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August 2007

Newsletter Summer 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Health Professionals (CCNAP) was officially launched in Barcelona on 5th September 2006. The Council has been developed from The Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing, and was created to provide an umbrella to coordinate the activities of cardiovascular nurses and allied professions within the ESC.

Annual ESC Congress in Vienna

CCNAP would like to welcome you to the annual ESC Congress 2007 in Vienna. Every year CCNAP submits a variety of proposals for the annual congress of the ESC, and this year we are once again pleased to present to you a varied and hopefully interesting programme. We have outlined the sessions below to help you plan your time at the congress:

SundaySept 2

08:30 – 10:00 Addressing Psychosocial Needs in Heart Disease, Lisbon Zone1

08:30 – 10:00 Staying Alert in the Management of Diabetes, Rome Zone 4

08:30 – 12:30 Poster session,poster area Zone 6 (presenters will be present at 10-11).

11:00 – 12:30 Acute Heart Failure: Are We Entering a New Era? Lisbon Zone 1


08:30 – 10:00 New Models of Nurse-Led Multidisciplinary Programmes, Lisbon Zone 1

11:00 – 12:30 The 2007 CVD Prevention Guidelines: From Guidance to Practice,
Bucharest Zone 1

11:00 – 12:30 Measuring Quality of Life in Cardiac Patients, Lisbon Zone 1

11:00 - 12:30 New technologies to improve patient care, Riga Zone 1

14:00 - 15:30 Bridging the gap between guidelines and clinical practice in heart failure,

Athens Zone 4

14:00 - 15:30 Abstract session: Nurse led management in acute cardiac care,
Algiers Zone 6

Wednesday Sept 5

08:30 – 10:00 Abstract session: State of the Art: Depression and Death in HF,
Helsinki Zone 2

CCNAP General Assembly

During the ESC Congress we will have our General Assembly where we outline the current and future activities of CCNAP and would encourage your input. The

General Assembly will take place on Monday, Sept 3, 12:45 - 13:45 in Berne, Zone 1. Lunchboxes will be provided.

Nurses Reception

In collaboration with the Austrian nurses we are hosting a reception at the JUSTIZCAFE, Ministry of Justice, Museumstrasse on Monday, Sept 3, at 19:30. A buffet-dinner and drinks will be served. The Reception is by invitation only, which means that you need to bring your invitation card with you to the Reception. Invitation cards will be handed out during the CCNAP General Assembly. Do not miss this opportunity to meet your international colleagues in a wonderful and historical environment.

CCNAP Committees

Since 2000 our working group – now CCNAP – has had an ongoing collaboration with National Societies on Cardiovascular Nursing throughout Europe. Recently a National Societies Committee was established and led by the CCNAP Board members Marcia Leventhal (CH) and Agustin Alonso (ES). In Vienna the meeting of the National Societies Committee will be held on Monday, Sept 3, at 15:30-16:30 in Meeting Room 5, Zone 1, first floor.

CCNAP does also have a Science Committee (UNITE) led by David Thompson (UK). The Science Committee provides advice to the CCNAP Board on Scientific matters and also undertakes international research projects. The CCNAP website provides an overview of UNITE publications.

CCNAP is in the process of setting up several more committees; an Advisory Committee, a Scientific Programme Committee and a Nominating Committee.

The European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

The journal publishes original articles, short report reviews and editorials on the broad field of cardiovascular nursing, including acute and chronic care, cardiac rehabilitation, and primary and secondary prevention, of adults and children as well as families. Contributions can be related to all aspects of care: education, research, practice or management. The Editor in Chief is Dr. Tiny Jaarsma (NL), supported by co-editors Prof. David Thompson (UK), Prof. Bengt Fridlund (SE) and newly appointed Dr. Anna Strömberg (SE). The editorial team is supported by an editorial board of recognised international experts in the field of cardiac care.

Annual Spring Meeting

We believe that it is important to maintain a strong interaction and understanding between cardiovascular nursing research and clinical nursing for the benefit of our patients. Our spring meetings act as a forum on the latest development in some areas of cardiology and cardiovascular nursing. The 8th Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing will take place in Malmö 13-15 March 2008. The abstract deadline is 1st of December, so put this date in your diaries. Attendance to the Spring Meeting will entitle you to a one year’s free subscription of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Postdoctoral Mentoring Programme in Cardiovascular Nursing

The Nursing Councils of the ESC and AHA have been collaborating in order to establish a postdoctoral Mentoring Programme. The purpose is to improve post doctoral education by providing opportunities to nurse researchers to strengthen their research skills and be mentored in an international context. It is envisioned that this can establish the foundation for future international research collaboration and multi-site studies, and open avenues for international exchange among nurse scholars. Encouraging international exchange and training of nurse scientists, the ESC and AHA are collaborating to fund a study period abroad. One fellow per year will be awarded up to US$ 14,000 to spend at least 3 months in a host institution. Applications need to be submitted before 1 November 2007.

The Atie Immink New Investigator Award

CCNAP has taken the initiative to establish the first research award in cardiovascular nursing at a European level. The award is named after one of the founders, and first chair of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing, Atie Immink. The prize is of 4,500 euros and will be awarded at the ESC Congress 2008. Applications need to be submitted before 14 February 2008.

CCNAP Membership

We are constantly encouraging nurses and allied professions to join CCNAP. The current membership is free. Many of your colleagues may wish to join an interactive and efficient network in Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions and participate in the Council scientific activities. We invite you to send this newsletter to your colleagues who can apply for membership online at They will then regularly receive the Council electronic communications.

The CCNAP Board member responsible for Membership issues is Carol Condon (IE).

Join us in our mission to promote excellence in Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions through practice, education and research.

On Behalf of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions,

Tone M. Norekvål, NFESC


The members of the CCNAP Board:

Tone M. Norekvål (NO) chair -

Prof. Christi Deaton (UK) vice chair -

Dr. Wilma Scholte op Reimer (NL) past chair -

Carol Condon (IR) secretary -

Kaat Siebens (BE) treasurer -

Dr. Johanna Heikkilä (FI) -

Marcia Leventhal (CH) -

Maria Meidani (GR) -

Agustin Alonso Moreno (ES) -

Dr Tiny Jaarsma (NL) - (ex officio)

Prof David Thompson (UK) - (ex officio)

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