Nurses in palliative care - EAPC Blog Post Series #nurses2020

For the first time ever, the nations of the world unite to celebrate the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global population. To mark this world first, the European Association for Palliative Care together with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg is delighted to launch a special series of 12 monthly posts to honour the work of nurses who work in palliative care and draw attention to several issues that are linked to this crucial workforce.

It would be remiss if we did not significantly mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020. This global celebration of nursing was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the 72nd World Health Assembly in recognition of the importance of nurses and midwives, and their contribution to global health. The WHO has joined forces with International Council of Nurses (ICN) who are jointly aiming to draw attention to the changing face of nursing and ensure that nurses have a voice in policy making.  Coincidently, 2020 also marks the 200th birth anniversary of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.

It is well documented that palliative care is a truly multidisciplinary specialty, and few could deny the significant impact that nurses have had, and continue to have, on the development of palliative care throughout Europe and beyond.

Read the opening post by Dr. Julie Ling and PD Dr. Piret Paal here:  Nurses are the bridge of healthcare: Celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 #nurses2020 #midwives2020 posted on the 13th of January 2020

To celebrate nursing throughout 2020, the EAPC has put together a range of important nursing contributors to write for our blog. Each month an invited contributor will focus on nursing from a range of perspectives. Colleagues who have so far kindly agreed to contribute include the following and we hope that others will join them:

Posted on February 26, 2020 Ms Alexandra Mancini, Pan London Lead Nurse Neonatal Palliative Care, Chelsea & Westminster Foundation Trust & The True Colours Trust, London, UK: Palliative care for babies (neonates): Developing services

Posted on March 18, 2020 Prof Catherine Walshe, Co-Director, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of Palliative Medicine, UK: Palliative care nursing and research:  A call to arms to conduct nursing research

Posted on April 8, 2020 Mr Marius Čiurlionis, Head of Nursing, Palliative Medicine and Social Care Clinic, VšĮ Centro Poliklinika, Vilnius, Lithuania: Building the next generation of nursing leaders

Posted on May 12, 2020 Prof Bridget Johnston, How nursing history impacts on the modern day profession, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Posted on June 24, 2020 Dr. Bart Cusveller, Spiritual care requires spiritual care support: The link nurse, Associate Professor of Ethics and Spiritual Care in Nursing, Spiritual Care Research Institute, Academy of Health Care, Viaa Christian University of Applied Sciences Zwolle, The Netherlands.

Posted on July 29, 2020 Prof Philip Larkin To comfort always – a message of inspiration for 21st century palliative care nurses, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Posted on August 26, 2020 Minna Hökkä (Finland), Sandra Martins Pereira (Portugal) and Pablo Hernández-Marrero (Portugal), Nursing competencies across different levels of palliative care provision: Highlighting the need for further research and international collaboration

Posted on September 30, 2020 Dr Nicoleta Mitrea, Are nurses becoming more influential in palliative care? A personal perspective from Romania, Director of Education and Development – Nursing/Department of National Development and Education, HOSPICE Casa Sperantei, Romania.

Posted on October 19, 2020 Rose Kiwanaku, Becoming the first palliative care nurse in Uganda, Leader of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda

Posted on November 25, 2020 Anja Oustalet, Nurses behind the scenes: The palliative care response to COVID-19 in Paris, a Nurse Manager in a pain and palliative care department in a public hospital in Paris, France.

We still to look forward to wrap up contribution from Dr. Julie Ling and PD Dr. Piret Paal containing a special quote from Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-chair, Nursing Now Campaign, and Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.