18 November 2021, European Awareness week has started, and ESNO will launch 4 publications at the end of the Antimicrobial Resistance Week 2021. We not only launch our publications but it will be a kick-off of three years program. For this program, a special Focus team is established of four specialist nurse expert, all familiar in the field on Infection Prevention control but also on AMR and Stewardship. And in addition, we have a group of 20 nurses all over Europe as the expert reference group. The lead group has set the following long term context driven goals:
1. Establish an expert network on vaccination, AMR and infection prevention and operate as link to nurses expertise.
2. Initiate Education activities on Microbes, vaccines, AMR and infection control
3. Develop a European harmonised standard for AMR Stewardship curricula and Infection Prevention curriculum
4. Promote national mandatory continuing education on microbes, vaccination, AMR and Infection Prevention for nurses.
5. Develop and update a nurses guide on to topics: Microbes and Mediation, Vaccination, AMR and Stewardship and Infection Prevention Control with Curricula
6. Engage with European high level representatives in promoting the recognition of specialist nurses roles related to infection prevention, vaccination and AMR.
7. Contribute to European initiatives such as networks, congresses, events and any other form of forum to give input from the specialist nurses domain.
8. Contribute and initiate to research and publications and data building
The ESNO programme and vision for AMR acts isynergistically with other activities in Infection Prevention Control, with Vaccination and immunisation, wider public health and health promotion activities. The program emphasises the integration of these three aspects and recognises the contextual approach. All three aspects also recognise the increasingly wide range of clinical, educational, research and leadership roles held by specialist nurses across Europe.
Over the past years, we observe that the health issues on AMR, Infection Prevention Control (IPC) and Vaccination cannot be addressed separately. They overlap, and when addressed properly, they complement each other. In education and training, it requires a separate approach for better understanding and this requires an in-depth and scientific basis. In the end, nothing can be well executed without a contextual approach.
A future-proof specialist nurses’ competencies on AMR, IPC and Vaccination. We strive to continue positioning ESNO as one of the European and international nursing think-tank and advocacy organisations - shaping European nursing education and competencies, as well as influencing the policy landscape. We continue to work to equip nurses with the policymaking and communication skills and attitudes necessary to engage with politicians, decisionmakers and civil society on crucial topics such as drug-resistant infections, infection prevention and control, and immunisation. This goal cannot be reached in merely a few years, but is possible only with long-term vision and clear targeted outcomes with the multi-stakeholders’ engagement.
The full programme is in process amd will be published in the beginning of 2022
Jeanette Verkerk: Nurse Specialist AGZ, area of expertise urology/andrology at St. Antonius Hospital, Netherlands, PhD candidate LinkedIn
Enrique Castro Sanchez : Lecturer, researcher and leader in nursing involvement in infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship, United Kingdom LinkedIn
Alessia Arcangeli: Infection Control Nurse Specialist National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italy LinkedIn
Noel Abela: Senior Practice Nurse at Mater Dei Hospital - Malta. MSc Infection Control, Malta LinkedIn
Ber Oomen: Program lead ESNO focus Group Microbial Issues LinkedIn