In 2012, ASNEN arose from an identified need to formally bring together acute stroke nurses from around Australia to engage in mentoring activities, and to develop a program of relevant educational seminars and webinars.
Prior to ASNEN’s inception, there was no formal mechanism for acute stroke nurses from around Australia to meet regularly as a group in order to support each other and ensure nurses had access to high quality, consistent education of high relevance to acute stroke nursing.
The founding ASNEN committee envisaged a network of nurse training and education that could promote the critical role that stroke nurses play in the day-to-day management of stroke patients around Australia. Our goal was to elevate the role of acute stroke nurses to be recognised as key partners in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with stroke in order to realise better care and support for our patients.
Today, Skye Coote and Elizabeth O’Brien as original ASNEN committee members continue to lead ASNEN as Co-chairs alongside an expert nursing committee who represent the majority of states and territories in Australia.