Dear ETNA Members,
I hope that wherever you may be living, you are safe and healthy.
Our world is currently going through an unprecedented and existential crisis which is causing human devastation at unimaginable levels. The Corona Virus has found us unprepared and unable to defend ourselves against this invisible but deadly enemy. But we can defeat it if we all help each other and if we comply with the advice given by the WHO and our governments.
The key messages are: a) Stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary or urgent that you must leave your home, b) When outside your home avoid crowds and keep two meters away from other people, c) wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Further information to help us keep physically and mentally healthy can be found on the WHO website, government websites, and reputable NGOs websites etc. So please do your best to follow the advice, keep healthy and save lives.
Epidemiologists are of the opinion that the pandemic will be with us for a good few more months. With this in mind, the ETNA Board and the organiser of the 7th ETNA conference to celebrate the WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife in Fuerteventura, Spain, in June 2020, have explored the various scenarios and have sadly decided to cancel the conference. Both the organising committee and the ETNA Board have worked very hard and for many months to provide the opportunity to celebrate and showcase the excellent work of the Transcultural Nursing community. We lined up some excellent keynote speakers, a video message from the President of the ICN (International Council of Nurses), almost 80 parallel sessions and poster presentations, and some amazing social events. The conference host will be refunding the registration fees to those who have already paid. I want to thank them all for their commitment and hard work.
You may be pleased to know that we have decided to publish all the abstracts on the ETNA website as soon as we can. Please visithttps://europeantransculturalnurses.eu/ to read these and much more.
But at the end of the day, the health and welfare of our members is more important than the conference. We apologise profusely for any inconvenience that this may cause you. I know you will be as disappointed as we are, but this massive world crisis is beyond our control.
Please pray for the wellbeing of your families and friends as well as for all the wonderful nurses and other healthcare staff who are not only working selflessly extremely hard, but some of them are sacrificing their lives for the good of humanity. We salute them (and you), thank them (and you) and owe them (and you) a depth of gratitude always.
I am sending you my best wishes in the hope that we can all meet in June 2021!
Take care, stay safe and stay healthy!
Professor Irena Papadopoulos, President of ETNA.
24th March, 2020.