Improving global prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness


The WADEM Nursing Section Meeting will take place at the Congress. Below are the details:

07:30-08:30 – Wednesday, 26 April – Room Pier 5

The WADEM Nursing Section is calling for nominations for leaders in the WADEM Nursing Committee. There will be elections for six (6) positions:

  • Chair-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Co-secretary
  • Research Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Membership Leader

WADEM Nursing Section members may nominate themselves or another WADEM Nursing Member for the position. However, all nominees must be nurses who have been a WADEM member for at least two (2) years and prior to 1 April 2017. Members may serve for up to three consecutive terms.

Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief personal summary and the nominee’s statement of willingness to serve in the position for at least two-year period beginning at the WADEM Congress 2017 in Toronto, Canada. These documents can be uploaded to WADEM’s Nursing Dropbox Folder through the following link –

Nominations must be received by no later than 20 April 2017.

As a volunteer-run organization, WADEM depends on the efforts and talents of its members to fulfill its missions of global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness. I invite you to consider this role or propose suitable candidates to the Nursing Committee.



Emmanuel Rohrbacher, RN 


Sue Ann Bell, PhD, FNP-BC

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Odeda Benin-Goren, RN


Knox Andress, RN, FAEN
Wendy McKenzie, RN


Virginia Plummer, PhD, RN
Patrizia Duda, RN

The Nursing Section of WADEM strives to be the organizational vehicle welcoming and representing nurses from all countries with an intent and desire to strengthen and improve the practice and knowledge of disaster nursing.

The proposed mission of the Nursing Section of WADEM is to foster collaboration among nurses involved in research, education, management, and practice in prehospital, emergency, public health, and/or disaster health care.

The purposes of the Nursing Section of WADEM are to:

  • Define nursing issues for public health care and disaster health care;
  • Exchange scientific and professional information relevant to the practice of disaster nursing;
  • Encourage collaborative efforts enhancing and expanding the field of nursing disaster research;
  • Encourage collaboration with other nursing organizations;
  • Inform and advise WADEM of matters related to disaster nursing.