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Elizabeth Adams, President, European Federation of Nurses Associations

Elizabeth Adams is President of the European Federation of Nurse Associations and represents 3 million nurses across Europe. She is a Board Member of the Global Campaign Nursing Now. She is Adjunct Associate Professor with Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, Honorary Fellow Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Adjunct Faculty, Dublin City University and most recently became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

In her previous post she was Director of Professional Development with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Prior to this, as the Consultant, Nursing and Health Policy with the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland she developed programme areas related to socio-economic welfare, occupational health and safety, positive practice environments, violence, human resources development, international migration, leadership, older person care, environmental issues and disaster nursing. She was the Director of the International Centre of Human Resources for Nursing and Director of the International Positive Practice Environments Campaign.. In the past she was contracted by WHO Europe to undertake advisory and technical work on the European Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery.

Prior to this she served as Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the Health Service Executive in Ireland. This role included leading and implementing nurse and midwife prescribing nationally. Over her nursing career she has worked for both the Department of Health in Ireland and Western Australia. While in the Department in Western Australia she helped to manage significant health reform and was instrumental in establishing the nurse practitioner role in Western Australia. In addition, she has worked for the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery and for seventeen years in clinical and management positions with the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Ireland.


Elizabeth Adams, RGN, Cert (ODN), BNS(Hons), Dip (Mgt), Dip (Counselling), Dip (Phy & Chem), Dip (Stats), MSc., Adjunct Faculty, Dublin City University, FFNMRCSI, Adjunct Associate Professor Curtin University Western Australia. Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), President European Federation of Nurses Associations.

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