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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

Finland : news from FORNA

Year 2013

FORNA participates actively in different projects developing perioperative nursing and organizes professional training courses mainly once a year.

Today the association has about 2000 members. The association has representatives in different parts of Finland acting as the contact persons for the operating room nurses and promoting the local work. A training meeting for the representatives was held in October together with the national congress.

This year annual national congress was held in October in the ski resort Levi in Lapland. The theme of the congress was “The path of the tourist”. The topics covered different skiing accidents and other trauma, which is every day in Levi during wintertime. There were also other topics about perioperative nursing and an exhibition of the companies.

The association publishes Pinsetti journal four times a year. Some of the topics this year were gynaecology, urology, gastrology, traumatology and education.

Grants and scholarships can be applied from the association for educational purposes such as attending training courses. FORNA also supports local functions with grants.

FORNA will regenerate the co-operation with associations of anaesthesia nurses during the year 2014.

More information from web pages www.forna.org (Finnish)

News from Israel

IPNA is celebrating 24 years of working.
IPNA continues with the educational program for OR nurses, clinical meetings and conferences. The subject of national congress is : The face behind the mask : promoting OR nurses activities, and team development.

The congress is sponsored by our association for all Perioperative nursers who are IPNA members.
IPNA is attending to publish the 3rd OR nurses magazine in hard copy and electronic version and is starting to prepare 2014 year Schedule.

EORNA Representatives : Yael Edry - Ahuva Friedman
Olivier Willieme

News from Russia

Date and venue of Next National Conference : November 26-27, 2013, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Russian Nurses Association invites all specialists in operating room nursing and sterilization to come together in St.Petersburg and discuss professional issues including:
• The Central Sterilization Department role in providing hospital safety;
• New trends in Operating Room Nursing;
• Approaches to Wound Treatment and Care
This Conference will allow discussing management, regulation, education and evidence based nursing practice in order to achieve improved treatment outcomes. It is anticipated that about 400 participants from all over the Russia and other countries will participate, including practice experts, faculty members, professional leaders, health care managers and industrial partners.

EORNA Representatives / changes : Natalia Faleeva
Olivier Willieme

News from EstORNA - Estonia

Estonian Operating Room Nurses Association (EstORNA) national congress date November the 9th, in Tallinn. The main subject was "Patient safety". Lectures on topics of surgical complications, infection control in the operating room, patient hypothermia in operating room. Will be present master thesis results: "The relationships between patient safety culture and perceived organization -based self-esteem among nurses : an examination based on operating centres of three hospitals". Gives an overview of the HIPEC (hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy) procedure. We will plan to discuss about EstORNA issues and continue our tradition view the pictures different hospitals of operating theatre.
Olivier Willieme

News EORNACongress in Lisbon on Belga Media Support (Belgium)

Olivier Willieme

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Olivier Willieme

News from Israel - June 2012

IPNA national congress date September the 10th, in Tel Aviv. The main subject will be "Risk management, Ethics and Esthetic in the Operating Room". We will have a specialists panel that will discussed 5 different mistakes or near mistakes that happened in different OR's in Israel

In the first time we will giive , scholarship to three OR nurses who are learning clinical education courses.

The plans for 2013 are to have nurses changing between OR'S, to continue the association colaboration with competencies, to have at least three educational conferences etc.

We are looking for agreement with the government to recognize the OR Nurses as radiation workers with all the privileges..

Activities 2012 :
Translating EORNA core curriculum to Hebrew
Celebrating the nursing day
Discussing EORNA issues in national board meetings
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)