a Nursing Medication Reference Group (NMRG)
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ESNO is designing a Nursing Medication Reference Group (NMRG) on question on medication related to each nursing specialty. The ESNO is frequent consulted on medication related to health issues by the EMA, the European Medicine Agency. The European Medicines Agency is a decentralized agency of the European Union. The Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the European Union. The main responsibility is the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use and responsible for the scientific evaluation of applications for European Union (EU) marketing authorizations for human and veterinary medicines in a centralized procedure. Within the EMA, there is a European Medicines Agency Human Scientific Committee’s Working Party with Healthcare Professionals’ Organisations (HCPWP). The ESNO has a permanent seat in that committee with Francoise and Pascal, our board members being frequent in that meeting.
One of the key issues is to evaluate medicine brought in the European market or need to be evaluated because of occurring issues. For the evaluations all health professionals are consulted and also the nurses organisation through the ESNO and the ESNO is channeling this to its members related to specific specialties.
The executive secretary has frequent contact the EMA officer when evaluations are in process and specialist nurses input is required for a good evaluation. Because the ESNO is frequent consulted on mediation related to medicines and we have thus far not succeeded in getting a consistent group of professionals together to give their view on specific questions, we like to work on a Nurses Reference Group to be more effective and professional.
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Policy: Healthcare is highly labour intensive and one of the largest economic sectors in the EU – accounting for around 17 million jobs (8% of all jobs). Aging populations and rising demand will ensure the healthcare sector remains a key driver for jobs in the future. Despite this, the sector faces major challenges: an aging workforce and too few new recruits to replace retirees significant employee turnover in some fields due to demanding working conditions and relatively low pay the need for new skills to deal with innovative technologies and with the rise in chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease among the elderly. Action plan for EU health workforce: The action plan for the EU health workforce – SWD (2012) 93 final(140 KB) seeks to help EU countries work together to tackle these challenges and boost employment by:
• improving health workforce planning and forecasting
• anticipating future skills needs and improving continuous professional development/lifelong learning
• improving recruitment and retention of health professionals
• mitigating the negative effects of migration on health systems
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