Maura Malone, MSN, RN highlighted the ISTH Nurses Forum held here at the Congress yesterday. The key areas of focus of the Nurses Forum this year are improving outcomes for patients and families, providing opportunities where nurses can contribute to research, providing education for diverse patient populations (including adolescents), and learning about transitioning care in the clinics (e.g. from traditional warfarin to the use of DOACs). She reiterated how nurses are essential in the circle-of-care for the treatment of patients with thrombosis and hemostasis. Under Maura Malone’s guidance, the ISTH Nurses Committee has been able to provide a unique platform where nurses from around the world come together to advance and share their practical knowledge to advance the field and optimize care.
The ISTH Nurses are part of the Global Hemostasis Nurses Alliance (GHNA), an exciting initiative launched by the ISTH and the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) in 2016, in partnership and with support from Bayer. The goal of this initiative is to better understand and address the global and unique needs of hemostasis nurses within their communities and within their various roles and responsibilities.
Within the GHNA, ISTH is now conducting a separate and dedicated educational needs assessment for the global nursing community. This is a unique opportunity for nurses to share their opinions on the professional issues and challenges they experience in their practice. Results from this study will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and could potentially lead to the improvement of future educational programs, guidelines, research, and other areas where the ISTH is actively involved.