As you may know, a previously established network of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the Rural and Remote Nurse Network (ICN RRNN) established in 2009 at the ICN Congress in Durban South Africa, was advised in 2016 that ICN would no longer be supporting the network. The Co-Chairs of ICN RRNN Debra Cerasa (Australia) and Barb Shellian (Canada) monitored the interest of maintaining some type of global network and looked at opportunities for potential collaboration and as a result CRANAplus – (The Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia) has supported the vision to re-establish a global rural nursing network.
The opportunity was taken to launch CRANA GRIN (Global Rural and Isolated Nurses) - a Global Network for Rural, Remote & Isolated Nurses with the simple purpose of:
- Linking together our passionate and eager rural, remote and isolated nurses from all countries across the world.
- Generating opportunities to connect, collaborate, share, educate and support each other by our united caring profession.
- Levering affordable, accessible, high quality nursing practice to address the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in rural and remote areas;
The first step in this connection with rural nurses across the globe is the launch of social media platforms – no charge to join or participate! Our plan is to have nurses share best practice and information - and who knows where it will go from there!
Find us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/cranagrin or search for CRANA GRIN on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter - @cranagrin with the supporting hashtag #cranagrin
If you would like to know more detail, please feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org - tell your colleagues about this exciting development in rural/remote nursing!
Barb Shellian RN MN