A learning framework for the continuing education of cardiovascular nurses in europe

F Astin, D Carroll, T Ruppar, I Uchmanowicz, L Hinterbuchner, E Kletsiou, A Serafin

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Background: The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the Council on Cardiovascular (CV) Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) share a common goal; to decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe. One of the strategic aims of CCNAP is to improve CV patient outcomes by developing nursing and allied professional education programs that provide an underpinning of evidence-based CV care. The pre-registration nursing education that prepares nurses for clinical practice differs from one European country to the next. This was also identified by the Education Committee of the ESC for physicians.Aim: Therefore a core syllabus was the first step the ESC took toward greater consistency in the educational preparation of cardiologists. The CCNAP Education Committee has followed suit and has developed a core syllabus to provide a framework for continuing education for post registration CV nurses across Europe.Methods: The Education Committee reviewed the literature to optimize the standardization of a core syllabus. The recommendation was made to shift the emphasis away from the biomedical approach towards a more patient and family centred perspective, the focus of the nursing discipline. The 8 domains, along with each theme’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and outcomes, were identified for the core syllabus. The domains included: optimizing CV care for people and populations, fundamentals of cardiovascular (CV) care, principles and practices of person and family centred care, education and communication, planning and managing care, physical comfort and well being, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and access to coordinated care for life. This syllabus was not intended to include all possible contentOutput: Users are invited to tailor content to reflect individual health needs and the scope of nursing practice in their country. This syllabus will function as a ‘baseline’ from which newly qualified nurses in Europe can progress to advanced practice supported by specialised curricula that are currently under development. The education committee hopes that nursing education institutions, professional organizations, and regulatory bodies in European countries will utilize this curriculum framework. Nurses represent the largest sector of the health professional workforce and nurses have a significant contribution to make to decrease the burden of CV disease in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP8
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number1_Suppl
Early online date28 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventEuroHeartCare 2014 - Stavanger, Norway
Duration: 4 Apr 20145 Apr 2014


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