June 26, 2020

Educational framework for ICU nurses across Europe

An advanced nursing competency curriculum for critical care

ESICM is pleased to report the successful completion of the Erasmus+ funded project INACTIC [International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care].  We are grateful to all the individuals and partners who were involved and extend our special thanks to the Erasmus+ programme.

The aim of this two-year project was to develop a set of detailed competencies required of an advanced level intensive care nurse and to map these competencies against country-specific and multi-country policies and evidence for advanced practice nursing.

The project also identified the feasibility and support for the application of these competencies in a number of countries and developed an outline curriculum based on the competencies.

The competencies were then mapped against existing online resources, many of which are already in existence at ESICM, providing the opportunity for individualised educational pathways.

A prototype online educational resource was afterwards designed to support the competencies and curriculum. This curriculum will be the only advanced nursing competency curriculum spanning European countries for critical care.

The project has resulted in competency statements in 8 different languages and a framework of online
resources was mapped to these competencies.  A review of evidence and policy related to advanced practice competencies across Europe is also being produced.

The increased complexity of critically ill patients in intensive care settings calls for highly specialised and high-quality intensive care nursing education. The level of nursing practice needs to be raised to more advanced intensive care nursing practice roles in order to accommodate these changes.

The project has discovered that not all countries have developed advanced critical care nursing programmes and that there is a lack of consistency of content among the existing programs. The INACTIC project surveyed ICUs across 24 European countries and identified considerable variation in eligibility requirements, how students are assessed/examined, programme duration and lack of access to educational resources.

This variation creates role confusion between countries, impedes mobility across Europe and career progression for the intensive care nursing workforce.

Like CoBaTriCE, INACTIC has the potential to become an educational framework for nurses across Europe in advanced practice nursing in ICU.  As a partner of INACTIC, ESICM will act as the central platform for the provision of education at this level for nursing.



More information about the INACTIC project, here.


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