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ESC Nurse Fellowship criteria

The main purpose of creating a Nurse Fellowship is to provide the Society with a team of nurses whose responsibilities are to uphold and develop the professional contribution of nursing to cardiac care throughout Europe, particularly by means of the greater integration and collaboration of the activities of the various National Nurses’ Societies.

Requirements for application | Application proceduresElection process | Privileges for Nurse Fellows | Nurse Fellowship fee rules | Exemption of payment rules | The Emeritus Nurse Fellow

Nurse Fellowship introduction

Nurses eligible for Nurse Fellows should have gathered special experience in the field of cardiac care over several years; should have distinguished themselves in clinical practice; should have been involved in the educational, investigational, organizational or professional aspects of cardiac nursing.

Applications will be evaluated by the ESC Credentials Committee, in consultation with a representative of the field of cardiac nursing, if necessary.

Requirements for application

A Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (NFESC) is an outstanding honour because it distinguishes holders from the regular nurse members of the ESC on the basis of their unique personal achievements.

Candidates must be nurses whose name currently appears in the Professional Register of the country in which they practice. A minimum of ten years of practical experience after qualification is required, the majority of which must have been spent in cardiac care.

A candidate from within Europe should be a member of good standing of a National Nurses’ Society, where it exists, or of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP).

A candidate from Europe and outiside Europe must submit the following documents:
  • Complete Curriculum Vitae: including list of professional activities, eg. teaching, publications, research, etc.

  • Copy of nursing diploma

  • Letter(s) certifying Hospital Appointment(s)

  • 2 supporting letters: one from a President of a National Cardiac Society and one from the Chairperson of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP)

Application procedures

When applying for the ESC Nurse Fellowship online, please follow the procedures below:

1. Browse the documentation requested and upload (all documentation has to be translated in English)
2. Submit the application before the annual deadline of 30 September
3. Applications should be sent via the online submission system (no paper submissions will be accepted) to the European Heart House (Membership Services Departement) by the applicant or by any of the constitutional bodies of the ESC (National Cardiac Society, ESC Association, ESC Working Group, CCNAP).

The application should be made electronically via the dedicated online system. The application must contain all above specified documents.

The deadline for applications is 30 September, year N for ESC Nurse Fellowship to be awarded during the ESC Congress in year N+1. The newly elected NFESC will be informed in November, year N of acceptance / rejection of the application.

The newly elected ESC Nurse Fellows should pay the Nurse Fellowship fee before 15 December, year N. Thus, all NFESC benefits, privileges and duties formally begin on 1 January, year N+1.
Alternatively, the newly elected ESC Nurse Fellows may pay the first Nurse Fellowship fee immediately after the reception of the notification by email, of the election as Nurse Fellows (ie for the year N+1). In this case they will benefit from the ESC Nurse Fellows privileges upon receipt of the payment.

Election process

Applications submitted after the annual deadline are not considered by the ESC Credentials Committee. The ESC Credentials Committee reviews complete applications only and the candidate is informed by email of acceptation/rejection of the application.

Privileges for Nurse Fellows

The payment of the yearly Nurse Fellowship fee includes the following personal advantages:
  • A subscription to European Heart Journal (EHJ) or European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (EJCN)
  • A subscription to the Dialogues in Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
  • A subscription to My ESC News – Special Fellows Editions
  • Congresses and educational programmes related information
  • Entrance to the ESC Congress

Special ESC Congress related advantages including:

  • Advance priority hotel booking
  • Fast track registration at the “Fellows Desk”
  • Gold badge
  • Access to the exclusive "Fellows Lounge"
  • Fellows and Nurse Fellows online Directory
  • Nurse Fellowship Diploma

Nurse Fellowship fee rules

The yearly Nurse Fellowship fee is 200 Euros and covers the period of 1 January to 31 December (year N+1).The request for payment for previously-elected, confirmed, Nurse Fellows is mailed in November (year N) and the payment must be received before 15 December (year N) to ensure the delivery of the selected Journal early January (when the Nurse Fellowship fee is paid on time).

Payment should be made preferably online.

On 1 January, all advantages for Nurse Fellows will be stopped if the Nurse Fellowship fee remains unpaid.

After 2 years of non-payment of fees, consecutively or not, the Nurse Fellow will be informed of his/her exclusion from the ESC Nurse Fellowship, unless payment is received within 3 months.

An excluded Nurse Fellow will remain a Member of the ESC if he/she is a Member of an ESC Constituent Body, and his/her reintegration in the ESC Nurse Fellowship register will be accepted upon payment of all due fees.
A "pay in order" principle applies: the Nurse Fellowship fee is due every year and one may only pay the Nurse Fellowship fee of the given year, upon payment of the fee of the previous year.

Exemption of payment rules

In the case where a Nurse Fellow is unable to pay his/her Nurse Fellowship fee, he/she must contact the Membership Services Departement before November, giving the full reason for his/her inability to send the payment. The reason should be unexpected (eg sudden significant illness or similar). Differences in economic standards of various countries will not be accepted as reason for exemption, as far as this was known to the candidate before he/she applied for the ESC Nurse Fellowship.
The ESC Credentials Committee will then take a decision. Exemption will be possible only for specific reasons and the evaluation will be made on a case by case basis. The exemption is valid only for one year and cannot be repeated.

A Nurse Fellow exempted from payment will retain Nurse Fellowship but cannot claim Nurse Fellows' privileges such as subscription to an ESC Journal or entrance to the ESC Congress and its onsite Nurse Fellows advantages.

The Emeritus Nurse Fellow (ENFESC)

The status of Emeritus Nurse Fellow will be conferred by the ESC Credentials Committee upon written request of the Nurse Fellow when he/she reaches minimum age of 65 years, and retires from full-time work. Proof of retirement should be provided to the Membership Services Departement.
An Emeritus Nurse Fellow retains the title of Fellow but is no longer required to pay the annual Nurse Fellowship fee.
He/she is entitled to attend the ESC Congress at a reduced registration fee that will also include one of the ESC Journal subscription for one year.

The status of Emeritus Nurse Fellows of the European Society of Cardiology will not be offered to Nurse Fellows with outstanding fees unpaid to the ESC.