As the first day of the 70th World Health Assembly comes to a close, it is impossible for us to focus anywhere but the one reason we are even in attendance; and that is because of our colleagues from the International Pharmaceutical Students Federations (IPSF).
It was only a weeks ago that we first connected with our pharmacy peers in the hopes of beginning a relationship between our organizations. What we got in response, was much more than we ever had dreamed of as a budding organization. Within days of emailing this organization, we had a Skype call with their president and were able to discuss the challenges and successes of our organizations, shared visions, and advice on developments that IPSF
In these brief interactions, we were learning from one another, across disciplines- together.
In global health, it is obvious we need everyone engaged: those in health care delivery, research, development, the private sector, public sector, civil societies, non-state actors, funders, and also including sectors outside of health. The Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan stated in her final address to the delegates that it is no longer about competing with organizations but collaborating because one organization cannot solve all the issues that plague our communities.
When we reflect on the IPSF inviting us to be a part of their delegation to the World Health Assembly- beautiful values of interprofessionalism are illuminated. These student and novice pharmacists are demonstrating their value in having student and novice nursing voices at the table.
With their spot at the table, they are making room and giving up some of their space to a group that has never been to the table at all before. This is what true leadership and mentorship looks like
Nurses and pharmacists aren't often the two health care professionals that are seen linked together- but going forward, we hope that this will change.
So student and novice nurses, join me in thanking the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) for giving us a voice, space, and a mentor organization to strive to be like.
We look forward to future collaboration with the members of the IPSF.
With many thanks always,
Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses (GASNN)