Calling heart failure nurses – the Heart failure specialists of Tomorrow (HoT) initiative opens a world of opportunities for all young healthcare specialists working in heart failure, including you!
“Nurses are incredibly important members of our multidisciplinary health care teams for heart failure and we want to encourage them to join HoT and to take advantage of the benefits membership offers,” says Assistant Professor Angela Massouh (American University of Beirut, School of Nursing, Beirut, Lebanon), an Cardiology Clinical Nurse Specialist with 15 years of experience, and a Task Force member of the HoT Committee.
Assistant Prof. Massouh joined the HoT Committee last year, after an earlier chance meeting with HoT Committee Chair, Professor Ewa Jankowska, at a congress in the Middle East. She and Doctor Angela Durante have the responsibility of representing nurses. It is a task Assistant Prof. Massouh takes very seriously. “As a group, nurses are still underrepresented, and we want to highlight their role in the multidisciplinary team. We would really like to recruit more nurses to HoT and we are working on identifying initiatives that will appeal to those in research and those in clinical practice. Areas that we are currently exploring, with the help of nurse scientists on the ESC Board, include holding meetings at which nurses could present data on their research or clinical development to an experienced committee and to peers, and then use the feedback from this arena to help move their projects forward.”
Assistant Prof. Massouh credits HoT with helping her career. “HoT gave me an increased visibility and connectedness, and that this has really helped me at a personal level. When I first went to the ESC Congress as a fresh graduate starting out on my career in academia, I thought that being able to see the impact of my research was an almost impossible task. But then I met the HoT community, people of my own age with whom I could share ideas and experiences, and who gave me hope and belief in my work. The ESC is very supportive of HoT, so nurses can also benefit from the input of senior researchers and scientists in the field.”
Join HoT today! For more information visit: www.escardio.org/The-ESC/ESC-Young-Community/Heart-failure-specialists-Of-Tomorrow