ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme

ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme

Objectives, programme, and facts

For several years ECCO has been exploring ways to increase nurse education opportunities throughout Europe. ECCO believes it is essential to develop a comprehensive, practical education programme for IBD nurses, which would aim to increase the number and enhance the role of IBD nurses. Various discussions led by and with ECCO nurses confirmed this.

In addition to the three nursing Educational Activities that are offered at the ECCO Congress each year, ECCO will launch a brand new IBD Nursing Education Programme in 2018. This six-month programme will consist of:

  1. Two 1-2 day face-to-face meetings, one at the beginning of the programme and one at the end
  2. Six months of distance learning using literature and e-Learning materials
  3. A one-week visit to an established IBD nursing centre in the home country

This programme aims to reach all European nurses, taking place in one country per course cycle. The education will be provided in the local language of each country, in order to overcome the English language barrier. The focus of this course will be on the education for nurses and not on any specific degree or certification. The programme modules can be found here.

ECCO will fully fund this programme for all participants, including meeting organisation and travel expenses.

Each participant will have two mentors to guide them through the programme and assist with any language concerns. One will be an established IBD nurse either from the host country or another ECCO Member Country. The second will be a clinician in the nurse's own hospital.

The ECCO IBD Nurse Education Programme is specifically targeted at all ECCO Member Countries with an interest in and capacity for hosting this IBD Nurse Education Programme. N-ECCO National Representatives or ECCO National Representatives who see this programme as an opportunity to foster IBD nursing in their own country are invited to propose their country as a programme destination. All other interested persons are invited to encourage their N-ECCO or ECCO National Representatives to apply.

The following minimum requirements apply for participants:

  • Some knowledge of the English language
  • Working in an IBD centre or with IBD patients (participants do not have to be IBD nurses)
  • Commitment to two face-to-face meetings, two hours of distance learning per week, and a one-week visit to an established IBD nursing centre
  • Agreement of a clinical mentor
  • Commitment from employer/manager to be able to attend meetings (and possibly learning hours - if learning hours cannot be arranged with employer, then participants would need to commit to learning in their own time)

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