Back to Italy

By Roger Watson | 07/24/2019

Next comes a well-earned vacation.

Blog by Roger Watson

Roger Watson makes the second of two visits this year to Genoa, Italy. He also learned recently that he has been honored with an invitation that very few nurses receive.

Roger WatsonGENOA, Italy—In the space of four weeks, I’ve made two—that’s due (DOO-eh) in Italian—trips to Genoa. The first was to address a conference at the University of Genoa and the second to help satisfy my contractual obligation to make three annual visits as a visiting professor at the same university. This was the second.

The conference in June, the first Italian conference on fundamentals of care, stemmed from work at the University of Genoa School of Nursing toward completing the Italian portion of the RN4CAST project. The conference, which was a great success, attracted nurse leaders from across Italy.

Alison KitsonThe opening keynote was delivered by Alison Kitson, PhD, RN, FAAN, vice president and executive dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia. Sigma was represented by Elizabeth Rosser, PhD, RN, past president of Phi Mu Chapter in England.

I had the privilege of closing the conference with a presentation—drawing on some of the work of my graduate students—on mealtime interventions for older people with dementia. One major outcome of the gathering is that the School of Nursing in Genoa, under the leadership of Loredana Sasso, MedSc, RN, FAAN, is in the process of establishing an Italian observatory on fundamental care.

I was lucky to have the company of my wife on that visit, and we made the best of two free days to explore more of Genoa than I had seen on previous visits. One highlight was visiting Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, a street in Genoa’s historic center that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also took a boat trip to the beautiful town of Portofino, holiday resort of the stars, including Madonna and Elton John.

On this second trip to Genoa for this year, I was accompanied, as usual, by Hull colleague Mark Hayter, PhD, RN, FAAN, and—making his first visit—David Thompson, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing at Queen’s University Belfast. The previous week, I made an overnight visit to Ulster University in Belfast to deliver some seminars on writing for publication and research assessment, and I also met David there. In case you think that visiting positions in Genoa have been sequestered for an old boy’s club, there are also many female visiting professors, but our visits rarely coincide with theirs.

Academia Europaea
I was honored and delighted to receive news this month that I have been invited to become a member of Academia Europaea, The Academy of Europe. I am one of very few nurses to be invited, and we hope to become a visible presence in the years ahead. Scanning the membership, I am impressed by the caliber of its members and honorary members, and I look forward to developing my personal webpage.

This is my prevacation blog post. I’ve been extremely busy this year with little time to call my own, so I am really looking forward to two weeks in the United States in New York and Washington, D.C. My next entry will be from China. RNL

Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCP Edin, FRCN, FAAN, professor of nursing at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and a frequent visitor to Australia and China, where he has visiting positions, is editor-in-chief of JAN and editor of Nursing Open. Click here to access Blogger-resident entries posted before 2017 in Watson’s former blog “Hanging smart.”

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