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National Societies Committee

National Societies of Cardiovascular Nursing

The National Societies Committee was initiated in 2007. It is composed of representatives of National Societies in Cardiovascular Nursing.

Mary KerinsMary Kerins

Chair of the National Societies Committee

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The membership of the National Societies Committee consists of all current presidents of the European National Societies of Cardiovascular Nursing.

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National Societies Presidents

Friedrich Geyrhofer (Austria)
Eva Goossens (Belgium)
Ludmila Klemsová (Czech Republic)
Ana Ljubas (Croatia)
Grete Christensen (Denmark)
Anne Levaste (Finland)
Véronique Alibert (France)
Michael Jacobs (Germany)
Chrysoula Panagiotou (Greece)
Avril Lowry (Ireland)

Ofra Raanan (Israel)
Donatella Radini (Italy)
Sigita Sakne (Latvia)
Vincent Gatt (Malta)
Linda Joziasse (Netherlands)
Siv Olsen (Norway)
Izabella Uchmanowicz (Poland)
Manuel Belo Costa (Portugal)
Urska Hvala (Slovenia)
Concepcion Fernandez Redondo (Spain)
Maria Bäck (Sweden)
Gaby Stoffel (Switzerland)
Hannah Waterhouse (United Kingdom)


The National Societies Committee was founded to create collaboration between cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals throughout Europe.
This was to be achieved by learning from each other thanks to increasing exchanges and involvement in important cardiovascular and nurse-related topics.


The Chair of the National Societies Committee is the CCNAP Board Member responsible for the National Societies Committee.

Task Forces may be formed for specific purposes. Currently, two groups are engaged in implementation and dissemination of guidelines, with the aim to improve nurses awareness in this topic.

One group is working with a questionnaire to identify current attitudes, obstacles, impressions of nurses, doctor's attitudes; the other group is developing a toolkit with resources that could be used for different purposes.

The National Societies Committee elects a member to serve for 2 years in the CCNAP Nominating Committee.


To ensure efficient communication and flow of information between CCNAP and the Chairs/Presidents of the country representatives in Cardiovascular Nursing.

To involve the cardiovascular associations throughout Europe in the activities of CCNAP.
To promote CCNAP's activities and missions via the National Societies' websites and give an overview of CCNAP events including congresses.

To act as a resource to the CCNAP Board and Committees, and support the work of CCNAP to promote excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing through Practice, Education, and Research.


To increase collaborative projects such as the Guidelines Implementation Project.

The National Societies Presidents should be able to disseminate information to their cardiovascular nurses and allied professionals on what CCNAP represents, and understand the importance of becoming a CCNAP member to benefit from educational opportunities and gain knowledge.

Members are welcome to send their feedback, both positive and negative, to CCNAP.