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.
Michael Macintosh (United Kingdom) Chairperson of the Education Committee.
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.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) share a common goal; to decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe. 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.
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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