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A major step forward for cardiovascular nurses and allied health professionals – a new Association is born!

ESC Congress News 2018 - Munich, Germany

If you’re one of the 806 cardiovascular nurses or allied professionals attending ESC Congress, then you’ll be particularly pleased to know that at yesterday’s General Assembly, the ESC voted to elevate the long-standing ESC Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) to an Association, one of only seven within the ESC.

Cardiovascular Nursing


ACNAP-Logo-official.pngThe ESC CCNAP was officially launched in Barcelona in 2006. Current Chair, Associate Professor Ekaterini Lambrinou (Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus) said, “With more than 3,000 members worldwide, the mission of our organisation has been to support both research-active and clinical nurses and allied health professionals to deliver the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular disease and their families. This is an exciting era for international cardiovascular nursing, but our mission remains the same.”

Since its inception, the CCNAP has made significant strides, including: the creation of the highly informative annual congress, EuroHeartCare; the top-ranking European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing; development of educational resources, such as the Core Curriculum and the Comprehensive Guidelines Implementation Toolkit; and many career enhancement and mentorship programmes.

Vice-Chair, Doctor Tina Birgitte Hansen (Zealand University Hospital, Denmark) explained, “Nurses and allied health professionals play a pivotal role in cardiac care. Evolution of the CCNAP to the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) gives further strength to our growing community. It will allow us to collaborate and contribute at an equal level with other subspecialties and associations within the ESC so that we can play an even greater role in the delivery of optimal cardiovascular care.”

“Creation of the ACNAP reflects the continued growth and increasing recognition of the important part that nurses and allied health professionals have to play in cardiac care.”

While plans for the new ACNAP are in development, Dr. Hansen described important areas for the future, “We would like to increase our focus on targeting ACNAP activities at allied professionals, engage more nurses working in clinical practice in ACNAP activities, continue to stimulate research and participate even more actively in partnerships with external stakeholders and across professions.” Nurses and allied health professionals—we welcome you to join the new ACNAP.

 

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Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2018

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2018 takes place 25 to 29 August at the Messe München in Munich, Germany. Explore the scientific programme