The Croatian Nursing Association in Neurology (CNAN)

was established in 1997 and since that time has been actively working on the quality improvement of the nursing continuous education and lifelong learning in the field of neurology in Croatia and abroad. The association plans and organizes the educational programs as part of continuing professional development and training of nurses and technicians who provide direct care in neurology. Being a member of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses (EANN) and the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN), the Croatian Nursing Association in Neurology contributes to the neurology nursing knowledge and skills exchange, further defining the educational needs of the nurse work in the field of neuroscience.

World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN)

Founded in 1969, the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses (WFNN) is an international nursing organization devoted to the promotion and development of the neuroscience worldwide. This organization brings together more than 8,000 nurses and technicians from six continents, with the aim of educating, networking and informing on the provision of the neurological health care. The mission of the WFNN is to encourage and facilitate interaction amongst neuroscience nurses worldwide and to aid, exchange and disseminate nursing knowledge, with the dedication to improve and foster the highest nursing standards, to encourage nursing research and to develop the expertise across all levels of neuroscience nursing.

Plenary session speakers

Joanne V Hickey, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN, FCCM

Dr. Joanne Hickey holds the Patricia L. Starck/PARTNERS Professor in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H) School of Nursing. She received a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Boston College, a master’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s of arts degree in counseling from Rhode Island College, a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a post-master’s certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner from Duke University.

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Virginia Prendergast, PhD, NP-C, FANN, CNRN

Virginia Prendergast, PhD, is internationally recognized for her work and leadership in neuroscience nursing education, research, and the care of neurosurgical patients...

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Vida Demarin

Professor Vida Demarin, MD, Ph.D. graduated from School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia, where she gained her Master of Science thesis and Doctor of Philosophy degree. She finished her residency in neuropsychiatry in Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia.

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Linda Littlejohns MSN RN CNRN SCRN FAAN

Linda Littlejohns is a neuro clinical nurse specialist and consultant who started her nursing career in South Africa before relocating to California in 1981. Linda worked at a trauma center as the Neuro CNS and then joined Integra as a Vice President of their global clinical team...

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Alvisa Palese

Associated Professor in Nursing Science at Udine University (Udine, Italy) (since October 2005)
Master on Nursing Science (Verona University, 2006)
Master on Management and Teaching in Nursing Science, Padua University (1994)
Bachelor in Nursing Science, Padua University (2002)
Registered Nurse, Nursing College of Tolmezzo (Udine) (1987-88)
PhD Student Hull University (2012) – superviorso Prof. Roger Watson

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