In May of 2013 the International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrated the 25th Quadrennial Congress in Melbourne, Australia. The ICN Congress is one of the largest international gatherings of nurses bringing together innovations and evidence-based practices from around the globe. The nearly week-long event, titled “Equity and Access to Health Care”, encompassed nurses from all continents who had the opportunity to meet and network with global nursing leaders. Villanova University was represented at the event by two senior nursing students Aurora Vandewark and Heather Yin, accompanied by Associate Dean and Professor Leslie Perry, PhD, RN.
The opening ceremonies of the Congress were “quite unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” describes Aurora, “Seeing ‘the parade of nations’ where nurses from all over the world proudly marched wearing the traditional attire from their home country was simply amazing.”