Marco Kucan - new Slovenian Council Member
November 1, 2019
EfCCNa is happy to welcome Marco Kucan as the new Slovenian representative within the EfCCNa family of critical care nursing organisations.
Marko is a RN. He works as an ICU bedside nurse in the Department of Intensive Internal Medicine at the University Medical Centre Ljubljana.
He is especially interested VAP prevention and nursing care of patients on ECMO. He is currently studying for a master's degree in nursing.
New Serbian Council Representative: Sofija Kurtovic
November 1, 2019
EfCCNa welcomes Sofija Kurtovic as new Serbian Council member.
Sofija was born in 1974 and lives in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been working as pediatric nurse at University Children's Hospital, first 18 years in the PICU, than 2 years as a head nurse of the hospital. Currently she works in leading position for nursing education. Sofija is a founding member of the Nurses Society of Intensive Care, Anesthesia and Reanimation of Serbia (UINARS) and from 2011 she holds the post of vice-president of this national nurses society. In 2015 she completed her Bachelor of Nursing: Sofija is following Biljana Savic. EfCCNa thanks Biljana very much for representing Serbia in the federation and wish her all the best for her future.
ICU Staffing and relation to patient outcome
November 1, 2019
Fantastic! This study shows that ICUs with 24/7 intensivist coverage, with a dedicated pharmacist and with higher nurse autonomy did best in terms of having the lowest mortality, shortest ICU LOSs and shortest duration of MV
Intensive Care Med. 2019 Oct 8. doi: 10.1007/s00134-019-05790-z. [Epub ahead of print]
ICU staffing feature phenotypes and their relationship with patients' outcomes: an unsupervised machine learning analysis.
EfCCNa now also on Instagram
October 18, 2019
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From Norway to Belgium
October 16, 2019
Through EfCCNa’s homepages, I found the “Exchange programme” https://www.efccna.org/education/exchange-programme and contacted EfCCNa’s Norwegian international contact person Mathilde Christensen who contacted Belgium’s international contact person Arnaud Bruyneel. He suggested some hospitals from which I could choose. However, some of the hospitals had an absolute demand that I could speak French, one of the official languages in Belgium – which I do not. Nevertheless, I finally ended up at CHU Brugman where Yves Maule made an excellent schedule for me for an interesting week.
I will most definitely recommend the exchange-programme. Having insight in other work cultures is most rewarding and raises awareness to the work in your own unit.
Start the process early. Make your self an opinion on what you want from the exchange. Prepare a presentation of your own unit. Show photos and statistics on the population you serve and average days admitted, days on ventilator and such. This is always interesting to others with similar work and makes a basis to compare. Remember that this is an exchange – and it works both ways.
Talk to your colleagues before you go on an exchange, to find out what do we want to know? How do others solve their challenges? What are their procedures on different tasks? It is always interesting to know how others approach issues, and are their approach different from ours?