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Education Committee

The Education Committee was initiated in 2008 by the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology.

The committee membership is comprised of expert cardiovascular nurses from European countries and the United States.

Members of the Education Committee (2016-2018)

Neil Angus (United Kingdom): Chairperson

  • Todd Ruppar (United States of America)
  • Alison Ketchell (United Kingdom)
  • Beata Jankowska-Polanska (Poland)
  • Joanne Loades (United Kingdom)
  • Maria Salomé Jesus-Coelho (Portugal)
  • Marjolein Snaterse (Netherlands)


To facilitate a learning framework for European cardiovascular nurses by developing  continuing education initiatives that provide knowledge and competencies in cardiovascular nursing care that are developed in partnership with health professionals, patients, family members, industry and the wider society to improve the quality of care for the cardiovascular population and those at risk for cardiovascular disease.


The Education Committee, a committee of the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions, promotes excellence in cardiovascular nursing through nursing and allied professional continuing education that prepares the cardiovascular professional for the future health challenges within the regulatory frameworks.


  1. To make an assessment of current cardiovascular education available in Europe and begin to delineate the knowledge and understanding, skills and professional behaviours required to support clinical practice and clinical responsibilities for cardiovascular nursing. This will be accomplished by encouraging interdisciplinary knowledge sharing amongst health professionals, patients, and family members with the mission to improve the quality of cardiovascular nursing care for European society.
  2. To position a well-defined, focused and internationally recognized core curriculum in cardiovascular nursing. This will be achieved by utilizing the existing evidence-base within cardiovascular nursing science, the core components identified by patients receiving care in Europe and through maximizing the emerging international networks of cardiovascular nurses within the European community towards a patient and family centered perspective.
  3. To develop on-line educational materials, in conjunction with ESC Associations and Industry partners, to address themes in the core curriculum for continuing education for cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals.

Core Curriculum

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) share a common goal: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.

One of the strategic aims of CCNAP is to improve cardiovascular patient outcomes through the development of tools that can support the harmonisation of education of nurses and allied professionals across Europe. This is especially important as nurses represent the largest sector of the health professional workforce and have a significant contribution to make which has not been fully realised to date.

The Education committee of the ESC developed a core curriculum to support the educational preparation of physicians training to become cardiologists in Europe, now accessible through an E-Learning platform.

The Education Committee of CCNAP has followed suit and has developed a core curriculum to provide a learning framework for the continuing professional development of post registration nurses working in cardiovascular settings. The curriculum has been developed for post-registration nurses, who wish to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills and work towards future specialist education (Additional specialist curricula and educational modules that link to the core curriculum for nurses are under development).

Whilst the core curriculum is not intended to cover all aspects of the highly complex role of cardiovascular nursing, the 8 central domains shown in attached figure characterise the science and art of nursing and are transferable across different levels of nursing practice. Each country has its own unique legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern nursing and accordingly will identify its own specific needs and priorities; the core curriculum for continuing professional development for nurses working in cardiovascular settings is a useful tool to assist in this process.