Why Join the International Ophthalmic Nurses Association?

We are certain that this is a question that all potential members ask themselves when considering membership.  We have probably all asked this same question – what can IONA give me that I can’t get elsewhere.  The most honest answer is probably nothing.  So why do we think you should join our growing group…

Just a little about our history – we were founded in 1955 by a matron at Moorfields Eye Hospital to help eye nurses continue to learn, develop and provide the best possible care for all eye patients.  The organisation has been active since this time with annual conferences and newsletters.  So the organisation has longevity…

Just a little about the present – the committee are all eye nurses working in today’s ophthalmic world facing the same struggles and challenges that you face; we tackle the same problems and usually arrive at solutions that sometimes work and sometimes need adjusting.  But we also have the same joys and pleasure that comes from working with ophthalmic patients.  We have continued with our tradition of keeping in touch with the membership providing communications in both the print world with our biannual newsletter and within the digital world wide net with our website.  We now organise our own conferences to provide a forum to share information and innovation.  This helps us to keep the cost of the conference at the same level for the last 5 years.  Not bad in these financially challenging times.  We have developed a new website which is interactive and continuing to develop all the time.  So the organisation is innovative…

Just a little bit about the future – the council are working for our members and aim to provide a dedicated organisation for healthcare professionals working in ophthalmology, run by healthcare professionals working in ophthalmology to keep trying to make a difference for all ophthalmic  patients across the world.  The organisation was started by ophthalmic nurses but we recognise that the world of ophthalmology is ever changing and patients need all of us to work as a team so we welcome members from other professionals associated with ophthalmology.  We are committed to continually developing new ways of ensuring our members have access to up to date events, modernization issues and information.  For example: We are aiming to develop a new learning zone on the website and are exploring a number of ways to widen educational opportunities for our members.  We believe our purpose is sharing & caring across the professional boundaries as well as international borders and our ethos is education, education, education.  So the organisation has ideals, dedication and vision (excuse the pun)…

We are certain that everything we provide as an organisation is available for you to find and develop for yourself but we try to provide it all in one place with easy access and a growing membership who can offer support and help to you.

So perhaps you can see why we think IONA has a unique place in today’s ophthalmic world and would welcome you as a member…

 

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