Taiwan and Myanmar join efforts to launch ICN Leadership for Change Programme™
Geneva, Switzerland, Taipei, Taiwan, 22 April 2015—Twenty senior nurse leaders in Taiwan and five from Myanmar have been selected to attend the ICN Leadership for Change Programme™ (ICN LFC). This ICN LFC Programme is a collaborative partnership between the Taiwan Nurses Association (TWNA) and the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNWA) with the International Council of Nurses (ICN). The opening ceremony to launch this historic partnership was held on 6 April 2015 at the Headquarters of the TWNA in Taipei, Taiwan.
“The collaboration of TWNA and MNWA working together to strengthen the leadership capacity of nurses in their nations while improving the health services of their populations is to be commended,” noted Dr. Judith Shamian, ICN President. “We look forward to celebrating the outcomes of their work and we hope that this partnership will serve as a model for other national nurses associations to consider implementing. This unique partnership shows how nurses across the world can partner together to lead sustainable change and in the context of global health initiatives.”
The first workshop of the ICN LFC Programme was held 6-10 April 2015. The second workshop is set to take place in Taipei 2-6 November 2015. The one year ICN LFC Programme will finish by April 2016 and all participants will then participate in the ICN LFC Training of Trainers (TOT) programme where they will learn how to teach the programme and further implement new ICN LFC programmes taught by the participants in their respective nations.
“Nurses at all levels need to be strategic in their thinking and actions and be skilled communicators and negotiators,” said David Benton, ICN CEO. “ICN’s leadership programmes equip nurses with knowledge, strategies and strength so they can lead and manage nursing and health services in often complex and chaotic environments.”
Keynote speakers at the ceremony included the President of the TWNA, Kwua-Yun Wang; Sue-Weng Teng, Director General, Department of Nursing and Health Care at the Ministry of Health and Welfare; Herbert W. M. Hsu, Deputy Counselor, Department of NGO International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Sheuan Lee, Board Member, ICN, and Stephanie Ferguson, Director, ICN LFC Programme.
“This is an historic moment in nursing development in Taiwan, said Dr. Sheuan Lee, ICN Board member. “ICN and TWNA are working together to train nursing leaders for the future with the financial support of Taiwan government. Trained Nursing Leaders are expected to present their power to inspire and motivate nurses to reach their fullest potential and value.”
The President of the TWNA, Kwua-Yun Wang, who is also the ICN National Coordinator for the joint LFC Programme, further stated, “It is a pleasure to provide this ICN LFC Programme through TWNA in Taipei. We are delighted to join efforts with ICN and Myanmar to move forward the leadership capacity of nurses in our nations towards improved health care services and ultimately better population health. Special thank-you goes to the ICN for its guidance, and to our government, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their financial support.”
During this first workshop participants selected the following team projects to complete in Taiwan: Strategies to prepare future nurse and midwifery leaders, improvement in the health of nurses so that they can be more able to provide better health care to the people, the establishment of an Evidence-based Practice Center in the TWNA, strategies for policy development and engagement to improve the welfare of the nurse and strengthen women’s health services. Similarly, Myanmar plans to develop a plan of action to develop future nurses and midwives in the country while also developing mechanisms to improve patient satisfaction related to nursing care.
Khin Mar Kyi, Deputy Director, Nursing Division, Ministry of Health, Myanmar said, “We, five of us, have a great pleasure to participate in this valuable ICN LFC Program in Taiwan. We gain knowledge and experience regarding nursing leadership. We will contribute gained knowledge and experiences to our nurses and midwives for promoting quality nursing care services in our country. On behalf of our group, our thanks go to all responsible persons of International Council of Nurses, Taiwan Nurses Association, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan and Ministry of Health, Myanmar and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association.”
Both countries are working to strengthening nursing and midwifery services. There is a shortage of future nurse and midwifery leaders in both nations. Both Taiwan and Myanmar understand the impact of creating and sustaining healthy populations. Without nurses and midwives, neither country will be able to provide quality health care for the people.
ICN has been a pioneer in leadership, management and negotiation skill development for nurses for more than 20 years through its highly successful leadership programmes: Leadership for Change™, Leadership in Negotiation and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI). The ICN LFC Programme is directed by Dr. Stephanie Ferguson, who is also the Director and Facilitator leading the GNLI.
Further information about the ICN LFC Programme is available at leadership.icn.ch.
Note for Editors
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.
The Taiwan Nurses Association (TWNA) was founded in 1914 with more than 68,000 members. It aims to promote professional nursing services, improve nursing-related academic research, upgrade standards of nursing education, and enhance the health of all citizens and the association’s international status.
The Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA) is an independent, non-governmental association founded in 1948. It aims to bring up the best nurses who take compassion and empathy into their services and lives and the way they deal with people; helping people carefully and honestly in all their commitments regardless of any discrimination.
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