by Martin Bedford, chair of EAHAD’s Nurses Committee
A highlight of the Nurses committee’s work last year was the publication of the European haemophilia nurses curriculum in Haemophilia (2016 Jan;22(1):103-9. doi: 10.1111/hae.12785. Epub 2015 Aug 17) and we were very pleased with how it was received at this year’s EAHAD congress. Ultimately, though, its success, or otherwise, will be in how effective it is in facilitating haemophilia nurse education.
To this end, our committee, with the support of EAHAD’s Executive Committee, are working on a number of initiatives:
- Increase dissemination by translating the curriculum into a number of European languages.
- Use the curriculum as a benchmark to indicate the knowledge base required by European haemophilia nurses. In the future we hope that this will be used as part of the accreditation of European haemophilia centres.
- Develop an educational strategy for European nurses based on the curriculum.
The first stage of this educational strategy is to increase nursing input into the EAHAD congresses starting with a pre-conference development day for nurses new to haemophilia. The full details of this day are still being decided, but it will be piloted in Paris at EAHAD 2017. The lessons from this pilot will then inform further development at EAHAD 2018 in Madrid, but as Sancho Panza says to Don Quixote, “al freír de los huevos lo verá” (“you’ll see when the eggs are fried”).
Watch this space for more details and do not hesitate to share any ideas or suggestions you have with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.