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ACNAP Young Community (YoCo)

About YoCo


ACNAP YoCo was created to support all nurses and allied professionals under the age of 40. The aim is to transfer existing knowledge and expertise within ACNAP to the young members in order to support them within the cardiovascular field and in delivering high quality care for patients and in research.

Three YoCo leaders have been appointed to launch this initiative. They will work together to assess the needs of the young community and identify how ACNAP can provide support. The YoCo leaders will also work closely with the ACNAP Board to ensure that the voice of the young community is reflected in the overall ACNAP strategy.

Who are they ?

Britt Borregaard, RN, MSc, PhD student (Denmark)

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Britt is a nurse and PhD student employed in a joint collaboration between the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery and Department of Cardiology at Odense University Hospital, Denmark. Her PhD is titled; “Optimising the clinical pathway after open heart valve surgery - readmissions, patient-reported outcomes and health economic” and consists of data from both the DenHeart study and the INVOLVE study. Alongside her PhD studies, Britt is also part of a multidisciplinary research team within other research areas (including ischemia, cardiac arrest and research within patient involvement), and she supports development and education within nursing more broadly.

Areas of interest: heart valve diseases (open heart valve surgery and TAVI), patient involvement, interventional trials, patient-reported outcomes, ischemia, cardiac surgery and cardiac arrest.

Lien Desteghe, MSc, PhD (Belgium) 

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 Lien graduated as a Biomedical Scientist from Hasselt University, Belgium. In October 2014, she started a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hein Heidbuchel and Prof. Dr. Paul Dendale at the Jessa Hospital in Hasselt. In September 2018, she defended her PhD titled “Towards more integrated care for patients with atrial fibrillation.” Currently, she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Antwerp University Hospital and the Jessa Hospital. She is also affiliated with both Antwerp University and Hasselt University.

Areas of interest: atrial fibrillation, integrated care, patient education, oral anticoagulation and adherence, telemedicine and mobile health and risk factor management

Stacey Stewart, BSc (Hons), MN, RN (UK)

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Stacey is a cardiology research nurse at the University of Edinburgh, working on research studies in acute coronary syndrome and cardiac biomarkers. She is also a PhD student conducting a mixed-methods study into the use of cardiac troponin to improve the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Prior to this, Stacey worked in the community on a cardiovascular screening programme before undertaking a masters degree in Nursing in Clinical Research.

Areas of interest: Primary prevention, risk communication, risk stratification, cardiac biomarkers (high-sensitivity cardiac troponin), acute coronary syndrome and patient and public involvement

What are the Objectives ?

  1. Increase the number of young Nurses and Allied Professionals within ACNAP
  2. Support the careers of young Nurses and Allied Professionals
  3. Provide educational resources to better meet the needs of ACNAP YoCo
  4. Provide networking opportunities
  5. Promote attendance and provide dedicated YoCo events at EuroHeartCare and ESC Congresses.  


In December 2018, ACNAP launched a new membership programme offering :

  • A large range of benefits and services to better serve the ACNAP community
  • A free category "Regular" allowing you to be part of ACNAP and receive our newsletters
  • A paying level "Silver", at only €45 per year including: unlimited access to webinars (live sessions and post recordings), discounts at EuroHeartCare and ESC Congresses, free annual subscription to the ACNAP journal, eligibility to obtain grants, mentoring initiatives, networking and social events.


Become a YoCo National Ambassador

ACNAP YoCo is looking to appoint National Ambassadors who will represent their country. The role of a YoCo National Ambassador is to create and expand the community of young nurses and allied professionals in the cardiology field by sharing the community needs of their national peers.

Make the voice of your country heard and spread the word of ACNAP YoCo around you.

Become A YoCo Ambassador

Stay Connected

Join our “ACNAP YoCo” group on Facebook. 

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