Inaugural Conference and Meeting

You may have heard... GASNN hosted it's first Annual General Meeting and conference in Barcelona, Spain on May 26, 2017.

We welcomed attendees from 11 countries for a day of learning, networking, visioning, and decision-making. Our speakers included nurses working in education, union organizations, policy leadership, and research. We also welcomed presentations from our own attendees.

One of the most important parts of this event was hosting of our AGM. We welcomed our first members: Canada, Ireland, Lebanon, and Egypt who sent voting delegates to our event. At this meeting, GASNN officially welcomed its first Board of Directors elections soliciting for 5 positions: President, Vice-President, Director of Membership, Treasurer and Secretary.

On July 1st, 2017 the below individuals assumed their roles as the inaugural Board of Directors for the Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses (GASNN).

From left to right: Paige Bewley, Secretary; Liam Conway, Vice-President; Paisly Symenuk, President; Ahmed Gamal Sallam, Membership Director; Alyssa Riddle, Treasurer.

One of our sessions included attendees participating in a visioning exercise for what they see GASNN being short-term, and long-term. What came from this was a mix of practical ideas to engage with GASNN, but also big-picture ideas that promote the voices of student and novice nurses and further advance the nursing voice in global health. The inaugural GASNN Board is taking these ideas very seriously and are making plans on how to these ideas.

See below a word cloud of what came from this session.

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We have many thank-yous for this event coming together. Firstly, we want to thank those that support this event through sponsorship including the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CNFU), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO), the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA), and the British Columbia Insitute of Technology (BCIT). Without their support, this day would not have been possible. 

Secondly, we have to thank those that played a part in planning and organizing this event. It is not easy to plan the first event for an organization that is not well-known, taking place in a country that you do not reside in, and working with a team across the world. Paige, Kome, Deb, Jessy, Jessie, Paisly, and Sarah. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed, and this event was the beginning of something vital, inspiring, and vitally important for nursing and global health.

Thirdly, we must thank those who attended this event. Attending the first GASNN event shows your belief in the importance of promoting the student and novice nurse voice globally. This is the first step of many where we will bring student and novice nurse peers together from around the world with a shared vision for a healthier world. You are not only promoting your own voice, you are advocating for those who enter the profession in years to come, you are advocating for the clients and families you work with every day, and most of all, you are supporting the notion that in order for our global community to achieve "health for all", nurses need to be involved at every level of global health policy and decision-making. We hope that you realize how important your presence was at this event, how much we look forward to continuing to work with you, and that this is just the start.

Your pursuance to lead not only in nursing but to collaborate across professions and disciplines is precisely what global health needs to tackle some of the most complicated health and social problems we face today. 

You are the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.

And GASNN will support you every step of the way.


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Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses
July 2017