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ACHD, the Irish Perspective

Presentation by: Rhona Savage, ANP

Mater Hospitals

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Rhona Savage qualified in 1999 and worked as a staff nurse in a variety of cardiac centres in London. While working in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Harefield London she gained an interest in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. She completed her specialist qualification in Cardiac nursing in 2000 &Intensive Care Nursing 2002.
In 2003 she returned to Ireland to work in the Mater Hospitals Acute Cardiology Unit where she established the first clinical nurse specialist role in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. The objective of this service is to provide a nurse centred service to adults with congenital heart disease who require life-long cardiac care. Currently there are 3000 patients attending the service.
In 2009 she completed her Msc in Advanced Nurse Practice and is currently seeking accreditation with the National Nursing Board in obtaining an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Status. She has a special interest in management of heart failure in the ACHD group and interventional cardiology for the Adult population.

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The New Zealand Perspective

Presentation by: Annette Rief, RGON, MN

National Service, New Zealand

reif picAnnette Rief, RGON, MN, trained to be a nurse in Germany and graduated in 1985. Initially I worked in several different general medical wards and later in a general medical intensive care unit as staff nurse. I also completed a Masters in Social Work in 1995. In 1997 I immigrated to New Zealand, where I worked in the Green Lane Cardio-thoracic Intensive Care Unit until I changed to my current role in 2002. Initially I worked as a Nurse Specialist and completed my Masters in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner Pathway) at the University of Auckland in 2005. I got endorsed by the New Zealand Nursing Council as Nurse Practitioner Cardiac Care with prescribing rights in July 2007 and officially changed my role to Nurse Practitioner Adult Congenital Heart Disease in January 2008. I provide a National Service within New Zealand and the emphasis of my role is currently the assessment of clinic outpatients and patients in the community.


 

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The Swiss Perspective

Presentation by: Corina Thomet, RN, MScN

University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.

Thomet Corina picSince 02/2012, Corina Thomet, RN, MScN has been responsible for the development and implementation of the transition program for adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease at the Congenital Heart Disease Center at the University Hospital in Bern, Switzerland.

 

 

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