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Australian nurse appointed chief executive of ICN

From Cloncurry to Geneva, Australian nurse Dr Isabelle Skinner is certainly kicking goals.

The James Cook University (JCU) rural and remote research academic has been appointed chief executive of the world’s most influential nursing organisation – the International Council of Nurses.

Skinner started her career as a nurse at Cloncurry Hospital in Queensland. With her interest in remote health and quest for knowledge, Skinner’s skills have now taken her to the ICN head office in Geneva.

JCU professor Sabina Knight said Australian nurses welcome the announcement.

“Isabelle has had a long association with remote health and education, playing leadership roles at critical times such as the development of University Departments of Rural Health, the Council of Remote Area Nurses, the Australian College of Nursing, education and support programs for remote area nurses, and in developing digital technologies to improve health and health practice.

“It is true that if you are good enough to work in outback Australia, you can work anywhere in the world,” Knight said. “ICN is in good hands.”

Nursing Review spoke with Skinner  about her new role and what she aims to achieve as the new head.

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