N&AHP News


ESICM is pleased to report the successful completion of the Erasmus+ funded project INACTIC [International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care]. 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 then 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 mapped to these competencies.

Learn more about INACTIC

N&AHP Learning Programmes

Hot Topics in ICU

ESICM launched in 2020 the “N&AHP Hot Topics in ICU” programme. It consisted of a series of six webinars. The 25 top-scoring N&AHPs in the continuous assessment of this programme were rewarded free entrance to LIVES 2020. 


Detection and management of secretion retention, is it worth worrying about?
Speaker: George NTOUMENOPOULOS, Australia
Moderator: David McWILLIAMS, United Kingdom

ICU Delirium Management & Prophylaxis
Speaker: Mark VAN DEN BOOGAARD, The Netherlands
Moderator: Margo VAN MOL, The Netherlands

Renal Replacement Therapy
Speaker: Silvia CALVINO – GUNTHER, France
Moderator: Anne-Sophie DEBUE, France

Management of Raised Intracranial Pressure
Speaker: Chris BRUNKER, United Kingdom
Moderator: Marta BORKOWSKA, Belgium

Pressure Ulcers in ICU
Speakers: Stijn BLOT, Belgium & Sonia LABEAU, Belgium
Moderator: Nikolaos EFSTATHIOU, United Kingdom

N&AHP contribution to Sepsis
Speaker: Elizabeth PAPATHANASSOGLOU, Canada
Moderator: Katerina ILIOPOULOU, United Kingdom

Critical Care Rehabilitation

Critical Care Rehabilitation
Background of the Problem

Critical Care Rehabilitation
The Evidence for Early Rehabilitation

Critical Care Rehabilitation
Practicalities of Commencing and Progressing Rehabilitation

Critical Care Rehabilitation
Overcoming Challenges

Critical Care Rehabilitation
Physical Rehabilitation after ICU

Infection control

Infection control
Risk factors and epidemiology of infection

Infection control
General infection prevention and control

Infection control
Targeted infection prevention: Ventilator – associated pneumonia

Infection control
Central-line associated bloodstream infection

Infection control
Prevention of device associated infection through quality improvement strategiest

Infection control
Early Detection and Recognition of Sepsis

Infection control
Essentials of Antimicrobial Therapy

Infection control
Infections in immunocompromised hosts

Infection control
Infection prevention in special populations: The young and old

Infection control
Nebulized antibiotic therapy in mechanically ventilated patients

Infection control
Infectious Hazards for the Intensive Care Health Care Worker

Special Membership Fees for N&AHPs

SPECIAL OFFER: From now on, N&AHPs can take advantage of a special membership fee of only 60 euros per year.

Join our ESICM community and benefit from all the advantages the Society offers, including an abstract writing workshop, education and web-based learning, Master Classes, research and the application for intensive care professionals created by intensive care nurses.

Achieve success in your professional career !

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Closer integration of N&AHPs in ESICM Master Classes

ESICM is creating joint strategies for further educational & scientific activities focusing on cross-cutting themes and an interprofessional approach.
As part of a closer integration and collaboration process with the Division of Professional Development, N&AHP experts are now joining the faculties of our master classes and get actively involved.

N&AHPs wishing to participate in the ESICM training programmes held in Brussels can do so and benefit from special reduced fees, with further benefits.

Watch the interview with Johannes MELLINGHOFF RN, BSc (Hons), MSc, FHEA, Senior Lecturer in Critical Care, Faculty of Health & Social Care Education, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, UK.


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Research – Trials

Evidence of Infection Prevention in Intensive Care Nurses’ Daily Practice. The EVIDENCE-study is a project that aims to evaluate intensive care nurses’ knowledge of evidence-based guidelines.

Infection Control in the ICU: The Nurse Perspective

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The role of nurses working in emergency and critical care environments in the prevention of intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections

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A Multicentre International One-Day Prevalence Study on Pressure Injuries in Intensive Care Units.

The objective of this study is to provide an up-to-date, global picture of the extent and patterns of pressure injuries in ICUs.

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This is the 2nd study from the VIP (very old intensive care patient) network within HSRO section in ESICM. It is the recipient of one of the ESICM Clinical Research Awards 2017.

The main goal of this multinational study, mainly in Europe, is to describe the burden of care for informal care-givers of octogenarians, with regards to burden of care, post-traumatic stress and anxiety & depression. Read more

Research – Surveys

NAPMA: Nurse & AHP membership survey. We are interested as a Society in hearing the views of both our members and potential members on what membership means to you and how we can improve what we do.

> The surveys are closed

Survey about non-physician providers (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) on the ICU in Europe

Survey organised by Herman Kreeftenberg, HSRO section

Relevant research

Benbenishty J et al. The migrant crisis and the importance of developing cultural competence in the intensive care unit
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NutritionDay in Nursing Homes – The Association of Nutritional Intake and Nutritional Interventions With 6-Month Mortality in Malnourished Residents.
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Article Reviews

How Paediatric ICU nurses in Australia empower the families of the dying children
> Read this article review

Nutritional support for critically ill children: What, when & how?
> Read this article review

Semi-recumbent position & pressure ulcers: The CAPCRI study
> Read this article review

The State of Critical Care Nursing in Europe: An International Survey
> Read this article review

True Blood: Blood sampling practice across three intensive care settings
> Read this article review

Suggested videos

N&AHP Update 2018

N&AHP Committee Chair, Carole Boulanger, updates us on the numerous activities designed for nurses and allied healthcare professionals, including an exciting new educational course, practical smartphone App, nurse-led research studies and LIVES abstracts…

Contact N&AHP here: nahp@esicm.org.

DecubICUs: One-Day Prevalence Study on Pressure Injuries

Often considered a healthcare complication of the past, pressure injuries sadly remain an issue for long term ICU patients – one that threatens the safety of these patients and as such, requires study and ultimately, solutions.

The objective of this multicentre International one-day prevalence study from the ESICM Trials Group is to provide an up-to-date, international “global” picture of the extent and patterns of pressure injuries in ICUs.

Co-PI, Stijn Blot, describes the rationale for DecubICUs and outlines the aims.

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PICC use in the ICU:
Benefits & Pitfalls

Stijn Blot discusses considerations surrounding the use of peripherally-inserted central catheters versus central venous catheters in the ICU in this icTV interview.

Where are we in Europe?

In this icTV interview, Advanced Critical Care Practitioner, Carole Boulanger, describes the rationale for advanced nursing training and updates on the current state of practice in the UK and Europe.