Future Proofing the Role of Operating Department Nurses

Health workers in operating room

On April 28, Elizabeth Adams of the International Council of Nurses will lead a priority session at the Sixth EORNA Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. In this session, Future Proofing the Role of Operating Department Nurses, Adams will focus on the recent armed conflicts and the central role that operating department nurses have in very difficult circumstances. Her presentation makes note of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition, of which the International Council of Nurses is a founding member, and encourages attendees to be active in advance of the 65th World Health Assembly, May 21-26.

At the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s 194 member states will consider a provisional agenda item on “WHO’s response, and role as the health cluster lead, in meeting the growing demands of health in humanitarian emergencies.” This stems from a resolution the WHO’s Executive Board passed on January 21 calling on the Director General “to provide leadership at the global level in developing methods for systematic collection and dissemination of data on attacks on health facilities, health workers, health transports, and patients in complex humanitarian emergencies […].”

EORNA is the European Operating Room Nurses Association. Adams’ session takes place at 2:00 p.m. in Auditorium 1 on April 28.