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24 February 2006 at 11:04
When Sue Lewis, Sister on Critical Care Unit at Southport & Formby District General Hospital, entered a competition in the Nursing Standard to attend the International College of Nursing (ICN) Conference in Taiwan, she little expected to win. But that was exactly what she did. With more than a little trepidation, Sue set off alone on the fifteen-hour journey to Taiwan. But when she boarded the plane she found there were a number of people she knew also on their way to the conference. “It was a wonderful opportunity”, said Sue on her return, “I met lots of fascinating people from all over the world at the conference, not least of all Christine Hancock, the outgoing President of the ICN, who is a real inspiration. I also attended many very interesting sessions on such subjects as Global Nursing, HIV/AIDS Networking and Nursing at the Forefront of Innovation.” Sue also recounted other highlights of the week long trip, which included attending the Florence Nightingale Foundation Luncheon where the guest speaker was Dr Afaf Meleis, the Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. “Dr Meleis is a world renowned for her dedication to women’s health and development and immigrant health care. I willalso remember for a long time the UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis’s impassioned speech on health and human rights.” Sue also took the opportunity of sightseeing around Taipan after the conference had finished. “It’s a fascinating, busy and vibrant city with some beautiful old buildings like the Lungshan Temple and the Memorial Hall, but there are also some incredible modern ones. Not least of all the world’s tallest building, 101 Tower with the fastest lift in the world, going to the 89th floor in just 39 seconds!” Sue was very sad to leave Taiwan at the end of her week long trip, “Especially having to leave all the new friends I’ve made, not least of all the local people - always smiling, always willing to help. I cannot express my appreciation to the Nursing Standard for giving me the privilege of attending such a memorable occasion. It was certainly a trip of a lifetime.” Notes to Editors Photo shows Sue in the centre with fellow delegates Barbara Walters (on left) and Judy McRae (on right) Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk