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EORNA News - March 2019 

A message from the President

It is a great pleasure for me to launch the first issue of the EORNA newsletter.

To all of us, it will be a very important mean of communication to better know and help each other by sharing knowledge and experiences in relation to perioperative nursing care.   

All of you have vast experience in perioperative nursing. Therefore, I encourage you all to share it and to send in articles and news from your countries to help improving perioperative nursing care.

We look forward to your participation and support, wherever you are, to make this Newsletter a valuable mean of communication of all perioperative nurses throughout Europe.

May Karam
EORNA President

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Get to know our Members!


Our Israeli member association IPNA had a very busy year in 2018.  Last October, their national congress took place in Herzliya, with the main topic Treating the treater- What we could do to improve our staff satisfaction. They consulted the national nursing administration on issues related to perioperative nursing.
IPNA members also wrote guidelines on “Perioperative Circulating and Scrub Nurse”. They were accepted by the Ministry of Health and published in June 2018. In 2019, IPNA will work on guidelines on the role of the reception room nurse in OR.

Besides, IPNA distributed 1100 Euro to every Operating Room Department for social activities.

Furthermore, IPNA has been recognised by the Israeli Government as the only association of Perioperative nurses.
Yael Edry was invited to a radio interview to talk about the difficulties in perioperative nursing.
IPNA sponsors 37 Israeli delegates to attend the EORNA congress in The Hague. The next national Congress will be held in Herzliya on November 27 and 28, 2019.


        Every year, GORNA organises educational seminars on orientation and infection prevention training in Perioperative Theatre for individuals occupied in the perioperative environment. The specific program is copyrighted by GORNA. Also, GORNA promotes research concerning perioperative nursing.
         Additional to its own educational activities, GORNA collaborates with many Panhellenic scientific associations in Greece and actively participates in their congresses with lectures, round tables, satellite symposiums and clinical seminars. Also, GORNA currently works in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Health and specifically the National Council for the Development of Nursing in order to upgrade nursing as a profession and a scientific field, as well as to achieve the official establishment of perioperative nursing specialty. Additionally, GORNA participated in the pilot study of the Erasmus program “Key Skill Management in Operating Room” (KSMOR) for the validation of the respective tool.

         GORNA publishes the unique Greek online scientific journal “Perioperative Nursing”, which is available in the Greek and English languages at “Perioperative Nursing” is indexed in the following databases: EBSCO, CINAHL, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, ZENODO, HYPATIA, OPENAIRE, DataCite and Emcare.
Have a look!
GORNA Board Members celebrating the European Perioperative Nursing Day and
their traditional celebration for the New Year 2019

Russian Nurses Association

          For the last several years, OR nurses became a strongly united group. They meet annually at the national congress on cardio-thoracic surgery, have a day-long symposium and participate in multiply sessions with surgeons, prepare oral and poster presentations and discuss all types of professional topics, including ethics, communication, safety, image of OR nursing profession, sterilization, patient positioning and so on. This year the OR nurses will meet again by the end of June in St-Petersburg. 

Click here to learn more about the Russian activities, and read the whole report!


Understanding the needs and future challenges of all perioperative nurses, Slovenian Operating Room Nurses Association recognised the need for perioperative safety environment.
In 2018, as visible contribution for safe perioperative care,Tatjana Požarnik published the book Surgical smoke evacuation; Everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
The publication was a visible nursing contribution for the Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia, and got awarded. The article was also recognised at the ICN Congress 2019. The next book Ergonomics safety environment will be published in 2019.
The new board was elected last year for the next 4 years. In 2019, we will organise our national congress in November with the theme Infection prevention in perioperative nursing care”. Our goal for the congress is to publish a new book on Perioperative Nursing Care.
In 2018, Mateja Stare, operating room nurse, was recognized for Ansell Cares® H.E.R.O. Service Award for European Operating Room Nurses and nominated Women of the Year for her contribution in international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières.
At the EORNA congress 2019,  Slovenia will present oral presentation and e – posters.

Get to know our Partners!

Get to know our Partners!

Healthy Workplaces

On March 5 and 6, Healthy Workplaces celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Campaign partnership scheme and invited longterm partners to their Healthy Workplaces Campaign Partner event in Brussels.
Maria Louriero from our member association VVOV represented EORNA. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership.

Sterile Barrier Association

More than 400 participants all over the world participated in the survey on a new symbol concept for multi-layer sterile packaging of medical devices. SBA is very thankful and invites EORNA to their meeting in April in Lisbon to discuss the results of the survey and to  look into further collaboration.

EPND Celebration

On Friday, February 15, we celebrated European Perioperative Nursing Day!
Each Association did this on its own way, in joy, good mood, and with lots of food!




Our Turkish Association celebrated the EPND at Izmir University of Economics on February 13, 2019. More than 250 people attended including nurses, faculty members and students. Surgical and operating room nurses presented how they make a difference in perioperative nursing in Turkey. The famous writer Canan Tan, shared with the attendees how she wrote her story from a young pharmacist to a best-selling author.
Want to see more? Visit our website and take a look at all the photos of our members who celebrated this day!

Education/ Science

EORNA Core Curriculum and EORNA Framework for Perioperative Nurse Competencies

We are working on an update of both documents. They will be available on the EORNA website as soon as possible. We will keep you informed on Facebook and Twitter!

EORNA Congress 2019

The clock is ticking and we will soon all be in The Hague for EORNA 2019. We hope you are all excited.
You can see the Scientific Programme here. You can search for sessions or speakers, save your preferred sessions, print out the programme etc. 
The Priority Speakers will be: Patrick Voight, Frank van de Goot, Brigid Gillespie and Annette Erichsen Andersson. More details here
A new addition is that the Sterile Barrier Association has just been added to the programme and will present their recent survey results in a workshop.
We will have a new feature - a  Simulation Centre - on the Exhibition Floor which will run hands-on sessions on the topics of Medical Suction and Fluid Waste Management on Friday and Patient Positioning on Saturday.
Good news! The Exhibition Floor is almost sold out! You can find the list of current exhibitors here. Special thanks to our diamond sponsor Cardinal Health.
Registration has been steady but we would really welcome more attendees. Please take the time to remind all the OR nurses you know that the Congress is taking place!

Remember not to miss the Congress dinner on Saturday – tickets selling fast! EUR 75 includes transfer, drinks, dinner and entertainment! It will take place at Madurodam – a miniature theme park.
If you have already registered, you can log-in to your Congress profile and add the Congress dinner here. You can also add hotel accommodation to your booking and the Congress Run which will take place on Friday morning at 7am. Pack your running shoes!
Stay in touch! Keep talking about the Congress!
EORNA Congress
The Hague, The Netherlands
May 16-19, 2019

Want to learn more? Click here and visit our website specially dedicated to the Congress!

Other upcoming meetings

Journée AFISO des chefs de bloc opératoire
Brussel, Belgium
April 4, 2019

Annual Congress on Child Care: Mental Health, Psychology and Nursing
Toronto, Canada
April 12-13, 2019

4th International Conference on Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery
London, UK
April 22-23, 2019

36th VVOV Symposium
Antwerp, Belgium
April 24-25, 2019

AICO National Congress
May 2-4, 2019

Click here to see all the upcoming Events!
EORNA thanks its corporate sponsor 3M and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation.
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New EORNA website

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