The power of possibility for global facilitation and connection in the midst of a Pandemic

Ms Catherine Schofield1

1Tasmanian Dept Of Health, , Australia


Catherine Schofield is a graduate of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Global Nursing Leadership InstituteTM (GNLITM) program.  Up until 2020, the centrepiece of this program was a 7-day residential in Geneva. When Covid-19 happened the program  responded quickly to the inability to meet in person and  created an online model of facilitation and collaboration so the program could continue.

Catherine answered a call to become a regional co-facilitator for that program and would like to share her experience, with regards to the professional and personal challenges and opportunities this initiative has given her.

In particular:

  • rapid development of online facilitation skills
  • development of new professional networks
  • globally connecting at a time when people were isolating
  • juggling time difference challenges
  • overcoming language barriers
  • understanding cultural differences
  • developing strong working relationships
  • supporting the scholars to meet the programs expectations
  • time management
  • working with the unknown
  • negotiating with work, personal and family commitments

Catherine is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved in something so positive, at a time that has been  devastating for so many.

She considers that the ability of the program, the ICN, the lead facilitators, as well as all the regional co-facilitators and scholars who became involved and adapted so quickly to this ever-changing environment is a testament to the power and passion of the nursing and midwifery professions.


Catherine Schofield  RN MN CGNC, is clinical advisor to the Tasmanian Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing. After a 40 year career she remains a passionate inspirational leader, a practice development facilitator for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Leadership Institute Program (GNLI) and the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC).

Catherine sits on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and is an alumnus of both the Tasmanian Leaders Program and the ICNs GNLI Program. In 2021 Catherine was certified a Global Nurse Consultant by the ICN and inducted onto the Tasmanian Nurses and Midwives Honour Roll.