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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.

The ACNAP Board has named three outstanding young healthcare professionals to spearhead an initiative to increase support and opportunities for young community (YoCo) nurses and allied professionals delivering cardiac care.

The three YoCo leaders (profiled below) will work together and with the ACNAP Board to assess what young members need and how to support them, while ensuring that their views are 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 the Department of Cardiology at Odense University Hospital in Denmark. Her PhD thesis is titled, ‘Optimising the Clinical Pathway after Open Heart Valve Surgery – Readmissions, Patient-Reported Outcomes and Health Economic’. It consists of data from both the DenHeart Study and the INVOLVE Study. Britt is also part of a multidisciplinary team within other research areas, including ischemia, cardiac arrest and patient involvement. She supports broad development and education within nursing.

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 in Belgium in September 2018 with a PhD thesis titled, ‘Towards More Integrated Care for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation’. She started her doctoral studies in October 2014 under the supervision of Profs. Hein Heidbuchel, Secretary and Executive Board Member of the European Heart Rhythm Association, and Prof. Paul Dendale, President of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology. Lien now works as a postdoctoral researcher at Antwerp University Hospital and at Jessa Hospital in Hasselt, where she began her PhD studies five years ago. 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, conducting research studies in acute coronary syndrome and cardiac biomarkers. She is also a PhD student studying mixed methods into the use of cardiac troponin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Previously, Stacey worked on a cardiovascular screening programme before obtaining a master’s 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. Create 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 "Regular" membership, allowing you to be part of ACNAP and receive our newsletters
  • A paying "Silver" membership, at only €45 per year including: unlimited access to webinars (live sessions and post recordings), discounts at EuroHeartCare and ESC congresses, a free annual subscription to the ACNAP journal, eligibility to obtain grants, mentoring initiatives, networking and social events.


YoCo National Ambassador

In September 2019, the YoCo Committee and ACNAP President Tina Hansen appointed National Ambassadors for 15 countries with a mandate to expand the community of young nurses and allied professionals in the cardiology field by sharing information about community needs and becoming the main points of contact for their peers.

Discover the list of YoCo National Ambassadors appointed in 2019.

Is your country represented yet? If not, make the voice of your country heard and spread the word about ACNAP YoCo.

Become A YoCo Ambassador

Stay Connected

Join our ACNAP YoCo group on Facebook. 

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