Sophia Antipolis, 12 May 2017: Cardiovascular nurses are showcasing their contribution towards the United Nations sustainable development goals on International Nurses Day.
Celebrated annually on 12 May, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birth, International Nurses Day was initiated by the International Council of Nurses in 1965. This year’s theme is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead. - Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” and highlights how nurses, through their daily clinical practice, address major health and social challenges.
The Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has more than 2 600 members worldwide.
“The goal of CCNAP activities is to empower and equip cardiovascular nurses in all sectors, including education, research and clinical practice, to respond effectively to patients’ needs,” said CCNAP Chairperson Professor Ekaterini Lambrinou. “Our work is in line with many of the sustainable development goals.”
Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), and 4 (Quality Education) are being pursued through a number of avenues. These include:
• Webinars led by CCNAP members that focus on healthcare and patients
• CCNAP Core Curriculum for the continuing professional development of cardiovascular nurses
• Workshops during the CCNAP annual EuroHeartCare congress
• CCNAP cardiovascular clinical case gallery to discuss real cases
• Training to implement ESC guidelines with the CCNAP Be Guidelines Smart Toolkit
• CCNAP Post-Doctoral Mentorship Award to support career development of new researchers.
Professor Lambrinou said: “The mission of CCNAP is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and improve patients’ lives. We support cardiovascular nurses at all levels of education and clinical experience to show the professional leadership required to bring change and implement evidence-based best practice.”
CCNAP nurses are working together with other cardiovascular health professionals to enhance patients’ quality of life. Some of the contributions towards goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) include:
• Participation in the ESC Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Programme which brings together expertise in prevention and rehabilitation, acute cardiovascular care, and cardiovascular nursing
• Collaboration on a Consensus Document on Global Cardiovascular Disease Prevention together with the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing of the American Heart Association
• Dissemination of cardiovascular nursing research through the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and EuroHeartCare congress
• Promotion of “Teamwork for Excellence in Cardiovascular Care” with the EuroHeartCare 2017 theme.
Professor Lambrinou said: “Cardiovascular nurses have a central role in providing high quality healthcare services. CCNAP will continue to support nurses around the world to find new treatments through their research and use best practice guidelines.”