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International Nurses Day

Sanofi recognizes the global nursing community as a key influencer in improving the management of chronic diseases.

To celebrate International Nurses Day (IND), Sanofi are conducting a roundtable discussion with senior Sanofi executives and nurse KOLs, to discuss the findings of their research into “the role of nurses in leadership”.

As a partner closely involved with key stakeholders in the global nursing community, Sanofi is proud to sponsor IND this year. This is a core element in the Connecting Nurses (www.connecting-nurses.com) initiative, supported by Sanofi to enhance the role of nurses in advancing healthcare. For example, Sanofi Renal Unit has developed an educational game for dialysis patients and their caregivers as nurses. This interactive tool called “Phosphorus Mission” is intended to improve chronic kidney disease awareness, dietary choices and phosphorus management

International Nurses Day

At Sanofi, we are proud of the Connecting Nurses partnership, which we developed with four of the leading nurse associations including the International Council of Nurses, which represents more than 14 million nurses worldwide,” commented Chris Viehbacher, CEO, Sanofi, who is actively involved in the project.

David Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses, added: “Nurses are the principal providers of primary health care in most nations of the world. Working with esteemed partners such as Sanofi further empowers our efforts to bring nurses together and advance nursing worldwide, influencing health policy to benefit people living with chronic diseases.

Working together in diabetes and chronic disease management

New research conducted by Sanofi Diabetes in partnership with renowned nursing experts has revealed opportunities and potential for nurses to inform and influence healthcare policy and practices affecting global diabetes management at executive committee level.

A senior panel of nursing and diabetes experts discussed the core findings at a roundtable event filmed on site at Sanofi HQ, La Boétie, in Paris, on International Nurses Day (16 May 2013).

International Nurses Day

Anne Felton, President of the Foundation of European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) and David Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses, , joined Pierre Chancel, Senior Vice-President and Head of Sanofi Diabetes, and Jean Francois Brin, Senior Vice-President and Head of Sanofi Patient Centered Solutions.

I was surprised to discover just how few senior nurses are engaged today at an executive level within global organizations with responsibility for creating and co-ordinating policies driving healthcare standards worldwide,” commented Anne Felton, President of FEND.

As those with the vital experience, knowledge and competencies of implementing healthcare in practice, nurses can and do add significant value in senior, strategic positions. I hope this research serves to increase the number of nurses in leadership positions working to advance healthcare.

The full findings of the research will also be published as a White Paper Report (The Changing Role of Nurses in Leadership and Advancing Healthcare) later this year.

An edited version of the recording is available to view online via Sanofi TV:



Diabetes Knowledge and Education Microsite

Sanofi Diabetes has also created a new Knowledge and Education microsite providing nurses with educational materials and support for patients. Accessed directly from the Connecting Nurses website, it is an open-access global microsite with assets available for download in several languages. Aimed at healthcare professionals only, the site will be live later this summer.

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