N&AHP News

“N&AHP Hot Topics in ICU” Learning Programme

ESICM launches the new “N&AHP Hot Topics in ICU” blended learning programme consisting of a series of six webinars, followed by a workshop on the practical application of principles, to be held during LIVES 2020 (Madrid, Spain).
The webinars will cover topics such as: Detection and management of secretion retention, is it worth worrying about?; ICU Delirium Management & Prophylaxis; Renal Replacement Therapy; Management of Raised Intracranial Pressure; N&AHP contribution to Sepsis; Pressure Ulcers in ICU.

The 25 top-scoring N&AHPs in the continuous assessment of this programme will be rewarded free entrance to LIVES 2020. 

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What did LIVES 2019 offer N&AHPs?

  • Pre-congress Master Classes. N&AHPs will be part of the master class faculty Practical aspects of RRT in ICU patients to be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Live debates on Monday, September 30
  • Thematic sessions including N&AHP research & networking: What’s new? on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Workshops such as
    > Scientific writing – A beginners’ guide on Monday, September 30, 2019 &
    > Critical Care Rehabilitation on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – part of the blended learning programme in progress. The 25 top-scoring N&AHPs in the continuous assessment of this programme will be rewarded free entrance to LIVES 2019, plus reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs of up to €400, to facilitate their participation in the workshop.  
  • Topical symposium supported by Nestlé on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Clinical challenges on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Continuous professional education on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

For more information on the annual congress Berlin 2019, see here

Preliminary programme LIVES 2019



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.

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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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The International Nursing Advanced Competency-based Training for Intensive Care study (INACTIC). The objective of this project is to define the core competencies required of a nurse working at an advanced level in intensive care and to develop a curriculum from these competencies.

Consensus methods will be used to enable interested stakeholders (ICU nurses, educators, patients and their relatives) from across Europe to identify and prioritise core competencies, which will be internationally applicable but able to accommodate local requirements. Following development of the competencies, they will be tested in a number of countries to determine applicability, feasibility and acceptability. A curriculum will be developed, based on the competencies, and a prototype educational resource will be developed from existing ESICM resources.

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If you are an intensive care nurse with a minimum of 5 years’ experience and working clinically on average 1 day a week in the ICU, we need your input.

Participate in our survey:  Survey

If you wish to share the survey with your colleagues you can also use the survey translated in other languages.

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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.

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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.

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
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Nutritional support for critically ill children: What, when & how?
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Semi-recumbent position & pressure ulcers: The CAPCRI study
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The State of Critical Care Nursing in Europe: An International Survey
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True Blood: Blood sampling practice across three intensive care settings
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Endotracheal suctioning using normal saline instillation: A gap between evidence and practice
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How to communicate with families regarding treatment withdrawal
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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.