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ESNO announces Ms. Francoise Charnay-Sonnek as New President

On behalf of the General Assembly of the ESNO, I am happy to announce that Ms Francoise Charnay-Sonnek has been elected as the new President of ESNO. The membership of ESNO extends warmest congratulations and every success to her in her new position.

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special_announcement_esno,_new__president_2014.pdf Special Announcement ESNO, new President 2014.pdf  (192.63 KB)


Greece - News from GORNA

News :
At the begging of 2014 GORNA had organized two daily educations seminars one in Athens devoted to central sterilization, and the other one in Tripoli, a big town of Peloponissos, where the main theme was: news standard in perioperative nursing care.

In Athens GORNA presented a new publication. In collaboration with our members for first time in Greece GORNA offer a valuable guide for the workers in central sterilization.
The book has the title: Tracing the Central Sterilization-Reports and guidelines.

At 16th of February celebrated the EPND in a beautiful restaurant at the central of Athens, with many members, and a nice speech dedicated to the theme of day.

For the next two months GORNA has organized a new daily seminar in a small island of Aegean Sea and 5 two-hour lessons, simultaneously in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Dimitris Poulis

News from Estonia

In 2014 Estonian Operating Room Nurses Association will organize two training days for OR nurses, first of them will take place on May 23 in Tartu. Topics to be covered there include activities around kidney transplantation in Estonia , work related stress, patient positioning in the OR, hand hygiene, on top of that there will be hands-on workshop open on various topics throughout the day.
The second training day will take place in November and the main topic there will be the WHO surgical checklist introduction and adoption in Estonia. Also there will be a presentation on a Master’s Thesis that dealt with the topic of occurrence back pain amongst OR nursing staff.

In February 2015 there is a plan to start with dedicated training for OR nurses at Tallinn Healthcare College, that would secure every graduate with a OR nursing specialty certificate.

The major event of 2014 will be the EORNA meeting in Tallinn that we are very proud to host.
Elmira Piiritalo, Tiiu Koemets

Hungary - News from Association of Hungarian Theatre Nurses - Magyar Műtősasszisztensi Társulás /MMT

After the elections which took place at the 29th November 2013, the new National Board of the MMT has started the activity at the beginning of January 2014.
The new President elected of the Organisation is Mrs. Tiborné Balasi (Katalin)
The new address of the organisation is: Hungary, 1074 Budapest, Rákóczi út. 68. 1/8
The new EORNA Board member, who will attend the first meeting in Stockholm, as observer, will be the new president elected, Mrs. Tiborné (Katalin) Balasi, replacing Ms. Magdolna Bátori.

EORNA Representatives / changes : 1. Ms. Emese Bérczi (no change) 2. Mrs. Tiborné (Katalin) Balasi (observer)
Ms. Emese Bérczi

IFPN and EORNA work together

IFPN and EORNA work together
An historic meeting took place on April 22 in Nicosia, Cyprus, at the gracious hospitality of the perioperative nurses organisation of Cyprus and during the Bi-annual Spring Meeting of the European Operating Room Nurses Association.

The International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN) and the European Operating Nurses Association (EORNA), met to work together on developing a Clinical Guideline on the critical issue of Patient Safety in the Operating Department.

The organisations’ representatives worked together to pool international expertise which will be used to give guidance to nurses working in operating departments around the world, providing a reference source and principles of safe practice to influence the quality of care they deliver to surgical patients.
Irini Antoniadou of Sweden, President-elect of EORNA said after the meeting “Cooperation on equal base is important for future common goals.
It is important to show our human face to each other when working with issues such as perioperative nursing”

Kate Woodhead, President of IFPN also welcomed the opportunity for the two organisations to work together and congratulated the Perioperative Nursing Committee of EORNA , and Petra Scheide of Switzerland for leading the team who worked to produce the guideline. President Woodhead said “the dynamics of the group worked well, and we achieved a huge step forward for perioperative nursing around the world, when these two organisations work together for the benefits of educating nurses and improving quality of care to patients.”

President Woodhead and President of EORNA, Kristiina Junttila of Finland, have developed a five year collaborative plan that will ensure that the meeting in Cyprus was just the first step on a long journey of working together.

The guideline is due to be ratified in the autumn of this year and published at the EORNAC Conference in Dublin in May 2006.

Notes: EORNA is an organisation comprising representatives of 24 countries throughout Europe and approximately 35,000 perioperative nurses. The EORNA Board meets twice annually in different areas of Europe. Every three years, EORNA organises a congress for operating room nurses. The next one will be held in Dublin, Ireland, on May 25-28, 2006.

IFPN is a Federation of Perioperative Nursing Organisations representing 90,000 perioperative nurses from 14 nations around the world.
Olivier Willieme

Occupational Danger for Perioperative Nurses : Joint IFPN and EORNA Position statement

The International Federation of Perioperative Nurses (IFPN) and The European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA) wish to express in the strongest possible language the continuing occupational danger which nurses suffer when exposed to blood borne viruses without personal protection.

See attached file

Joint_IFPN_EORNA_Position_statement_Sept_2005[1].pdf Joint IFPN EORNA Position statement Sept 2005[1].pdf  (89.62 KB)


Patient safety - our primary goal : a collaboration between EORNA and IFPN to promote a guideline for developing standards

Patient safety - our primary goal : a collaboration between EORNA and IFPN to promote a guideline for developing standards
Surgery has many risks for patients and the team. Some patients, the very young and the elderly are more vulnerable and should have special care to protect them. All members of the surgical and anaesthetic team are specially trained to reduce risks for the patient and themselves.
We believe that by using Universal Precautions the care team can reduce risks and avoid discrimination between patients. Blood borne viruses are a specific risk, which the team will protect themselves from by using appropriate personal protective equipment.

See full guideline in english (attached file)
See full guideline in portuguese (attached file)

EORNA_IFPN_Patient_Safety.pdf EORNA IFPN Patient Safety.pdf  (291.08 KB)
IFPN_in_portuguese.pdf IFPN in portuguese.pdf  (3.24 MB)
IFPN__EORNA__in_Portuguese.pdf IFPN__EORNA__in Portuguese.pdf  (370.4 KB)