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Education Committee Update January 2010

From Jan Martensson, Chair of the Education Committee

The purpose of the Education Committee on the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals is to facilitate the development of a core curriculum in cardiovascular nursing in Europe.
Cardiovascular Nursing


During 2010 the Education Committee will make an assessment of current cardiovascular education offerings in Europe and begin to delineate the core competencies and clinical responsibilities for cardiovascular nursing. In order to collect information about provision of post registration education in cardiovascular care, data about the content and structure of these programmes is required.

The objectives of the post registration cardiovascular nursing education survey are adapted from the curriculum for a European nursing training programme for clinical experts in heart failure care and consist of:

  • scope of cardiovascular conditions
  • diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions
  • impact of cardiovascular conditions on mortality and morbidity
  • pharmacologic treatments
  • medical and nursing treatments of cardiovascular disease
  • patient and family learning needs and pedagogical interventions for management of cardiovascular disease
  • patient and family life situation, psychosocial needs and psychosocial support
  • multidisciplinary team.

In addition to these objectives, questions about teaching and learning methods, assessment and curriculum evaluation used in the post registration cardiovascular nursing education are included.

As a result of this survey the Education Committee will make recommendations to the CCNAP Board on a future educational strategy, and the implementations of this strategy.