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A draft of Accompanying letter
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  • 1. Załącznik : A draft of Accompanying letter Dear colleagues The British Association of Critical Care Nurses, on behalf of the European Federation of Critical Care Nursing associations (EfCCNa) would like to invite your unit to join an innovative exchange programme. The EfCCNa was founded in 1999 in Berlin/Germany, and is a non-governmental, independent organisation, which is committed to improving critical care nursing. It has grown to a membership of 23 European critical care nursing organisations, representing approx 20.000 critical care nurses of EU countries, EU applicants and non-EU countries. The EfCCNa has made good progress in many of its priorities in the past years. One of them is to promote the cooperation and collaboration between European critical care nurses. For that reason, EfCCNa has built-up an exchange programme which is an initiative that has been developed in consultation with representatives of EfCCNa to formalise stronger links between nurses across Europe. The aim of the exchange programme is: To stimulate professional development and collaboration of critical care nurses through an exchange programme involving visits to critical care units across European countries. Objectives  To widen the professional horizons of critical care nurses in Europe.  To promote international collaboration between critical care nurses in Europe.  To stimulate the personal professional development of critical care nurses in Europe. To be considered eligible, a host unit must be able to meet the following criteria:  Have a contact person, state ways of contacting this individual.  Have a dedicated member of staff who will supervise the guest for the period of the visit.  Provide a structured programme of activities, e.g. practice, education, research.  Supply a 200-500 word summary of the opportunities for learning and development within your unit including specific details like: type of critical care units; specialities; number of beds; educational activities; research activities; nursing skill mix.  Arrange for low cost accommodation or be willing to provide alternative arrangements like nurses in the unit housing the visiting nurse. A nurse on an exchange visit will not be expected to deliver patient care. Their role will be purely to observe and learn how care is delivered/organized in your unit and country. An exchange has a place in the measure that the hosting hospital permits/stimulates the visiting nurse to describe the reality of his/her country, to exchange knowledge and ideas, to illustrate
  • 2. different means to allegate the cure from which the unit could perhaps draw applicable suggestions. Aspects that you might wish to include as part of the visit might include organising a day with specialist nurses such as the pain nurse, infection control nurse and transplant coordinator. Visits to the local university to discuss educational development in critical care would be helpful. In due course further details will be required which will then be added to the EfCCNa website, so that critical care nurses who may wish to have an exchange can learn about the opportunities available within your area of practice. Additional information on the EfCCNa (constitution, minutes, reports, news, etc) is available on the EfCCNa website <http://www.efccna.org>. On behalf of EfCCNa, we are very much looking forward to your application for the exchange programme. We wish you good luck and hope this provides opportunities for closer collaboration and cooperation - for the benefit of your personal professional development and possibly improvements in the care for the critically ill patients. To assist the EfCCNa representative in your country to start organizing some of the background work, you will need to supply the following details: Name Contact details Short summary about your unit If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please contact: Georgina Parker Administration Executive BACCN baccn@indexcommunications.com 01794 521767 Yours sincerely,
  • 3. THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME Outline of the exchange programme prepared for the European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations ON THE FRONT PAGE: The European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations (EfCCNa) has many priorities; one of these is to promote greater cooperation between member associations and share expertise to develop nursing care throughout the European countries. To achieve this objective, the federation has developed an exchange programme with the aims of stimulating professional development, networking and collaboration of critical care nurses. It is intended that initially at least three critical care units from each member association will be involved in establishing the exchange programme. The intention is that visiting nurses will not undertake any direct patient care, but will be there as observers to learn about the delivery of critical care nursing and the healthcare system of the host country. On completion of the visit the guest nurse and the host institution will undertake a formal evaluation. CLICK A BUTTON to get: EXCHANGE PROGRAMME  Background  Aims and objectives Who can participate Procedure for organising a visit Roles and responsibilities of the EfCCNa representative Procedure for the hospital/unit Hospital list Contact information sheet Evaluation form Background As a result of agreements within the European community, there is now greater mobility and opportunity for nurses to travel and work in many European countries. Critical care nursing in Europe varies from one country to another. Not only are standards of educational preparation for practice different but there are also variations in the delivery of nursing care, application of evidence-based interventions, availability of equipment, and collaboration of the multi- disciplinary team. Cultural values investment in technology and funding of health care are
  • 4. three of the many factors that explain differences in how nursing and medical services are provided across nations. In order to increase awareness and develop a deeper understanding of how critical care nursing is delivered in different European countries, EfCCNa is proposing an exchange programme to enable nurses from one country to visit critical care units in another country. This programme aims to provide the facilities for any member of the EfCCNa associations to spend at least one week in another country for the purpose of enhancing their knowledge and experience of nursing in the European countries. The aims and objectives Aim To stimulate professional development and collaboration of critical care nurses through an exchange programme involving visits to critical care units across European countries. Objectives  To widen the professional horizons of critical care nurses in Europe.  To promote international collaboration between critical care nurses in Europe.  To stimulate the personal professional development of critical care nurses in Europe. Who can participate All critical care nurses, or nurses working in critical care units, from European countries who are members of EfCCNa. Procedure for organising a visit 1. Choose a destination from the Hospital list. 2. Make contact with the EfCCNa representative for the country of your choice and provide details. 3. From the representative you will get the name of a contact person at the hospital. Discuss your aims and objectives with the contact person of what you plan to achieve during your visit. It is advised to vary your timetable of activities. A mix of clinical practice, touring through the hospital, taking part in education sessions and social activities is advised. 4. It is expected that as the visiting nurse you might give a presentation about critical care nursing in your country or a subject of your speciality. 5. A visit may take at least to 2 to 4 months to organise. 6. Travelling and accommodation costs will be met in full by the visiting nurse. 7. Fill out an evaluation form by the end of your experience and return it to the EfCCNa representative and the contact person in the hospital. 8. It would be very much appreciated if you write an article about your experience that can be published in Connect: The World of Critical Care Nursing, or your own national critical care nursing journal and/or the EfCCNa website.
  • 5. Roles and responsibilities of the EfCCNa representative 1. Make a list of at least three units in your country with the name of a contact person for each unit. It is of vital importance to keep this list updated. Advertise the exchange programme in your national journal and websites, with a link to the EfCCNa website. 2. When approached by a nurse who wishes to organise an exchange visit, ask if the nurse is a member of their national association and obtain all the necessary personal details and relevant dates. 3. Then approach the chosen unit and the contact person and supply the necessary details. 4. Forward the aims and objectives to the contact person for discussion. 5. Ensure that lodging facility in the hospital or nearby in a hotel has been identified including the costs. The possibility of residential lodging in the home of the host should be explored to reduce costs. The EfCCNa representative will play the intermediary role between the visiting nurse and the host hospital, ensuring that all issues are clarified. 6. Within two months of being approached by the visiting nurse, the aims and objectives should be finalised and agreed between all key people. 7. Six weeks after the contact has been made with the host hospital, check with the visiting nurse and the contact person at the unit that a programme has been agreed:  If yes – ask for their timetable, and two weeks before the visit send a letter to the visiting nurse reminding of them to complete the evaluation form and wishing them good luck.  If no - find out why. 8. If the evaluation form is not returned within two weeks after the visit, contact the visiting nurse. 9. In all cases, whether the exchange programme was completed or not, send a short report to the chair of the exchange programme. Procedure for the hospital /unit Introduction: To be a host to a colleague from another country in a formal or an informal way is always a challenge. It requires careful planning and timetabling. However, the experience can be rewarding for both the host and visitor. Moreover it paves the way for long-term collaboration and partnerships. The host hospital should facilitate the visiting nurse to describe the nature of critical care nursing and medical care in his/her own country, and to exchange knowledge and ideas. The task of the hosting unit will be: 1. To provide a named contact person who will co-ordinate the visit (contact information sheet). 2. The contact person will agree to mentor and supervise the visiting nurse during the time spent in the host unit. 3. To contribute jointly with the visiting nurse to the preparation of a one week programme. It is advised to vary the programme. A mix of clinical practice, research and innovative activities, educational sessions and social activities is suggested. 4. Within two months of being approached by the visiting nurse, the aims and objectives should be finalised and agreed between all key people. 5. Agree to prepare a short orientation programme of the unit, hospital and city.
  • 6. 6. Enable the visitor to participate in a range of clinical activities but not to undertake direct patient contact. 7. To assist the nurse in organising their stay by offering a lodging facility in the hospital or in a nearby hotel, or by encouraging nurses of the hospital to host the visiting nurse. 8. Organising an exchange visit may take at least 2 to 4 months of preparation. 9. Post all relevant information to the visiting nurse at least 4 weeks prior to arrival. 10. Encourage the visiting nurse to give a presentation about critical care nursing in their country or on subjects related to the nurse’s speciality. 11. Follow up on the evaluation form, and collect it. Contact information sheet – the Hospital database Hospital details Name hospital Address Post Code Country Language spoken on the unit Website hospital Summary (200-500 word summary of the opportunities for learning and development within your unit including specific details like: type of critical care units; specialities; number of beds; educational activities; research activities; nursing skill mix). Contact person details All the following information, available only for the representative Name Position Email address Telephone Fax Spoken languages Hospital list The list will be published in October
  • 7. 6. Enable the visitor to participate in a range of clinical activities but not to undertake direct patient contact. 7. To assist the nurse in organising their stay by offering a lodging facility in the hospital or in a nearby hotel, or by encouraging nurses of the hospital to host the visiting nurse. 8. Organising an exchange visit may take at least 2 to 4 months of preparation. 9. Post all relevant information to the visiting nurse at least 4 weeks prior to arrival. 10. Encourage the visiting nurse to give a presentation about critical care nursing in their country or on subjects related to the nurse’s speciality. 11. Follow up on the evaluation form, and collect it. Contact information sheet – the Hospital database Hospital details Name hospital Address Post Code Country Language spoken on the unit Website hospital Summary (200-500 word summary of the opportunities for learning and development within your unit including specific details like: type of critical care units; specialities; number of beds; educational activities; research activities; nursing skill mix). Contact person details All the following information, available only for the representative Name Position Email address Telephone Fax Spoken languages Hospital list The list will be published in October

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