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Beyond our usual boundaries.

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN. Every four years the International Council of Nurses meets for an impressive global congress, a time to share expertise with nurses from around the world. This May, the 23rd ICN Congress, "Nursing on the Move: Knowledge, Innovation, Vitality," takes place in Taipei, Taiwan. Hundreds of outstanding papers and posters will be presented. Visit the website www.icn.cb/congress2005.htm for a quick review of the titles and abstracts. You will be impressed. The range of topics in nursing education, professional practice, and policy development is extensive.

Each time I attend an ICN congress, I am struck by the many opportunities afforded to each of us to expand our work beyond the usual boundaries. It is remarkable that no matter where we reside, and independent of available resources, the issues are similar. Challenges in HIV/AIDS treatment, the development of critical thinking skills, regulation and credentialing, and workforce shortage issues are just some of the topics important to nurses and nursing educators throughout the world.

Based on the venue, one of the highlights of this quadrennial congress is a focus on traditional Chinese medicine. In the United States, we have recently placed greater emphasis on complementary and alternative modalities (CAM) for treatment such as acupuncture, meditation, and herbal therapies. These interventions are often considered traditional in Asian cultures. As the world gets smaller, we will no doubt see a merging of traditional Western and Eastern health care interventions. In the meantime, there is much that we can learn from our nurse colleagues who use CAM every day.

Another theme of ICN 2005 that is noteworthy for nursing education is that of partnerships. In ease you missed "How Can I Help You? How Can You Help Me? Transforming Nursing Education Through Partnerships" by Kathleen Heinrich and colleagues (Nursing Education Perspectives, January/February 2005), it is worth a review before attending ICN or reading the abstracts. This article offers ways to shift our perspective from going it alone to partnering together. The ICN Congress provides many opportunities to find new partners for nursing education, research, and professional practice. Aided by technology that has become commonplace in our professional lives, we can build relationships with any nurse in any part of the world.

We have designed this issue of Nursing Education Perspectives to focus on global initiatives in nursing education. It will serve as the foundation for discussions at ICN with nurses who can become our future partners. We look forward to sharing the postconference news with you.
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Title Annotation:From the Editor
Author:Fitzpatrick, Joyce J.
Publication:Nursing Education Perspectives
Date:May 1, 2005
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