On May 22, 2017- student and novice nurses, for the first time, were invited to attend the biggest global health policy meeting- the World Health Assembly (WHA).
The WHA decision-making body of the WHO and is attended by all of the Member States, the WHO Executive Council, non-state actors, media, and observers. The World Health Assembly is hosted annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
So what's the big deal with GASNN being present at the WHA?
It is the biggest stage for the student and novice nurses voice to be heard.
The WHA offered GASNN limitless networking opportunities leading to what we hope are meaningful and substantial partnerships. We have connected with different departments at the World Health Organization that student and novice nurses need to be engaged in such as . We have connected with other student and novice health practitioner organizations. We have connected with NGOs to engage on shared priorities.
Most of all, as an organization who is quite new, being at the WHA allowed GASNN to begin to gain visibility for the student and novice nurse voice that has been absent in global health policy.