One year on

One year since the first national lockdown was announced across the UK, most of us will be spending time reflecting on what life has been like over the last year. Today will be emotional for many people and their families for a variety of reasons. Separation and loss of loved ones, being unable to see … Read more One year on

Planetary Health Tweet Chat for Earth Day 2021

Join the IFNA – UK and Ireland Chapter for our next tweet chat, on the topic of planetary health on Thursday April 22nd, 2021, from 19:30 – 20:30 BST (14:30 – 15:30 EDT). As part of our celebrations for Earth Day 2021, we are keen to emphasise the global message of Restore our Earth™, while … Read more Planetary Health Tweet Chat for Earth Day 2021

Pregnant women and their families should not be left behind in the fight against COVID-19

Professor Hora Soltani MBE, PhD, MMedSci, BSc, RM I am not an expert in communicable diseases, particularly with this strange virus which caught all of us offhand. However, out of professional and personal curiosity, I have been looking at the literature surrounding COVID-19 and pregnancy adverse outcomes and explored some recent evidence on the short … Read more Pregnant women and their families should not be left behind in the fight against COVID-19

A COVID-19 message from the IFNA President and President-elect

IFNA President, Professor Sonja J. Meiers PhD RN PHN and IFNA President-elect, Professor Veronica Swallow PhD MMedSci BSc (Hons) RGN RSCN

Dear IFNA colleagues around the world, these COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) times are unprecedented and uncertain for nurses and midwives (hereafter referred to as nurses) caring for families in uncharted territory. The 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife initiative has taken on new meaning as nurses are on the frontlines ensuring access to safe and quality care. We receive messages each day from IFNA members telling stories of unfailing compassion with patients suffering from COVID-19 and its complications. In the context of COVID-19, nurses in hospitals are seeing the suffering that patients and clients (hereafter referred to as patients) experience without their families present due to restricted visiting. In addition, nurses in the community and other care facilities are seeing family members being separated because of local Quarantine and Self-isolation regulations that are designed to reduce the risk of cross-infection.

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