Advocacy Working Group

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Advocacy WG members:

  • Patrick Crombez, EONS Board Member (Chair), Belgium
  • Helena Ullgren (Vice Chair), Sweden
  • Graça Braz, Portugal
  • Fernanda Conceição Portugal
  • Matthew Fowler, UK
  • Halldóra Hálfdánardóttir, Iceland
  • Terry Hanan, Ireland
  • Merel van Klinken, the Netherlands
  • Dimitrios Protogiros, Greece
  • Theologia Tsitsi, Cyprus
  • Ana Khmaladze, Georgia
  • Emma Woodford, EONS COO (Observer)

Membership of the group lasts for two years, for both Working Group members and Chairs. Membership may be renewed twice. Membership of a Working Group therefore lasts for a maximum of 6 years.

Objectives of the working group

The objectives of the working group are to:

  1. By the end of 2020, EONS Advocacy WG & EONS Board, will be trained and experienced advocates
    How: Have workshops, starting in September when next face-to-face meeting. WG members will all find out how their countries society works, in terms of how policy and regulations in health care is conducted and who their MACs’ are etc. Use of key messages from RECaN phase 2 to advocate for on EU level.
  2. By the end of 2020, the WG will have created a data set of how education is regulated for all EONS member countries and explore in parallel how EONS Education Framework can be “translated” in the Common Training Framework.
    How: work closely with our National Society’s, Research WG and Education WG, ESNO Goal (long term not feasible until 2020): to implement EONS Cancer Nursing Framework in minimum 10-member countries – to get the status of a common training framework in EU.
  3. Achieve improved patient safety across Europe by 2020.
    How: Data from phase 2 RECaN will be used as baseline (look specifically on safety items), gather data on how different member countries work in terms of preparing chemotherapy (objective is to improve the number of member countries that prepare chemotherapy in safe manner (not by the nurses). Another proposal was to obtain no longer than 12h shift for nurses by end 2020. We are aiming to consider both objectives in parallel (chemotherapy safety and length of shift). Work with Patient coalition representatives and use safety questionnaire phase 2 RECaN.
  4. Collaborative objective: The ECND will be embedded in Cancer Nursing Culture by 2020. HOW: work closely with all WGs – advocacy is to move this forward, to be a day for both celebrating, recognition and empowering of cancer nurses. Collaboration with Communication WG to use data from ECND 2018 in order to explore which politicians tweeted or re-tweeted during ECND 2018. They could be future targets for any action on other objectives.