ICN Regional Conference Abu Dhabi

25 September - 27 September 2018
30th Street Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Abu Dhabi
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The International Council of Nurses held its inaugural regional conference in Abu Dhabi, co-hosted by the Emirates Nursing Association (ENA), in collaboration with the SEHA International Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health conference, 25-27 September 2018.

This regional gathering of nurses focused on “Ensuring access to healthcare through leadership, innovation and collaborative practice”, a global topic of interest that calls for a strong answer in the GCC and Middle-East region. The Regional Conference provided opportunities for dynamic exchange of experiences and expertise among nurses, and to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries. Featured plenary and main session speakers will bring inspiration and the latest information on ICN’s strategic direction, the Nursing Now campaign, regional challenges of non-communicable diseases and patient safety; innovative models of patient care; transition from acute to community care; global updates on infection control and prevention; mental health challenges in the region; migration and workforce development; evidence-based nursing practice; and artificial intelligence and healthcare informatics.



Plenary session programme

Concurrent session programme

Full programme



Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Muna Al-Hussein

Guest of Honor

Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, WHO President of Jordanian Nursing Council

Mrs. Annette Kennedy

ICN President

ICN Strategic Directions: Regional Focus

Lord Nigel Crisp

Co-chair of Nursing Now

Nursing Now: Nurses are at the Heart of the Health Team

Dr. Naeema Al Gasseer

WHO Representative in Sudan

Universal Health Coverage in all Context: Humanitarian to Development

Professor Didier Pittet

Hospital Epidemiologist & Director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Dimension of Hand Hygiene Activities for Patient Safety

Dr. Arwa Oweis

Regional Adviser for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Personnel, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)

Regional Updates on Infection Control and Prevention

Mr. Howard Catton

Director, Nursing and Health Policy, ICN

ICN Health Policy - Global Perspectives

Dr. Andrea Baumann

Associate Vice-President of Global Health, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Primary Care and Health Human Resources and Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Evidence-based Nursing, Transition from Theory to Practice

Mr.John Gilbert

Professor Emeritus, C.M., Ph.D., LLD., FCAHS

Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Practice

Professor Gavin Leslie

RN IC Cert PhD BappSc Post Grad Dip (Clin Nurs) FCNA FACCCN

Artificial Intelligence and Health Care Informatics

Professor Leanne Aitken

Professor of Critical Care at City, University of London

Strategies to Improve Recognition and Response of Deteriorating Patients

Mrs. Kathleen Vollman

Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator and Consultant

Innovative Models of Patient Care: The Future is Now: Designing Your Practice to Impact Patient Outcomes



30th Street
Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Abu Dhabi
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