International Partners

American Thoracic Society (ATS) Nursing Assembly

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The ATS Nursing Assembly has more than 200 international members, with specialists in the 3 pillars of ATS: pulmonary, critical care and sleep and beyond including paediatrics, gerontology, allergy, home care, telehealth, health information technology, psychology, rehabilitation, education, occupational health and palliative and end-of-life care. We are researchers, clinicians, and educators who practice worldwide across a variety of settings brought together by our common interests of improving the respiratory health of patient, families and communities through research, practice, education and training, and advocacy.

The ATS Nursing Assembly is committed to fostering an international nursing network dedicated to building the scientific foundation for nursing practice that is translated and implemented to deliver patient-centered, interdisciplinary care for people affected by respiratory, critical care or sleep-related conditions across the lifespan and care settings.

We welcome all respiratory health professionals and researchers who share the interests of the Nursing Assembly. As an ATS member, you can choose the Nursing Assembly as your primary assembly, or as a secondary assembly. You can designate up to two secondary assemblies, and there is no additional cost for adding a secondary assembly.

If you would like further information or would like to become a member of ATS, please contact Lynn F. Reinke (Chair of the ATS Nursing assembly) at reinkl@uw.edu

European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI)

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The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EAACI, is an association including 41 European National Societies, more than 7,800 academicians, research investigators and clinicians including nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals aimed at:

  • Promoting basic and clinical research
  • Collecting, assessing and disseminating scientific information
  • Functioning as a scientific reference body for other scientific, health and political organisations
  • Encouraging and providing training and continuous education
  • Promoting good patient care in this important area of medicine

If you would like further information or would like to become a member of EAACI, please visit: www.eaaci.org

European Respiratory Society (ERS) Nursing Group

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The mission of the European Respiratory Society is to alleviate suffering from respiratory disease and promote lung health through research, sharing of knowledge, and medical and public education. The ERS, founded in 1990, is now a 10 000-member nonprofit professional society, devoted to respiratory medicine and science, comprising 11 scientific assemblies covering the full breadth of the field.

The ERS nursing group has the objective to stimulate advancement in respiratory nursing by promoting nursing research and by facilitating dissemination of scientific results in terms of congress presentations and publication of evidence based recommendations.

In addition, this group aims to develop the knowledge, clinical and scientific skills of nurses working in different settings such as hospitals, primary care and academic institutions through communication on relevant congresses and courses, and by facilitating sharing of knowledge and information between nurses and other professional working in Respiratory Care. This group also offers the opportunity to nurses expand their network with international nursing associations and collaborate with nurses and other respiratory disciplines all over Europe.

If you would like further information or would like to become a member of the ERS, please contact: Bettina Korn (Chair) or Georgia Narsavage (Secretary) on gnarsavage@hsc.wvu.edu

European COPD Coalition (ECC)


The European COPD Coalition’s mission is to conquer the myths and misunderstandings around COPD and to coordinate the actions of multiple stakeholders to improve COPD prevention, diagnosis and the quality and provision of COPD care across Europe. The ECC advocates to have COPD to be part of the EU political agenda.

A key aim of the ECC is to find common agendas among not for profit organisations and life science representatives. These coalitions will identify where energy and resources can be combined to prevent COPD and improve patient care. Thereby recognising that improved awareness of COPD diagnosis, review, management and prevention would benefit patients, healthcare systems and those at risk.

If you would like further information or would like to become a member of ECC, please visit: www.copdcoalition.eu

European Specialist Nurses Organisations (ESNO)


The goal of European Specialist Nurses Organisations (ESNO) is to facilitate and provide an effective framework for communication and co-operation between the European Specialist Nurses Organisation and its constituent members in order to represent the mutual interests and benefits of these organisations to the wider European community, for the interest of the public health.

ERNA is a member of ESNO which now has 17 organisations as members from a range of nursing specialities: Critical care, respiratory (ERNA), diabetes, rheumatology, dermatology, mental health, nurse anaesthetists, emergency care (new), oncology, veterinary (new), obstetric, cardiothoracic, directors & Horacio.

Each organisation has a seat at board and Wendy Preston currently represents ERNA. They meet twice a year to review progress and agree focus/ future developments, with a Summit planned for 2017. This was the key focus for their November 2016 meeting as well as board structure and accreditation processes/ availability. Nursing practice and definitions of specialist/ advanced nursing were also discussed and in some countries the role of a specialist is thought of as advanced however there are no prescribing or diagnostic permissions.

If you would like further information or would like to become a member of ESNO, please visit: http://www.esno.org/index.php