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The Development & Role of the International Skin care Nursing Group Steven Ersser Chair ISNG Advisory Board Global challenge of meeting skin care needs Skin health is important, but neglected worldwide

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the development role of the international skin care nursing group

The Development & Role of the International Skin care Nursing Group

Steven Ersser

Chair ISNG Advisory Board

global challenge of meeting skin care needs
Global challenge of meeting skin care needs
  • Skin health is important, but neglected worldwide
  • The burden of dermatological disease is high both in terms of chronic disease and infections & infestations
  • There is a need to focus on skin barrier vulnerability by, for example, preventing chronic wounds
  • Skin disease can be a public health issue eg skin cancer, lymphatic filariasis
  • Skin diseases are complex in nature with major psychological, quality of life & socio-economic as well as physical impacts
promoting skin health through nursing
Promoting Skin health through Nursing:
  • Care of the skin- is fundamental to nursing
  • Many countries have inadequate numbers of dermatologists
  • Nurses are ideally placed to make a significant impact in this field
  • Nursing service is complementary to that provided by dermatologists and is key to promoting access to skin care /dermatology services
nursing roles worldwide
Nursing roles worldwide
  • Resource rich countries: likely to be about expanding specialist roles at all levels of patient need
  • Resource poor countries: likely to be about promoting hygiene and skin integrity through health education at a non-specialist level
isng vision
ISNG Vision

Through optimal use of the nursing resource and in collaboration with other professionals and agencies, the world’s population will have access to adequate facilities and resources for the promotion of healthy skin for all

ISNG (2000)

aims of isng i
Aims of ISNG: I
  • Contribute towards major public health initiatives where skin management is central
  • Promote nursing education for nurses on skin health, develop curricula
  • Facilitate collaboration with nursing networks & other health professionals on skin health
  • Establish an Advisory Group of expert nurses who provide a resource on skin health
  • Collect information about the role of nurses in the provision of skin care worldwide
aims of isng ii
Aims of ISNG: II
  • To exercise the political function of the group through:
    • Raising awareness of:
      • skin disease as a public health concern of significant impact on individuals and populations
      • lack of support and resources for nursing which prevents realisation of the full potential to meet skin care related health needs
    • Promoting nursing involvement in international dermatology policy making
  • Supporting research and development on skin care nursing
isng history
ISNG History
  • 1998: working group established in Oxford, aims and objectives of the group determined
  • 1998/9: Data established
  • 1999: Launch at VIII International Congress of Dermatology, Cairo
  • 1999: European Skin Care Nursing Network- Amsterdam
  • 1999: Successful funding bid for -project worker
  • 2000: ISNG Office set up atUniversity of Southampton
  • 2002: Invited to plan the first nursing symposium at World Congress of Dermatology
  • 2003: Affiliated to the International Council of Nurses
membership and countries
265 members from over 30 countries

Cover most continents

Most are activists/ senior influential nurses

Nurses mainly but multi-professional

Membership and countries
isng advisory board
ISNG Advisory Board
  • Advise on the ISNG development supporting Chair
  • 9 members covering 5 continents
  • All leaders in dermatology nursing include a number ex Presidents/ Chairs of national dermatology nursing groups
  • Providing leadership in their regions
key achievements i 1999 2006
Key achievements I: 1999-2006
  • Raising the profile and awareness of dermatology nursing internationally
  • Educational projects:
    • Contributed towards the WHO Global Alliance for Morbidity Control of Lymphatic Filariasis health promotion on skin care (2000-2004)
    • Establishing the Principles of Skin Care Project (2006/7)
  • Instigated the development of ESCNN: European Skin Care Nursing Network
key achievements ii 1999 2006
Key achievements II: 1999-2006
  • Supported development of national groups and regional activity: eg: Europe (Switzerland, Italy), South Africa, India
  • Advice on international issues to BDNG Committee 2000-4
  • Led the first nursing symposia at the World Congress of Dermatology in 2002 (Paris)
  • Key conferences: eg: Tanzania, Malta, South Africa, India, France
  • Regular newsletters to members
  • Established website www.isng.org
key relationships with other groups
International Council of Nurses (official affiliate member)

International Foundation of Dermatology

International League of Dermatological Societies

National dermatology nursing groups: egs BDNG, ADNA (Australia), NDNA (Netherlands), Dermatology Nurses Association (USA)

Key relationships with other groups
international council of nurses vision shared with isng
International Council of Nurses: vision shared with ISNG

We are in the vanguard of health care progress, shaping health policy around the world through our expertise, the strength of our numbers, the alignment of our efforts and our collaboration with the public and other health care professionals

who will advise patients about matters dermatological in the new millennium
Who will advise patients about matters dermatological in the new millennium?

Dermatologists have been accused of thinking that they are the only people who know about skin diseases and that they are the only people sufficiently qualified to treat them. How true is this, and is it likely that dermatologists are going to be the major sources of advice on dermatological matters in the new millennium?

Prof.Robin Marks (2000) in Archives of Dermatology

University of Melbourne

President, International League of Dermatological Societies