The International Nursing Group for Immunodeficiencies (INGID) was formed in 1994 by nurses who were working with children and adults diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency disorders.
INGID is run by members, for members. It is managed by a Board of experienced nurses in immunology who are volunteers and who are elected at the INGID conference that is held every 2 years in a different country. The General Meeting, open to all members and held during each Conference is the forum where major decisions are made by the members.
The Board of INGID consists of a:
In addition there is usually an affiliated Board member from the country where the next INGID conference will be held.
The aims of INGID are to improve and extend the quality of nursing care of patients with primary immune deficiencies, and to increase the awareness and understanding of primary immunodeficiencies amongst nurses.
This is being achieved by:
What has INGID meant to us?
- A place to exchange experiences with nurses from other countries
- Get new knowledge and new ideas considering the treatment and the observation of patients with PID
- Relevant lessons and education
- Useful professional discussions
- Social benefit, meeting old and new friends
- INGID gave us the idea to establish a Norwegian group of nurses working in immunology
- Heidi Sandersen, (Pediatric nurse), still working at our unit, participated at the first INGID board
Kathleen Halvorsen RN, Oslo, Norway