Leadership in nursing is not limited to the unit or department in which you work. There are no barriers that keep you from moving beyond your organization, community, state, and even nation. Our own family, community, and nation often define us, however, there is a universal concern for health disparities and improvements in quality of life, which blurs the lines between these populations. There is a code of ethics for nurses in our country, which includes an expectation to collaborate with health care workers in all settings, including international, to improve health care. There is also an International Code of Ethics that stresses that the need for nursing is universal. Every nurse responds to this code in different ways depending on their passion, strengths, and commitment to our profession.
As my practicum experience continues to develop and grow, the potential for leadership on an international level grows alongside it. My project continues to focus and evolve into a collaborative effort to support nurses working in the Philippines. My experiences also include the opportunity to collaborate with other leaders in wound care around the world. Working with the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the Pan Pacific Pressure Ulcer Forum provides yet another opportunity for me to become a patient advocate, a nurse activist, and show accountability as I work with professionals from these regions of the world.
We have so many opportunities to reach out to nurses and other health care providers, which have been made easier with technology. I can return home to my family and my day to day work and still be connected and collaborate with this committed medical team in the Philippines and make a difference in the lives of the Filipino people.