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A cardiac nursing professor and her inspiring story

Prof. Izabella Uchmanowicz, RN, PhD, FESC, FHFA, a cardiac nursing professor at Wroclaw Medical University in Poland, has a fascinating story full of achievements and milestones to share.  

Cardiovascular Nursing

Izabella Uchmanowicz-2023.jpgFrom her first abstract submission at EuroHeartCare 2008 to being elected as President of the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) and from a Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing and Obstetrics to being elected as member of National Board of the Polish Cardiac Society, the first nurse in such a position in her country, she has earned a place among nursing leaders and paved the way for the next generation to follow.  

With her own words on what her own election in the Board demonstrates for nursing science and profession, Izabella emphasizes the growing acknowledgment of the crucial role nurses play in specialized medical societies but also reflects the change of scenery in health care and the corporatisation of medicine where nurses are taking on leadership positions. Specifically, the election highlights the importance of integrating nursing expertise, knowledge and experience in shaping healthcare policies, strategies, and decision-making. 

Furthermore, she believes this increased representation is a positive step towards more well-rounded, patient-focused healthcare. Diverse viewpoints and experiences lead to more comprehensive solutions and more effectively meet the needs of patients. 

In this evolving healthcare landscape, it's essential to recognize the value of multidisciplinary collaboration and the integral role nurses play in providing high-quality care, aiming for the best outcomes for patient well-being and healthcare advancements. 

While in the past year we have witnessed nurses taking on leadership positions within traditionally physician-dominated organizations, criticism has been raised, mostly on social media. According to Izabella such comments may reflect surprise combined with a sentiment of the changing dynamics within these associations. It allows for a more comprehensive, inclusive, and patient-centric healthcare approach. She is confident that nurses bring a unique perspective and extensive hands-on experience in patient care. Integrating nursing expertise into these associations is not about taking over but rather contributing valuable insights that enhance decision-making and policies from a more holistic standpoint. 

Talking about the future generation of nurses, Izabella states that such milestones often serve as inspirational benchmarks for aspiring nurses. She hopes to inspire future nurses to pursue leadership roles within specialized medical domains and encourage greater nursing representation in decision-making processes for a more comprehensive, patient-centric care. 

Useful tips and tricks for young nurses would be continually pursuing knowledge, remaining curious, and being open to learning. Izabella advises to be empathetic, adaptable, and a keen listener. Additionally, she highlights the importance of mentorship and fostering strong networks in the nursing community. These connections can offer support, guidance, and the sharing of invaluable experiences.  

Modern women are often called to maintain a difficult balance between a demanding professional life and personal responsibilities. Izabella shared with us her secret. Setting priorities in a supportive network of family, friends and colleagues, sharing dedicated time in each aspect of social life and self-care with mindful practices help keep the challenging balance.  

The future is now and Izabella has set the goal to contribute to the ongoing progress of the nursing profession and emphasize the significance of nursing in the healthcare spectrum. She plans to work on initiatives integrating nursing expertise into healthcare decision-making, policies, and research.