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ACNAP: Its mission and vision

EuroHeartCare Congress News

Cardiovascular Nursing


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Since August 2018, when the ESC General Assembly voted to elevate CCNAP to ACNAP,  Doctor Tina Hansen, ACNAP President, has been keen to embrace the new ESC Association status.

The mission of ACNAP remains to build excellence in cardiovascular care through supporting the practice, education and research of nurses and allied professionals and advocating on their behalf,” she said, “but the vision is now enhanced.”

“During the first few months of ACNAP, the focus was on building the internal structure of the association, ensuring important roles for nurses and allied professionals within the ESC organisation to strengthen the influence of our community. Key global partnerships were identified, and future priorities set. The membership scheme was redesigned, and more members have been gained since we became an association.More information on membership can be found www.escardio.org/Marketing/ACNAPMembership-offer

“One of our main focus areas is to understand the needs of allied professional members and how we can support nurses working in clinical practice.”

“A Task Force was created to explore the involvement of allied professionals and, as part of this, a strategy summit of around 30 experts was convened just before EuroHeartCare 2019. Another of our immediate goals was to create an ACNAP Young Community—it’s very important to get younger members more involved, since they are the association’s future. As part of an ongoing process, we are assessing the needs of the Young Community, how we can lead them and help turn them into future leaders of ACNAP. We do hope you will join us for the Young Community launch event on Friday (12:45 - 13:45; Interactive Stage).

Education is another important area in the shortand long-term. The webinar series has been expanded to once quarterly and will cover a range of different topics as proposed by the Education Committee. We want to encourage members to register for upcoming webinars and also access past recordings, which are free for ACNAP Silver Members—visit  www.escardio.org/Education/ELearning/Webinars/Cardiovascular-nursing to find out more. New this year, ACNAP have offered Educational Grants to nurses and allied professionals who have limited access to funding or difficulties obtaining financial assistance to attend the EuroHeartCare 2019 Congress.

Regarding research, ACNAP continues to support researchers in the form of grants, awards and networking opportunities and will actively seek to develop research projects within the association and collaborative projects across bodies. We will ensure strong ACNAP representation in the development of new ESC Guidelines and will also begin to develop our own Position Papers.

We will continue to have close collaborations with ESC Patient Engagement, which is a core interest for us. Like ACNAP, the ESC Patient Forum was established in 2018, and strong links already exist.”

Dr. Hansen concluded, “ACNAP is your association and its direction and vision are shaped by the involvement of all our nurse and allied professional members. Taking part in one of our committees is a great way to contribute to an important conversation about how nurses and allied professionals can deliver the best possible care to patients with cardiovascular disease, and their families.

Join us at our Special Events:

Inaugural Session: Friday: 17:45 – 18:35; Orange 

ACNAP General Assembly: Saturday: 10:45 – 11:45; Green 1

Closing Session: Saturday: 15:15 – 16:15; Orange