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European Operating Room Nurses demand unified training; greater recognition at EU level

February 15th: European Day of Perioperative Nursing

Brussels and Dublin, 14 February 2011 - On the occasion of the 6th European Day of Perioperative Nursing, to be celebrated on 15 February 2011, the European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA) calls for the urgent implementation, at EU level, of a minimum basic level of perioperative nursing education, a credit-based continuous education system, and the mandatory rotation of student nurses into the operating department in order to expose students to this critical care area and encourage recruitment. This crucial nursing specialisation is facing a labour shortage exacerbated by the lack of uniform training programmes and diplomas recognised at EU level by fellow Member States. This creates a barrier to mobility within the EU, contributes to keeping salaries low and hinders recognition of a key nursing specialisation.

EORNA, which represents 50,000 members, is lobbying for greater equity across EU countries, and points out that even continuous education based on a credit system (as offered to its members via the EORNA Accreditation Council for Education, or ACE programme) pre-supposes a common level of initial training. In order to address the growing shortage of perioperative nurses in Europe, EORNA also emphasises the need to encourage the perioperative nurse training pathway, through the mandatory rotation of student nurses through operating theatre departments.

Perioperative Nursing Day 2011

The 6th European Day of Perioperative Nursing theme “Effective Team Communication improves Patient Safety” aims to draw attention to the critical role that perioperative nurses play in ensuring positive patient outcomes in surgery. In line with the WHO ‘Safe surgery saves Lives’ initiatives, they ensure all identified aspects are checked and verbalized as accurate and correct by each relevant team member.

“With this initiative we want to obtain more recognition for our profession. We also want to draw the EU’s attention to the barrier to free movement which is the result of such a disparate approach to education among other issues,” explains Caroline Higgins, President of EORNA.


A non-for-profit association, the European Operating Room Nurses Association (www.eorna.eu) was founded in 1980, and today consists of 25 member associations, representing 50,000 Healthcare professionals. EORNA exists to enhance and develop perioperative patient care across Europe. One of the EORNA's most important educational activities is EORNA ACE, the Accreditation Council for Education.

Ansell Healthcare (www.ansell.eu supports EORNA with specific courses from its AnsellCares® educational programme and is a proud sponsor of the 6th European Day of Perioperative Nurses

Note to editors:

More information and posters of the 6th European Day of Perioperative Nurses may be downloaded from http://www.eorna.eu/

For more information about EORNA or the issues facing peri-operative nurses in Europe, please contact:

Caroline Higgins, EORNA President / Christine Willems <christinewillems.afiso@gmail.com
tel: +353 12213621
cellular: +353 86 8336437
email: caroline.higgins@eorna.eu