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Annual Spring Meeting

Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing 2009

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The Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions of the European Society of Cardiology (CCNAP) and the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association (INCA) are collaborating to present the 9th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.

The theme of the conference is “Addressing the Challenges in Cardiovascular Care” and will take place from 24 - 25, April 2009.

Learn more here on this international meeting for Cardiovasular Nursing Professionals (information includes scientific programme, abstract submission, registration, venue).

Special focus on topics such as:

  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Prevention / rehabilitation
  • Intervention / catheter lab
  • Heart failure / palliative
  • Cardiac surgery / transplantation

Key Dates

  • Abstract Submission Services Open: 1 October 2008
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2008
  • Abstract Results Available: early January 2009

Feedback from the 8th Annual Spring meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, 14-15 March 2008

The 8th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing was held on 14-15 March 2008 at the Hilton Hotel in the centre of Malmö, Sweden.

110 abstracts were submitted for the event which attracted 290 Nursing Professionals. The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions would like to thank all who participated to the success of the meeting.

Evolution of the CCNAP | A political approach for CCNAP | '6 good reasons to become a CCNAP member' Congratulations to Awardees... | Spring Meeting 2008 Scientific Programme | Spring Meeting 2009

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Interview with Steen D. Kristensen, ESC Board Member

 “I am indeed impressed by the quality of the scientific programme of the Spring Meeting.During the last two and a half years following the creation of the Council from being a Working Group, great developments are being made by CCNAP in 3 major areas:

  • clinical practice
  • science
  • education of cardiovascular nurses.

 There is a big difference in nursing education throughout Europe and one of the major goals of the CCNAP will be to level standards of education throughout Europe. But the Council will take on this challenge with its forthcoming Education Committee. S.D. Kristensen, ESC Board member

At present most of the members of the Council are from countries where English is frequently used. A second major objective will be to involve countries where fluency in English is not so common – this will be an important hurdle.

And of course CCNAP will also be active in the implementation of the Heart Health Charter – a significant initiative in its scope and purpose. The ESC mission to reduce the burden of CV disease in Europe is a great challenge and we, as heart professionals, must work in concert to fulfil this. The role of Nurses and of Allied Professionals is clearly very important.”

Did you miss the Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing?

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Evolution of CCNAP

From the Working Group established in 1991 to the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions we know today, the nursing community in the ESC has grown into a highly organised group addressing issues in education and research. In parallel, CCNAP has become increasingly active in networking and in participating in specific initiatives initiated by other groups. Today it is the umbrella for all nursing professionals in ESC activities.

And from today?

CCNAP will strive to make a difference in patient care and be strong in research and education. What are the practical means to do this? By improving clinical practice, implementing guidelines, assessing practice and by developing aspects of the Spring Meeting: encouraging the submission of abstracts; awarding travel grants. Educational and scientific collaboration with both ESC and non-ESC groups will continue to grow.

A political approach for CCNAP?

Prof. Lars RydenProfessor Lars Rydén intervened at the Spring Meeting to give a brief history of the political approach to improving health throughout the European community. Illustrating the various stages in the political history of the ESC and its alliances with political groups and professional organisations, Professor Rydén demonstrated the importance of approaching political bodies with strong simple messages and a unified stance, gained by joining forces with other groups.

The ESC has received political support from the European community since 2006 culminating in the European Heart Health Charter, launched in Brussels in June 2007. The European Heart Health Charter focuses on both health and illness; on promoting healthy lifestyles and on improving clinical practice.

Professor Rydén encouraged CCNAP to help hospitals reach out to the public. He proposed incorporating lifestyle clinics in hospitals where nursing professionals could help modify the accelerating unhealthy trends in lifestyle. Professor Rydén recommended that nurses and allied professions embark on a sophisticated educational programme in lifestyles to include psychology and the understanding of today’s environment.

6 good reasons to become a CCNAP member

Tone M. Norekvål, Chair of the CCNAP, reminded everyone of the advantages of becoming a CCNAP member :

  • Membership is free!
  • Members may receive offered sponsored educational courses.
  • The CCNAP journal, European Journal for Cardiovascular Nursing, is proposed at half-price to members.
  • You will be part of an international network of nursing professionals.
  • You will regularly receive information on CCNAP
  • Only CCNAP members can access positions on the CCNAP Board.


The following awards were presented at the Spring Meeting 2008. Congratulations to all awardees!

Oral Abstract Award
“ Continous Learning at a Thoracic Intensive Unit”
Göran Claesson, Per Jounger, Catharina Müler-Ahlgren
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Lund, Sweden  

Poster Abstract Award
“Severity of depressive symptoms is related to hospital admission in patient with heart failure”
Ivonne Lesman-Leegte a , Tiny Jaarsman a , Robert Sanderman b , Hans L. Hillege c , Dirk J. Van Veldhuisen a
a Department of Cardiology, COACH Study, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands
b Department of Psychology, University of Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Biotronic Award
“Telemonitoring in heart failure: Changing rols and challenging relationships? The HOME-HF study”
J. Riley a,c , O. Dar a , J. Gabe b , M.R. Cowie a
a Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
b Royal Holloway College, University of London, United Kingdom
c Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom


Scientific Programme of the Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing 2008

Friday 14 March
Saturday 15 March
Can we achieve Excellence in Care of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation?
Acute and Chronic Heart Failure: What’s New?


Is there Hope for Patients with Refractory Angina?
Telemonitoring: Improving Care in Hospital and Community


Parallel Sessions: Nursing Research, Prevention and Support in Transplant

A. Increasing Cardiovascular Nursing Research Capacity
B. Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: How to Assess Risk, Advise and Treat
C. Supporting Patients and Families Undergoing Transplant

After Lunch Debate: Clinical Guidelines: Chaos or Clarity?

Oral Abstract Session
Supporting Caregivers of Cardiac Patients

Parallel Oral Abstract Session

A. Improving Heart Failure Care
B. promoting Healthy Behaviour
C. Educational issues of nurses and patients

How to Cope with Patient and Family Issues at End of Life

Plus: Posters, Exhibitions, Oral Abstract Sessions, Awards


Past Meetings of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions

  • 7th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing:
    "Changing Practice to Improve Care”
    23 – 24 March 2007, Manchester (UK)

Past Meetings of the former ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing

  • 6th Annual Spring Meeting of the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing:
    "New Frontiers in Cardiac Care"
    5-6 May 2006, Bergen (NO)
  • 5th Annual Spring Meeting of the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing:
    "Advancing Nursing Practice"
    11-12 March 2005, Basel (CH)
  • 4th Annual Spring Meeting of the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing:
    "Cardiovascular Nursing - from science to practice"
    2-3 April 2004, Amsterdam (NL)
  • 3rd Annual Spring Meeting of the ESC Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing:
    "Cardiovascular Nursing - Holistic outlooks"
    11-12 April, 2003, Stockholm (SE)