We are not heroes—The flipside of the hero narrative amidst the COVID19‐pandemic: A Danish hospital ethnography

04 March 2021
The aim of this paper was to explore how the media and socially established hero narrative, affected the nursing staff who worked in the frontline during the first round of the COVID19‐pandemic.During the COVID19‐pandemic, both media, politicians and the public have supported and cheered on the frontline healthcare workers around the world. We h...

Change in Finnish Council Representation

15 January 2021
There is a change in the Finnish Council representation. Maarit Lönn, Council member since February 2020, is handing over to Nabil Abu-Saad. We thank Maarit very much for her participation, wish her all the best for her future and welcome Nabil. Here is his introduction: My name is Nabil. I have been lucky enough to attend the last two congresse...


14 January 2021
the SANDWICH trial - Sedation and Weaning in Children is sharing the results:

New Dates for 9th EfCCNa Congress

14 January 2021
In the beginning of the New Year 2021 EfCCNa members and critical care colleagues - according to our original plan - would normally be in the pleasant anticipation of celebrating the 9th EfCCNa Congress in February in Utrecht, the Netherlands. But the SARS-CoV2 pandemic forced us already in mid 2020 to postpone the date of this event to Septembe...

EfCCNa Annual Report 2019 available

23 October 2020
The annual report accounts of the federation for the 2018 / 2019 calendar years. Within these two years, we had six major highlights that demonstrate the strength of EfCCNa as the leading critical care nursing federation in Europe. The report can be found here  

EfCCNa Newsletter 2/2020 online

23 October 2020
2020 - a year of mulitple challenges, especially for Critical Care Nurses around the globe. The World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and meanwhile SARS-CoV-2  has set a huge pressure to the health care systems of more or less all continents. For EfCCNa, after 20 years of the foundatio...

Nurses Responsibilities on Providing Enteral Nutrition to the Critically Ill Patient - EfCCNa Position Paper

19 October 2020
In ICU, one of the nurse's roles is to ensure proper nutrition support to facilitate their recovery. However, few nutrition protocols for nurses are found. The European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations (EfCCNa) position statement provides ICU nurses with evidenced guidelines regarding caring for critically ill...

Prevalence, associated factors and outcomes of pressure injuries in adult intensive care unit patients: the DecubICUs study

09 October 2020
Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are particularly susceptible to developing pressure injuries. Epidemiologic data is however unavailable. We aimed to provide an international picture of the extent of pressure injuries and factors associated with ICU-acquired pressure injuries in adult ICU patients.   We are happy to announce t...

Pain management during the withholding and withdrawal of life support in critically ill patients at the end-of-life: a systematic review and meta-analysis

30 September 2020
This review of 13 international papers on pain control in end of life and withdrawal from life support showed that pain control mainly includes opioids and benzodiazepines. The dosages of these exceed those recommended by guidelines. Despite consistency among guidelines, there is significant variability in practices in end-of-life care. Early co...

COVID-19 Skills Preparation Course

26 September 2020
Provision of Training on Intensive Care Medicine Skills for Health Professionals Not Regularly Working on Intensive Care Units ESICM is currently working for the European Commission to develop and deliver a training programme in Intensive Care fundamentals for healthcare professionals not regularly working in Intensive Care ...

The WHO Academy’s COVID-19 mobile learning app

14 September 2020
Now available for health workers The WHO Academy’s mobile learning app was developed specifically for health workers and is designed to enable them to expand their life-saving skills to battle COVID-19. It delivers mobile access to a wealth of COVID-19 knowledge resources developed by WHO, including up-to-the-minute guidance, tool...

COVID-19 pandemic personal protective equipment (PPE): Guidance for intensive care

01 August 2020
Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) guidance is developed on the best evidence available at any given time. It is for individual organisations to determine how best to implement it in order to protect their staff & patients. These guidelines are written in support of critical care delivery and offer a pragmatic interpretation of the cur...

New Council Member Slovenia

04 July 2020
Anton, a critical care nurse from Slovenia with a master's degree in nursing is working as the head of the intensive care unit at the University Clinic for Lung Diseases and Allergy Golnik. He has been leading the ICU since 2015. In addition to taking care of the entire organization in the department, he is committed to the professionalism and t...

9th EfCCNa Congress 2021, The Netherlands

01 July 2020
Critical Care Nurses mark your calendar: due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 9th EfCCNa Congress has been postponed from March 2021 to September 22 - 25, 2021. We invite you to join this international nursing conference with a focus on enhancing the care of patients, their families and staff in critical care through teaching and sharing best evide...

Change in Council representation for Slovenia

19 June 2020
Dejan Dobersek represented the Slovenian Society Nurses and Medical Technicians for Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Transfusiology in EfCCNa for quite a long time.  Recently he was activly involved in the organisation of the 8th EfCCNa Congress, held in Ljubljana in February 2019. We thank him very much for his commitment, it was always ...
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ANIARTI and COVID-19 epidemic

09 March 2020
The Italian Critical Care Nurses represented by #Aniarti are working hard at the moment. We believe that it is important to share our first impressions and experiences on what we learned in the first days of the COVID-19 epidemic. It is essential to keep in mind that the rapid evolution of infection clusters can set up an emergency situ...


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The European Federation of Critical Care Nursing Associations (EfCCNa) is a formal network of critical care nursing associations in Europe.