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ACNAP Online Course on Syncope 2024

2nd edition

18/01/2024 09:00 01/03/2024 10:00 Europe/Paris ACNAP Online Course on Syncope 2024

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Cardiovascular Nursing


This online educational programme on the 2018 ESC Guidelines for the Diagnosis/Management of Syncope has been developed for healthcare professionals, specifically for nurses and allied professionals working in all areas of syncope and related disorders.

Following a successful first edition in 2021, ACNAP decided to organise a second course with added subtitles in Italian, Spanish and French.

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Syncope Pocket Guidelines.jpgSyncope is a transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) due to transient global cerebral hypoperfusion, characterised by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery. While there are other causes of TLOC, syncope is present when there is the:

  1. presence of features of reflex, orthostatic hypotension, or cardiac syncope, AND
  2. absence of features specific to other forms of TLOC.

In 2018, the ESC released guidelines on the diagnosis and management of syncope. The aim of this course is to:

  • Support skills development for professionals working in all areas of cardiovascular care related to the management of syncope.
  • Promote the use of the guidelines, ensuring that they are enabled to diagnose and manage syncope effectively.

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals, particularly nurses and allied professionals working in all areas of syncope and related disorders. This course can be of particular interest to either Italian, Spanish or French speakers as subtitles will be available in those languages.

Learning objectives

  • Understand diagnosis and management of syncope.
  • Be able to describe the ESC guidelines on syncope.
  • Understand how to implement ESC guidelines on syncope in practice.
  • Learn how loop recorders are implanted for longer-term diagnostic strategies.

Programme and timeline

This programme will be delivered on ESC eLearning over six weeks.

Dates Programme Format and duration
18 January - 29 February 2024 Session 1 - Syncope: diagnosis and management *Recorded sessions - 60 minutes each
Session 2 - ESC Guidelines on syncope: key messages
Session 3 - How to implement ESC Guidelines on syncope in practice
Session 4 - Learn how loop recorders are implanted for longer-term diagnostic strategies
15 February at 09:30 CET Zoom discussion with the course tutors - Session 1 Live sessions in English - 30 minutes each

15 February at 10:05 CET

Zoom discussion with the course tutors - Session 2
22 February at 09:30 CET Zoom discussion with the course tutors - Session 3
22 February at 10:05 Zoom discussion with the course tutors - Session 4
29 February  2018 ESC Guidelines on Syncope: Test your knowledge **60 multiple-choice questions to answer in 90 minutes

*These lectures will be recorded and be available to all course participants to watch at any time (on-demand) during the six-week course.

** MCQ test available via the ESC eLearning from 29 February 2024, 09:00 CET to 1 March, 10:00 CET. Passed this timeframe, the MCQ test will no longer be accessible.

Translations available in Italian, Spanish and French

  • Subtitles are available in the four recorded sessions in English, Spanish, Italian and French
  • MCQ test fully translated into the above languages

The rest of the course content will remain in English.


Ciara Rice.jpgCiara Rice - Course Director

St. James Hospital
Dublin, Ireland


Lynne Hinterbuchner.jpgLynne Hinterbuchner 


University of Applied Science Upper Austria 
Wels, Austria


Marieke van der Heijden.jpgMarieke van der Heijden

Clinical nurse specialist for pacing-electrophysiology

Middlemore Hospital
Auckland, New Zealand


Alice Pearsons_photo 2023.jpgAlice Pearsons

Research Fellow

Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Application deadline: 17 December 2023

Registration is now closed.

This course is open to ACNAP Members: 

  • ACNAP Silver Members: free
  • ACNAP Associates: 25 euros (+VAT)

You must have an active ACNAP Membership at the date of the registration.

Important notes

  • A limited number of spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t wait to register!
  • You will need to have a 'My ESC' account to register and secure your place. If you don't have an ESC account, don't panic! Follow the steps to create your account and become an ACNAP member. This will only take a few minutes.
  • Four moderated sessions will be held via Zoom discussions for you to drop in and engage with the course tutors. Participation is not mandatory but we encourage you to attend and ask as many questions as you need to get ready for the MCQ test.
  • Short MCQs will be available on ESC eLearning to test your knowledge once the recorded sessions are released online.
  • You must fully watch all four recorded sessions to be able to access the final MCQ Test via the eLearning platform.
  • A certificate of course completion (in English only) will be delivered to each participant who successfully passes the final MCQ Test. 

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Course Platform

The course will be accessible on ESC eLearning and will open on 18 January 2024.

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