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The European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO) offers a specialist nurses fellowship program designed for nursing leaders in the fields of education, management, practice, and research. Fellows in this program represent a diverse group of professionals, including association executives, university presidents, chancellors, and deans, elected officials, state and federal political appointees, hospital chief executives, vice presidents for nursing, nurse consultants, as well as researchers and entrepreneurs. Being invited to apply for the Fellowship is not merely a recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. ESNO Fellows also bear the responsibility of dedicating their time and efforts to actively contribute to the specialist nurses academic domain. Furthermore, they are encouraged to engage with other healthcare leaders both within and beyond Europe, with the shared goal of transforming healthcare systems. This transformation aims to enhance the quality of healthcare and healthcare leadership on a global scale by:
Promoting specialist nurses nationally and internationally;
Close collaboration via ESNO structure;
Enhancing the quality of health and nursing;
Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
Shaping healthy behaviours and environments;
Integrating mental and physical health;
Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally, and internationally.


Our vision is to empower European specialist nurses and nurses in advanced roles and responsibilities, through a transformative fellowship program that fosters excellence, innovation, and collaboration in healthcare. We aim to cultivate a European community of highly skilled and knowledgeable specialist and advanced nursing professionals who are at the forefront of patient care, research, and leadership, driving positive change in the European health landscape.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive fellowship program that equips European specialist nurses with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to excel in their respective fields. Through a combination of immersive learning experiences, mentorship, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


For European specialist nurses they are numerous and impactful, key advantages:

  1. Advanced Professional Development: The fellowship program provides specialized training, education, and hands-on experience that enable specialist nurses to enhance their knowledge, skills, and expertise. This advanced professional development enhances their ability to deliver high-quality care, engage in evidence-based practice, and stay at the forefront of their field.
  2. Leadership Opportunities: The program offers opportunities for specialist nurses to develop leadership skills and assume leadership roles within their healthcare organizations and the wider healthcare community. This empowers nurses to influence policy decisions, drive organizational change, and advocate for improvements in patient care and nursing practice.
  3. Interdisciplinary Collaboration: The fellowship program facilitates collaboration and networking among specialist nurses and other healthcare professionals. By engaging in interdisciplinary teamwork, nurses can share knowledge, exchange best practices, and enhance patient outcomes through a holistic approach to care.
  4. Research and Innovation: The program encourages specialist nurses to engage in research activities, contribute to scientific advancements, and implement innovative practices. By promoting a culture of research and innovation, the fellowship program enables nurses to address healthcare challenges, develop evidence-based interventions, and contribute to the improvement of patient care.
  5. Professional Recognition and Advancement: Participation in a fellowship program enhances the professional recognition of specialist nurses. The program validates their expertise, dedication, and commitment to continuous learning, leading to increased career opportunities, promotions, and expanded roles within the healthcare system.
  6. Peer Mentorship and Support: Fellowships provide a supportive environment where specialist nurses can connect with peers, share experiences, and receive mentorship from experienced professionals. This mentorship fosters personal and professional growth, offers guidance in navigating challenges, and builds a supportive network for ongoing collaboration and learning.
  7. International Exposure and Mobility: A fellowship program can provide opportunities for specialist nurses to gain international exposure, experience different healthcare systems, and learn from diverse cultural perspectives. This exposure broadens their horizons, promotes cultural competence, and enriches their professional development.
  8. Contribution to Healthcare Policy: Fellowship programs can empower specialist nurses to actively participate in healthcare policy development and decision-making processes. By leveraging their expertise and insights, nurses can advocate for policies that prioritize patient-centred care, promote nursing workforce development, and address key healthcare issues at national and international levels.
  9. Improved Patient Outcomes: Ultimately, the fellowship program benefits patients by equipping specialist nurses with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to deliver exceptional care. By continually enhancing their competencies, specialist nurses contribute to improved patient outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, and the overall quality of healthcare services.

    The fellowship program for European specialist nurses offers a range of advantages that support their professional growth, leadership development, collaboration, research contributions, and ultimately, better patient care. 

    The application process will start at the beginning of September 2023.


  1. Relation to ESNO (full member representative and/or individual associate)

  2. Master, specialization programme or Doctoral degree in nursing and/or awarded nursing

  3. ESNO supporters from EU institutions and organizations


A. Prepare the listed documents:
1) Application form – official form should be downloaded (in process)
2) Personal motivation letter – no more than 500 words
3) Curriculum vitae – (personal details, photo, Educational achievements, Principle working positions, Publication, Congress Presentations, Finance health project, awards – suggested EU Curriculum vitae format) 
4) Letter of support – minimum two from representatives of eligibility institutes
5) Other supporting documents
6) Payment completion is required before the invoiced candidate is considered finalized.

B. All documents should be sent to e mail

C. Send documents before 1 March 2024

D. ESNO fellowship program committee reviews applications for approval ESNO board

E. Confirmation of acceptance 12 May 2024

F. Payment of fee before 15 April 2024

G. Formal confirmation of acceptance during ceremony during ESNO congress June 2024

1. Alessandro Stievano – president
2. Adriano Friganovic
3. Nico Decock
4. Ber Oomen
5. Christine Willems



MEP Dr. István Ujhelyi

Hungarian politician from the Hungarian Socialist Party

Maya Matthews

European Commission Brussels, Head of Unit


• Alessandro Stievano
• Adriano Friganovic
• Nico Decock
• Ber Oomen
• Christine Willems
• Patrick Crombez
• Julie Dugmore



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