20 and 21 April: ESNO event on ‘Health Workforce – WorldCafe’
Nurses are at the forefront of our health care system. They’re always there providing vital and expert services, unprecedented workload, provide high specialist care, putting themselves at risk, to take care of us, because sometimes we don’t realize it until it is obvious. They have proven we can count on them, even in difficult and risky situations. Now it’s time to appreciate their true value and support them.
22 November 2023: AMR – Stewardship Webinar
6 - 12 May 2024: International Nursing Week
5 - 7 June: ESNO congress
For further information on these events, see our timeline below
On the 12th May 2020, on International Nursing Day, in the year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, a campaign started and will extend for a full year, until 12th May 2021. During the months of 2020, too much has happened with health professionals and above all the nurses. They have had too few opportunities to showcase their contribution, related to COVID19, but above all about the nursing profession in general. There is even much more to adress, than what has happened in this in one year. Health organisations supporting this campaign by embracing the nurses contribution in both creating a year-long campaign showcasing the best nurses have to offer in all aspects. This campaign will be built over 12 Month, 12 storylines and 12 topics. In this campaign, “every day will be nursing day”.
The reason for the campaign is to utilize the current appreciation for healthcare workers to give nurses the recognition and working conditions they deserve: It is critical to support and invest in nurses, not just now, but at all times.
• Nurses themselves - to show them we support them, to boost their self-esteem and to push the campaign forward.
• Hospital management - the campaign should show them how concretely to make changes.
• Professional regulators - to help them understand this is part of their responsibility and to find the best possible solutions.
• Policy makers & politicians - to embrace the campaign to be part of this important conversation.
• Civil society - to enable patients and the public to engage with nursing professions
There is a role for nurses in wider society and in health. Their voice deserves to be heard because their contribution has a far wider impact than they may realize and their contributions truly matter. By joining the nurses workforce, they contribute to a collective legacy and improve healthcare, and of course, nurses also enjoy their profession and ‘the healing power of compassion’. Nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges and we need to recognize and support our nurses, protect our nurses and prioritize and invest in our nurses.
The provisional topics covered during the campaigns will be first and foremost the ESNO members related to their expertise and specific health topics such as:
• COVID-19 and working on the frontline
• Patient safety and relation competent specialist nurse workforce
• Research and development
• Specialist nurses economic impact
• Safety at work and working conditions
• Training and cross European harmonising education
• Cross border health provision
• Harmonised education standards
• Therapeutic Adherence and role of specialist nurses
• Nurses and gender related to leadership
• COVID19, Vaccination, AMR and Infection Prevention Control
• Chronic, elderly and non-communication diseases.
• Monthly Webinars
• ESNO congress 23-26 February 2021
• Publications on website
• Activation in social media
4 November: ESNO presence at event:
NCD Academy, ACC regional conference Athens, Greece
22 November: AMR – Stewardship Webinar
6 - 12 May: International Nursing Week
To make sure the applause continues with a strong multiple year campaign to reposition, prioritize and protect the nurse, we invite organisations endorsing this campaign, to engage. Contact the campaign organisation for a detailed introduction to opportunities for engaging.
• Sponsoring as an organisation
• Endorsing and supporting on social media
During the ESNO Congress of June 2023, the nurses' response to the European “six megatrends” (according to the EU EUVECA program3) were discussed and led to recommendations to the European and national healthcare policy makers. This declaration is also an extension of the elements described in the WHO “Bucharest Declaration” on the healthcare workforce as well as a response on the outcome of the survey on Specialist Nurses in Europe.
Read the ESNO declaration here
Meet the people of ESNO and supporting organisations 2023
Based on the ESNO declaration report we are pleased to see that the aspects of health workforce are a priority for the European Commission. However, while there are many initiatives to restore European healthcare systems, too often the voice of nurses is overlooked, and solutions are ignored. This has triggered a lot of discussion, debates, and led to proposals of constructive alternatives which were presented and examined during the ESNO World Café 2023. This comprehensive report is a summary of the outcomes of this debate, created with the intention of presenting the precise issues at stake and offer recommendations to the policy makers at national and European political levels.
Read the ESNO Declaration Report here