2017 at the International Council of Nurses 25th Quadrennial Congress and Council of National Representatives in Melbourne, Australia, 18-23 May 2013.
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