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EfCCNa News May 2022
This is the first EfCCNa newsletter 2022 and with this we provide you with the latest information regarding the federation itself and its member organisations and of course what is going on in the field of critical care nursing. Enjoy reading.

EfCCNa is very concerned about the safety of nurses and their families and stand in solidarity with the people and healthcare workers caught up in the conflict in Ukraine.  

The European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations (EfCCNa) represents approximately 25.000 European critical care nurses in 31 national member associations, is concerned about the health and well-being of the population of Ukraine and its nurses and health professionals and condemn the invasion of Ukraine.

Critical Care Nurses deliver specified care and treatment to all patients without fear or favour and they must be allowed to do their work in a safe environment, protected from violence and threats. Hospitals and health care facilities must be protected and shielded from harm as stated in international regulations and the Geneva Convention. The precious work they do can only be achieved through lasting peace!

Secure peace in Ukraine!

2nd EfCCNa Webinar successfully held

The 2nd EfCCNa webinar on 'Taking care of the ICU Nurse during the pandemic' took place on March 24 and was again free of charge for all interested Critical Care Nursing Colleagues from Europe and abroad.
Almost 250 delegates from four continents had registered for that virtual event and an average of 160 people had been continuously online.
Great speakers and audience - obviously there is still big interest in this topic as the pandemic has had such a huge impact not only on the professional life of critical care nurses.

For all colleagues who couldn't attend: the record of the webinar will soon be available on the EfCCNa website.
EfCCNa Council meeting Spring 2022
The Spring Council meeting was held virtually on April 23, 2022. 

Short Summary President’s report
  • Colette Ram welcome  the new representatives: Tiziana Marano (Italy), Jarkko Koskieniemi (Finland) and Joséfine Declaye (Belgium)
  • EfCCNa Strategy: needs to be updated and is currently “under construction”, the work has to be completed from the new Board
  • Board position “Secretary”: has been vacant during last year, the duty was taken over by Karin Klas and Anne Kokko, therefore no other person was co-opted
  • Board position “Treasurer”: has been vacant during last year, the task was kept by treasurer Drago Satosek
  • Annual report: the report is in progress, for some content is still missing (e.g. information of Chamber of Commerce).
  • EfCCNa Webinars: they were provided with great positive response from the participants. The records of the webinars are accessible via the EfCCNa Website
    • 1st Webinar: ICU Nursing after the Covid-19 pandemic – what did we gain? Almost 100 delegates have participated
    • 2nd Webinar: Taking care of the ICU Nurses during the pandemic. Almost 250 delegates from four continents had registered
  • EfCCNa Statement War in Ukraine: a statement to endorse the Ukraine healthcare Workers. It’s available on the EfCCNa Website 
All things come to an end ...
     Prof Bronagh Blackwood                                                                             Anne Kokko

All good things come to an end ...

Bronagh Blackwood and Anne Kokko, two highly motivated and inspirational persons have had lasting contribution to the growth, establishment and profile of EfCCNa.
Both started as representatives from their national nursing association and became members of the Board of Officers in many roles. Bronagh was Vice-president of EfCCNa for two terms and President of EfCCNa for two terms till she left the board of officers in 2021.
Anne was treasurer for two terms and Vice-president of EfCCNa for two terms till she left the board of Officers in May 2022.

Dear Bronagh and Anne, thank you so much for your everlasting contribution to EfCCNa and for your valuable services and hard work in promoting EfCCNa and critical care nursing in Europe. It’s been a great pleasure to work with you and we will definitely miss you both.
The EfCCNa family wishes you both all the best for your future and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming 9th EfCCNa congress 2022 in The Netherlands.
EfCCNa Board Elections
During the Council meeting Board Elections were performed for the position of vice president, secretary, board member, treasurer. Anne Kokko presented the list of the candidates who agreed the nominations to the Council members and here are the results:
Julie Benbenishty, EfCCNa Vice-president
Julie Benbenishty from Jerusalem is a nurse working currently as an academic consultant to the clinical nurses working at Hadassah and associate professor teaching Master of Clinical Nursing at the school of nursing.
Julie's core values are working for social justice and health equality in the land of Israel. She has co-founded a nonprofit organization "Nurses in the Middle East" together with Naela Hayek promoting health equality in the land of Israel. Julie is very active in the Israeli Society of Cardiac and Critical nursing where she chairs the Evidenced based practice group. Julie is inspired daily by her husband, 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Karin Klas, EfCCNa Secretary
Karin Klas from Vienna is the Austrian delegate and member of the EfCCNa board.
She is an expierenced critical care nurse (CCRN, pediatric CCRN) for more than 20 years and also a Nurse educator and Nurse scientist.
Currently she is working as director of Homecare education facility and as a lecturer for critical care and nursing at the University of applied sciences in Klagenfurt/Carinthia.
Zaneta Bogoevska-Miteva, Board Member
Zaneta has been representing the Republic of Northern Macedonia in the Council since 2016. She is an ICU Nurse, working in the Hospital “Filip Vtori” in Skopje and she is active in nursing education and in supporting scientific research amongst critical care nurses.  Additionally she has an active role as intra-hospital infection control nurse, is part of IHI team. 
IMPORTANT: the position for treasurer is still open. Therefore a mentorship program for a new Board member – currently the treasurer - will be created. The possible new treasurer will be mentored by the current  postholder for some time, if needed for one year. The mentor would have the main responsibilities of taking care of the EfCCNa finances during the mentoring process!
Interested council members, please feel free to inform the Board if your are your interested in this important task!
9th EfCCNa Congress

Come and join us

at Europe's largest critical care nursing congress!

The programme is already set up and looks very promising. There will be an interesting mix of professional nursing topics from all critical care disciplines, paediatrics included.
Three keynote speakers are going to provide an inspiring insight in their field of expertise.
And of course, after these times of isolation we are very keen to meet again in person with our European colleagues. Let's celebrate that we can have an in-person Congress again! There will be plenty of opportunities to network.
Dont miss the Welcome Reception and especially the Congress Party at the spectacular Winkel van Sinkel on Friday 2 September. Enjoy a nice dinner, music and dance and above all the company of your friends and colleagues.
Register before the early fee deadline and save 85 euro!    
Mark your calendar: 15 June 2022
Register here
More detailed information on the programme and social event e.g. on the EfCCNa congress website

Book your hotel as soon as possible! Rooms in 4 hotels have been arranged at preferential rates and favourable booking conditions, but there is a limited number of rooms available and the room block will be gradually released. Only a credit card guarantee is needed to guarantee your reservation, no prepayment is required. Rooms can be cancelled free of charge until 2-7 days prior to arrival. See the Accommodation page 

Please notice:
  • Due to the big interest in hospital visits in relation to the available slots we had to close this option already!
  • We have been made aware of several scam emails and phishing attempts sent to EfCCNa speakers/participants. The emails are from (pretending to book your accommodation for the Congress). If you are contacted by that email address, or another one you don't know, please do not reply. EfCCNa and the organisers will NOT approach you by phone, email, WhatsApp or text message to offer so-called ‘good deals’ on hotel rooms. Do not share your contact and/or credit card details with anyone approaching you by phone, email, WhatsApp or text message.
Keynote Speakers 9th EfCCNa Congress

Dr. Joseph Manning

Clinical-Academic Children’s Nurse, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, UK

Dr Joseph Manning MBE is a Clinical-Academic Children’s Nurse with a strong national and international profile within the fields of nursing, paediatric critical care, and clinical academic capacity and capability development.  He is the first registered children’s nurse in the UK to be awarded an HEE NIHR ICA Clinical Lectureship and is seen as a trailblazer in his field. He has meaningful concurrent engagement in clinical practice and research, holding frontline healthcare and senior leadership roles (Nottingham Children’s Hospital, UK) and an Associate Professorship /Co-lead of the Centre for Children and Young People Health Research (University of Nottingham, UK). 

Keynote lecture: Insights and priorities from clinical practice connecting with research  (preliminary title; tbc)

Prof. Dr. Pieterbas Lalleman

Professor of Nursing Leadership, Research group for Person-centredness in an Ageing Society at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Pieterbas Lalleman is Professor of Nursing Leadership at the Research group for Person-centredness in an Ageing Society at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He work on several project related to nursing governance and leadership such as the RN2Blend study on differentiated nursing practice,  the rebel nurse leadership study (REBEL-V-study), nurse opinion leadership study (RN-OPINION-study) and a study on nurse councils and nurses in boards of directors (RN@TOP-study). He is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Alberta and works as a district nurse at Buurtzorg. He is the chair of the Historical College FNI at the Dutch Nurses Association. 

Keynote lecture: Nursing leadership during pandemics in a historical perspective


Prof. Dr. Jos M. Latour

Professor in Clinical Nursing, University of Plymouth, UK

Jos Latour is professor in clinical nursing at the University of Plymouth in the UK. Jos has been an intensive care nurse for over 30 years. His clinical post is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, UK, where he is the director of the Clinical School aiming to drive research forward with clinical staff. The research programmes of Jos are related to patient and family-centred care, end-of-life care, emergency care and sepsis. Jos has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He is an associate-editor of two peer-reviewed journals and editorial board member of several other international journals.

Keynote lecture: From globalisation to slowbalisation - maintaining our workforce and standards in critical care

Eva Barkestad
Critical Care Nurse and head of ICU education at Danderyds hospital Stockholm, SE

Eva started her nursing career in 1978.  She worked as a beside nurse on the ICU and acted as head nurse for a few years.
Since 2003 holds her current positon as Head of Education at the ICU in Danderyds hospital.

Eva has been involved in national and international organisations as ANIVA, EfCCNa and WFCCN.

She is also an adjourned lecturer and guest lecturer at Karolinska University and Red Cross Nursing school in Stockholm. 

Lecture:  Patient experience with COVID-19 
Sponsoring at the EfCCNa Congress
EfCCNa is grateful for the support of our congress sponsors:

Gold Sponsors
Managing Patients with a Chest Drain with Confidence
Chest drains are not uncommon in patients hospitalized in intensive care for the treatment of thoracic traumas and pleural pathologies. Attentive and specialized nursing care is essential in the prevention of serious complications. Nurses need to be competent in the care of these patients and understand the principles of therapy and systems applied.
True to the EfCCNa motto 'Working together - Achieving more' Medela developed an eLearning course on managing patients with chest drains endorsed by the association.
The certified Chest Drain Management eLearning course examines what is a chest drain, where and why this is used along with different chest drainage systems. It provides an excellent introduction to understanding and managing chest drainage in a modern and interactive style.
Visit E-learning Resources  to find out more. Providing your team with continuing education opportunities is a great way to invest in their personal and professional growth.
Active Humidification from Intersurgical
The importance of active humidification during mechanical ventilation is well established and a number different breathing system solutions have been developed to meet the patient’s needs.  Unfortunately, condensation, or ‘rainout’ remains a common issue with many active breathing systems. Excess condensation can quickly accumulate in the breathing system and ventilator, leading to higher airway resistances, compromised ventilator performance and additional work.
Intersurgical have developed a range of adult active humidification solutions that ensure the optimal level of patient humidification whilst reducing condensation and increasing protection for the patient and the clinician these include:
  • Dri-Therm™ permeable heated wire system to reduce expiratory pathway condensation.
  • InterCooler™ respiratory dehumidifier to reduce clinical intervention and increase protection.
  • VHB20 Series respiratory humidifier with automatic humidity monitoring and control to optimise gas delivery and minimise rainout.
  • New and improved dual float auto fill humidification chamber with water level indicator.
Please visit our active humidification landing page for full details and ordering information here
We are delighted to be a gold sponsor at the forthcoming EfCCNa from the 31 August – 3 September so please visit us to find out more and see the products. We look forward to seeing you there.
Mindray at the EfCCNa 2022
Connect to advanced infusion care

Mindray’s critical care solution drives improvements in care quality. Integrating advanced monitoring and life-support devices, together with advanced IT solutions, we guarantee the highest standard of care as well as transparency and continuity of patient information.
Join us at EfCCNa this year to explore Mindray’s latest innovation of the BeneFusion n series infusion system. As safe medication is of vital importance to patient safety, advanced technologies are needed to continually enhance safety management and work efficiency in the busy and stressful setting of ICU. The BeneFusion n Series with SafeDoseTM Drug Library Management tool, in a large capacitive full-touch screen and intuitive interface, offers state-of-the-art technologies alongside superior ease of use, empowering critical care nurses with greater precision and higher workflow efficiency.
We kindly invite you to visit our booth and explore more details at the EfCCNa 2022! Look forward to meeting you!
Silver Sponsors
Hamilton Medical Nederland




New Council Members 2021/2022
Finland: Jarkko Koskiniemi
Jarkko lives in Helsinki and works as an ICU nurse manager at Helsinki University Hospital. He has always been working in acute and intensive care environments and is very keen on studying and always developing himself careerwise. Thus, after his master’s degree in nursing and in social and health sciences at the University of Eastern Finland he is now planning to reach a PhD.
Belgium: Joséfine Declaye
Joséfine works part-time in an ICU at a rural hospital in Belgium (Marche-en-famenne). Her other part-time job is at the simulation centre of the University of Liège.
Additionally, she is a volunteer for the red cross which allows her to go out of the hospital with an ambulance service but also to teach the community. 
For a few years, she has been secretary for SIZ nursing, the national critical care nursing organisation.

Joséfine took over the post from Arnaud Bruyneel. EfCCNa thanks him very much for his commitment in the last years and wishes him all the best for his future life.
Italy: Tiziana Marano
Tiziana has been working as an ICU nurse since 2002, later as Critical Care Manager.
During the Covid-19 waves in Italy she works as Nursing Coordinator for the Campus Covid Center in the Campus BioMedico University Hospital. 
Since 2019 she is in the position as Didactic Director of the Master's degree “Intensive and Emergency Nursing”, Campus BioMedico University Hospital, Rome, Italy. Tiziana follows Silvia Scelsi, the current President of ANIARTI. Good luck for her and a big thank you, as well.
A warm welcome from the EfCCNa family to the new Council members Tiziana, Joséfine and Jarkko
Scientific activities in EfCCNa
A critically ill patient has complex needs that require not only advance knowledge but also specific skills, rapid assessment and response, and ongoing evaluation. The importance of high quality critical care has long been recognized as a global health issue. Evidence has shown a positive association between critical care nurse training and a decrease of morbidity and mortality, and the pandemic has done nothing but highlight the importance of skilled care in these patients with complex needs.
However, it is frequent in some countries that these patients receive care from nurses with little or no relevant training.

For these reasons, Alicia San José from Spain and Pierre-Yves Blanchard from France introduced during EfCCNa’s last council meeting, their project to investigate the current status of training and specialization of critical care nurses in Europe and associated countries.
Each representative will reply to the questionnaire. The results will be presented in one of our next newsletters. Stay tuned!

Click here to enter the questionnaire
News from EfCCNa Member Organisations
On Thursday, 21 April 2022 Belgian Critical Care Nurses finally got the chance to get together. After two years of postponement, it was possible to organise our symposium. SiZ Nursing hold a yearly meeting with the participation of around 500 intensive care nurses. They gather to exchange and meet each other.
This year was special, and not only due to COVID: it was the 40th anniversary of our organisation Siz Nursing. The big forty!
We were keen to meet and celebrate together. On this special day we chose to propose a large board of topics such as ethics, fake news, new technologies, echography, team management, new recommendations
This event was special, a feeling of joy was palpable, the simple joy of meeting around a coffee… or a glass of champagne.

Next month we will present the results of a survey in partnership with the KCE (Federal Centre of Expertise for Health Care). We were able to ask nurses in the field about their well-being. 
We also continued to represent the intensive care nurses in different commissions, especially on the attractiveness of our profession, on training, etc...
Recently there was a big report regarding ICU nurses published in Belgium. It's quite dramatic, as 50% of ICU nurse wants to leave, but also regarding care left undone, there is so much more in the document.  It's available  here
Joséfine Declaye


June1st we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Danish specialist education in critical care. It will take place in Middelfart – in the middle of Denmark.
We think it is a very important day to celebrate, we have come far during the years. Today nobody asks the question “Do we really need this specialist education in critical care?” Nowadays the question is how we can expand the numbers of critical care nurses.
The big challenge here in Denmark is now, as in the rest of the world, to make it attractive for nurses to specialize in critical care, and keep the ones, that we have.
The past 2 years has made it very clear, how valuable it is to have well educated critical care nurses, and how vulnerable the health care system is without enough competent critical care nurses.
The program for the day reflects the pandemic situation with COVID 19 during the past 2 years, but we will also take an important focus on the research perspective in critical care in Denmark from today, mainly by critical care nurses.
In these days the board elections of the Danish society of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Recovery Nurses will take place. There may be a new representative from Denmark from October, as I am not sure, if it will be possible for me to continue due to private matters. It is a difficult choice for me, as it feels like I haven´t really started yet.
Pernille Madsen
ESTONIA - Estonian Association of Nurse Anaesthetists and Intensive Care Nurses
We as critical care nurses work in urgent situations and always fight for patients' lives. Our words are not enough to describe this war and what is happening these days. 
At the beginning of March, our association received a request for help from Ukraine – help to equip an ambulance car and send it to our colleagues in Kyiv.
A day after the request, we managed to pack an ambulance car with medical supplies fully, and it was already on its way to Ukraine. At the Polish border, our driver handed over the ambulance car to the new owners. With it, we also sent our good wishes and thoughts from our association. 
Healthcare workers are ambassadors for peace, and together we achieve more!
Helen Valk, President
Project: “Communicare ICU” communication application initially made for adult Estonian patients.  A prototype for the application was done. Idea of the app is, that patients can communicate about their pain with more than 120 phrases to communicate their essential needs. Most users were caregivers. Phrases can be stored and reused. This app is useful for ICUs. Currently this app is used in different countries, feedback is collected. App translated into 4 languages (Estonian, Russian, English and Arabic) and is free to download and use. 

Project: “Adolescents as next of kin in the ICU”.
 Mathilde Christensen from Norway presented her research topic 'adolescents as visitors on ICU'. They are kind of vulnerable for they themselves are in a transition position moving from child to grown up. In his phase humans form their character, their sense of health and many more. They have a high need of information but are often overlooked and need a lot of guidance. Currently in this behalf there is a lack of research on this group, although it is already known that they have a high risk of PTDS and depression. 


41 National Congress Bologna,
7 - 8 June 2022

European Specialist Nurses Organsiation
ESNO is currently conducting a questionnaire, the “ESNO survey to nurses in Europe on vaccination uptake 2022”. We would like to acquire the opinion of as many nurses as possible on this important subject, for this data would inform policymaking about the future role of nurses in Europe in vaccination and promote our expertise. In this stage we have not enough responders yet, and we need give the call an extra impulse.

Therefore, we kindly ask you if you to take the survey but above all forward this with a recommendation with the links to the questionnaire into your network, local, national and European and social media. The questionnaire takes around 10 minutes to complete, and is available in 8 languages (English, Polish, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Greek and Dutch) The questionnaires can also be found here
Your contribution is highly appreciated!
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