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Vol. 49. Issue C.
Pages 4-7 (January - June 2019)
Vol. 49. Issue C.
Pages 4-7 (January - June 2019)
Summary of Annual Congress
DOI: 10.1016/j.sedeng.2019.03.002
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Summary of the 25th Annual Conference and 1st International Conference of the Spanish Society of Neurology Nursing
Resumen del XXV Congreso Anual y I Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Neurológica
Carmen Funes Molinaa, Fidel López Espuelab,
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, Mercè Salvat Planac, Jesús A. León Lópezd, Alejandro Lendínez Mesae, Maria Palanca Cámaraf, Macarena Rus Hidalgog, Paloma Muñoz Pedrazuelae, Rosa Güell Baróh, Javier Amarilla Donosoi, David Iglesias Villanuevaj
a Servicio de Medicina Preventiva y Gestión de Calidad, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
b Facultad de Enfermería y Terapia Ocupacional, Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain
c Pla Director de la Malaltia Vascular Cerebral de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
d Medicina Interna, Hospital Universitario de Valme, Sevilla, Spain
e Unidad de Neurorrehabilitación, Fundación Instituto San José, Madrid, Spain
f Unidad de Epilepsia Refractaria, Hospital Universitari i Politècnic La Fe, Valencia, Spain
g Unidad de Neurociencias, Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena, Sevilla, Spain
h Unidad de Hematología, Hospital Universitari Joan XXIII, Tarragona, Spain
i Departamento de Enfermería, Hospital Campo Arañuelo, Navalmoral de la Mata, Cáceres, Spain
j Àrea de Neurociencias, Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona, Spain
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Do you dream? Dreams are strange. They give us wings, they let us fly, go through magic doors or meet fantastical creatures.. but they are fleeting… most dreams vanish when you wake up. A word, a look, a memory, erases all the magic.

But… I’m going to tell you a secret… we are here today because someone dreamt that one day …

We have just celebrated the Twenty Fifth Annual Conference – a very special edition where we were reminded of the origins of our association, our current situation and where we wish to go. This was also our first International Conference and we were honoured with the presence of different professionals from all over the world. This year our conference was celebrated in an unbeatable backdrop, the city of Seville. We embraced a new venue and bridged many boundaries.

We were able to celebrate this Conference thanks to the “concerns of seven nursing professionals from different parts of Spain who knew one another and coincided at one of the annual neurologists’ meetings. There on 10th December 1993 they decided to embark upon an adventure full or enthusiasm and projects. Our Society was founded there and then and we began to work towards extending and consolidating it”.

Twenty five years have elapsed but the driving spirit of the Society's creation continues today in the current members of its governing board and has been present in the evolution of our Annual Conference.

The conference began on Wednesday 21st November with the pre-conference workshops, which took place simultaneously. They were organised, as always by the Study Group SEDENE:

  • Movement disorder workshop. Two workshops were presented: “The experience of living with Parkinson's disease. Tools for nursing assessment and intervention”, imparted by Ms. M. Victoria Navarta and Ms. Leire Ambrosio; and the workshop “Nursing experience in a research study in patients with advanced PD”, imparted by Ms. Carolina Cabello.

  • Neurorehabilitation workshop. “Dysphagia, innovation and therapeutic advance at the service of the patient and the professional” imparted by Ms. Susana Llobato, Mr. Alejandro Lendínez and Ms. Lucia Manzanedo. They showed us a simple and attractive way of approaching dysphagia in an appealingly and taste bud tingling manner.

  • Multiple Sclerosis workshop “Improving the approach to MS from nursing”. This was imparted by Ms. Silva Macho, Ms. Ana Duro, Ms. M. Ángeles Pena, Ms. Noelia Becerril and Ms. Mercè Lleixa, expert nursing professionals in caring for patients with this disease.

  • Epilepsy workshop. “Neuropsychological and semiological assessment of epileptic crisis”. Imparted by Ms. Carmen Pére. The essential aspects in an approach to an epileptic patient were dealt with here

A welcoming cocktail took place after the workshops. This provided us with the opportunity to meet professionals or renew our acquaintanceship from last year with the professionals coming from other parts of Spain.

Early on Thursday 22nd November we were called to the Member Assembly. We were glad to see that attendance was greater than usual. After being brought up to date with the events of this year the Spoken Communications Table took place, which was moderated by Mr. Jesús A. León and Ms. María Palanca. Spoken reports on ten studies were given in the different fields of neurological care.

After the official inauguration by Mr. José Miguel Lainez, Vice-president and Chairman of the Institutional Relations Area of the SEN and Mr. David Iglesias, acting President of SEDENE, the inaugural conference took place. This was a poignant event, where we became aware of the past, present and future of SEDENE. We were lucky to be graced with the company of the founder of the Society, Antonio Ibarzo, who made dreams come true by creating a Scientific Society with an essential aim: to improve the care of neurological patients. Thanks to the efforts and dedication of all members it has consolidated and become what we now recognise as SEDENE. We were made aware of the evolution of our society in the guidance of Estela Sanjuán, the youngest president to date of the Society, and David Iglesias, the acting president who stated what the current situation was and the goals we are seeking for the future. The train that began its journey 25 years ago, Antonio Ibarzo reminded us, continues on its way with renewed energy and will go as far as we want it to (Fig. 1).

Figure 1.

First International SEDENE conference. Let's keep dreaming.


Later on, in the round table “Innovating in nursing care” presented by Mr. Serafín Fernández and Ms. Teresa Pérez, and moderated by Ms. Carmen Funes, social media and new technologies were addressed. It is time to move on from learning in networks to networks of learning: sharing, conversing, communicating and cooperating in order to grow. To do this, creative thought, authenticity and emotion is required. Information and Communication technologies (ICT) help us to get closer to other professionals and to patients. They assist us in managing our knowledge of care, and fostering the feeling of belonging. However, technology requires a large dose of responsibility to help us offer care. The PiCuida network and FFPaciente web are two resources which were presented to us.

The Poster Session completed the morning's programme. We were presented with the five best ones, chosen by the Scientific Committee out of the thirty three admitted.

After a replenishing lunch, in the Sexuality Workshop, led by Mr. José Bustamante and moderated by Mr. David Iglesias, we put forward the need for an approach to sexuality, which may only be understood from a bio psychosocial focus, normalised by being currently unknown and undervalued by healthcare professionals. For this reason, we have to have an open attitude, adapted to the patients and their partners from an interdisciplinary approach.

We simultaneously had the opportunity to have fun playing at the entertaining “Neuroword” contest, masterfully presented by two nurses with expert show woman skills, Ms. Teresa Pérez and Ms. Rosa Güell. The game relaxed the atmosphere and helped us to get to know each other a bit more, which is also one of the essential aims in these conferences (Fig. 2).

Figure 2.

Twenty fifth SEDENE Anniversary.


Following this the 2nd round of Spoken Communications took place. These were moderated by Mr. Fidel López and Ms. Sara Huertas. Ten reports were again presented.

We used what little time we had left to prepare for the Commemorative 25th Anniversary Dinner. This took place in the Villa Luisa area, an architectonic whim from the beginning of the last century. It rained all evening but this couldn’t dampen the party spirit at all. We watched a video which transported us into the world of dreams.. or no… of realities which have transformed the world of neurology nursing. The first and current presidents of the Society and two students who represent the future we are hoping for blew out the candles. During the dinner a round table debate took place on Advanced Practice Nursing, in pathologies such as Ictus or Migraine, moderated by Ms. Marta Fernández, with the presence of nurses from different areas of neurological care, Estela Sanjuan, Fanny Barrasa and Álvaro Sierra.

Tired, but happy and feeling satisfied in the knowledge that we are part of something important, we let the day wind down.

The morning of 23rd November arrived before we were ready for it but this time with the gift of sun which shone with splendour in the andalusian sky.

We began the scientific activities with the 3rd round of Spoken Communications. On this occasion seven communications were presented, moderated by Ms. Macarena Rus and Mr. Luis López.

After this, in the table “view of nursing from other disciplines” a debate took place about how nurses are regarded from other professionals outside the healthcare area. Mr. Miguel Ángel Máñez, Ms. Ana M. Indiano and Mr. Iñaki González discussed their vision of nursing. In their opinion we are highly valued professionals with a close relationship with the patient but in many cases we are still dependent on other professions. This should make us reflect about what we should change and how we could demonstrate the true role of nursing to the whole population. More accessible knowledge needs to be available to citizens though the Internet or blogs and in media that reach the patient.

After a brief coffee break we were treated to the ”Neurogastronomy” Table, a pleasure for all the sense. Mr. Xavier Medina and Ms. Sara Carrillo, moderated by Mr. Alejandro Lendínez, offered us an approach to gastronomy which involved all five senses. The colour of the plate, listening to certain music, or the manner in which food is visually presented affects its flavours. A veritable challenge for the improvement of nutrition in patients with neurological pathologies.

The conference was coming to an end and it was now time to acknowledge all those people who on a daily basis clearly help to turn care into an art.

We would like to highlight that in this edition we believe there was great quality in the scientific studies received, a fact which underlines how much nurses want to keep up to date and how our profession is advancing. Congratulations to everyone! We received a total of 63 abstracts, of which 27 were presented orally and 33 in the form of a poster. We also received five studies for the best research project in neurology nursing. The prize winners were:

  • Prize for the best spoken communication voted by the attendees with a monetary award of 250€, to the paper entitled: The importance of the specialised MS nurse in the detection of outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks. The main author was Ms. Ana Lozano.

  • Prize for the best poster voted by the attendees with a monetary award of 200€, to the work entitled: Assessment of fatigue in the performance of basic activities in the daily lives of people with MS. The main author was Mr. Leonel Preto.

  • Prize awarded by the Scientific Committee for the best Spoken Communication, with a monetary award of 600€ to the paper entitled: School of patients with Epilepsy. The main author was Ms. Isabel Sanz.

  • Second Prize awarded by the Scientific Committee, with a monetary award of 450€ to the Spoken Communication: Relevance of experiential avoidance in MS. The main author was Ms. Daylin Martín.

  • Prize awarded by the Scientific Committee, to the best poster, with a monetary award of 400€ to the paper entitled: Immediate and continuous nursing intention leads to rapid, intensive and maintained reduction of blood pressure in intracranial haemorrhage. The main author was Ms. Olalla Pancorbo.

  • Second prize awarded by the Scientific Committee with a monetary award of 300€ to the poster: Analysis of the MSWS-12 relating to the nanda diagnosis in people with MS who are respondent to fampridine. The main author was Mr. Miguel Merchán.

  • Prize awarded by the Scientific Committee for the best Research Project in Neurology Nursing, with a monetary award of 2500€ was for the project: Healthcare education programme for the improvement in treatment adherence in epileptic patients. The main author was Ms. Cristina Tato.

  • The runner-up prize awarded by the Scientific Committee for the best Research Project in Neurology Nursing, with a monetary award of 1500€ was for the project: Rupture of the communication barrier between aphasic patients and nursing staff using a portable Technological System (REYES Trial). The main author was Mr. Eloy Jesús Ferrete.

Our most sincere congratulations to all prize winners.

After the awarding of prizes and the reading of a brief summary by Mr. Fidel López, president of the Scientific Committee, on the events of these three intense days, the end of this stage of our journey arrived.

We hope that this Conference, which has been so special for us in many aspects, will also have been for you. Because it is you who make it possible to continue celebrating this type of event, and above all you who make it possible for nursing in this specific neurology field to continue developing at a dizzying pace.

For this we again wish to congratulate you on this 25th Anniversary. Thanks for your work, efforts and dedications SEDENE has been possible. We still have much work to do but if we have learned something from this Conference it is that this all began with someone who once dreamed of creating this Society.

Many thanks to all the attendees, speakers, authors and sponsors, to those who have accompanied us virtually through social media, to those who we cannot see but without whose work this would not be the same: the secretaries, technicians, cleaning staff, catering staff… and we would particularly like to mention a nurse who has accompanied us on this anniversary edition, Ms. Teresa Pérez. She has been the speaker, presenter and spokeswoman in the media, recounting everything that has gone on, minute by minute. Thanks Teresa for creating and helping us to connect to the #NeuroRed. And thank you for your fabulous summary on

Marañón said that “to rest is to begin to die”. Today we are continuing to work and to dream… because what would life be like if we stopped dreaming! So, … how about we continue dreaming together?

Conflict of interests

The authors have no conflict of interests to declare.

Please cite this article as: Funes Molina C, López Espuela F, Salvat Plana M, León López JA, Lendínez Mesa A, Palanca Cámara M, et al. Resumen del XXV Congreso Anual y I Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Neurológica. Rev Cient Soc Esp Enferm Neurol. 2019;49:4–7.

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