The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is delighted to announce that our colleague, Ms. Elizabeth Adams, Director of Professional Development and the new Richmond Education and Event Centre, has been elected President of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), at the 106th meeting of the General Assembly in Brussels today.
Elizabeth Adams is currently the INMO Director of Professional Development, and will be the Director of the new Richmond Education and Events Centre.
Ms. Adams has extensive international experience working in various senior positions across the world. This has included being an Adjunct Associate Professor, Curtin University, Western Australia and University College Dublin, while also being a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FFNMRCSI). Ms. Adams has also held the post of Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy, with the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this she served as Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Health Service Executive, while also holding senior nursing posts in the departments of health in Ireland and Western Australia. In the course of her work in Ireland, she led and implemented nurse and midwife prescribing, nationally, while also co-researching the first national study of the nursing and midwifery resource. While in Australia Ms. Adams managed significant health reform and was instrumental in establishing the Nurse Practitioner role in Western Australia. In addition, she has had significant clinical and management experience with the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Ireland.
The European Federation of Nursing (EFN)
The EFN was established in 1971 and is a strategic international organisation representing over 3 million nurses across the continent of Europe. Issues concerning health, patient care, mobility of health professionals, working environments, pay and conditions, education, technology and health funding are central to EFN. Since 2013, Ms. Adams has been a Vice-President and an elected member of the Executive Committee (Governing Body). Ms. Adams was elected President, by the General Assembly of EFN, comprising 36 European member organisations, earlier today at its meeting in Brussels.
Speaking after her election, Ms Adams said:
“Nursing is central to the delivery of healthcare to the 508 million people in the EU. It is a privilege to witness the extraordinary contribution made every day by nurses across the continent and to see how nurses make a real difference to the lives of those they meet. While nursing plays a key role already, health systems have not fully recognised the potential of nurses and the EFN has been and will be pivotal in ensuring that the voice of nursing is at the centre of every discussion around healthcare. I am honoured to have been chosen by representatives of nursing associations across Europe to lead their great organisation. I will make full use of this privilege to drive forward and strengthen EFNs influence at a political level in the EU so as to support nurses and midwives and thereby enhancing the health of the populations in all European Countries”.
INMO General Secretary Liam Doran, speaking this afternoon, said:
“The INMO is delighted that our colleague Elizabeth Adams has been elected to the critical post of president of EFN. Elizabeth has worldwide experience and will bring to this role confidence, experience and a breadth of knowledge, of all issues facing nursing, which is unparalleled. EFN will go from strength to strength, with Elizabeth as its leader, over the next two years. This is a very proud moment, for the INMO, and is tangible recognition of the commitment, of Elizabeth, to excellence in nursing practice which she has held throughout her distinguished career to date.”