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  • Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal (2010) 13, 41

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    1574-6267/$doi:10.1016Considine, Senior Research Fellow, Deakin Uni-nd The Northern Hospitalr Andrew Cashin, Southern Cross University Holleran, Editor in Chief, Journal of Emergency

    E-mail addresses: k.curtis@usyd.edu.au,gkcurtis@bigpond.com.au

    12 November 2009

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    sers and speakers at 7th International conferencency Nursing held on the Gold Coast in Octobercceeded in demonstrating the emergency nursestfully and successfully balancing the art andAs the conference promotion stated Emergencybusier than ever. The push for evidence-basedd quality and safety in health care means emer-es are doing more with less. These and otherpriorities are challenging the provision of emer-ing care.ing with this theme we heard many innovative,n and motivating presentations of leadership,and research, particularly evaluating our numer-t roles. We also heard about implications forthese roles in the context of various prac-

    nments, which have the commonalities of beingin meeting targets, advancing technology, vio-ction, outbreaks and overcrowding.the excellent presentations highlighted how inroles and challenging environments we are doingprovide safe and effective care for increasingly

    atients with increasingly high expectations. Butfuture, where will we be in 25 years? The closing

    the conference was a highly stimulating series ofuccinct presentations in response to the following.. It is the year 2025what is the scope of practicenurse? What are our challenges, and how do were?e extremely privileged to hear the opinions of aup of distinguished speakers. It was an honoursure to be part of such stimulating discussion.members were (in order of appearance):


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    Huckson, Director Effective Practice Program.Institute for Clinical Studies (NHMRC)or Milligan, Clinical Ethicist, Princess Alexandraand Grifth University

    themes that emerged from the debate includedlogy is playing an increasing role in informationnication but we will still need to rely on our clin-ent and humanity. Yet with that technology andglobalisation, we have a responsibility to initiateand systems research relating to health. That

    vironmental changes will have increasing impli-population relocation and disease. That profes-lations and boundaries are symbiotic and becom-ngly important, and as such, is it essential to havesavvy nurses at the coalface and in leadershipensure that nurses make decisions for nurses areinforming health policy reform and research. Alle themes will require input and leadership fromr colleagues, and so preparing the next genera-the outset with clever and futuristic curriculumsential. Finally, threaded through out each of thepeakers presentations was the fundamental car-nursing. Patients and their family will still needducated and informed to reassure them, explainh, save their life and be their advocate in an evercare delivery environment. So whatever role wewhere ever we are, it will be about informedtients, their family and ourselves as a profession.

    Kate Curtis, RN, PhDa,b,

    rge Hospital, Trauma Service, Sydney, Australia


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