Clinical Excellence

Encouraging the best in clinical care

The most important objective ERNA strives for is to improve clinical excellence across Europe in the prevention and treatment of respiratory disease and illness. ERNA encourages the best quality care to be provided to patients within the available resources. It works to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices in respiratory medicine in order to improve quality of care for patients.

ERNA promotes the latest educational tools for respiratory nurses. Through ERNA, the most up-to-date clinical guidelines and care plans on respiratory illness can be spread to health care professionals across Europe; studied and then implemented; ensuring patients receive the best quality care.

ERNA is the place to keep up-to-date with the latest clinical evidence: European Lung Foundation White Book

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The European Lung White Book is a comprehensive overview of the state of lung health and disease in Europe. Its 41 chapters, spread over 400-plus pages, draw on the latest data to give a detailed picture of the continent's respiratory health.

European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO)

ERNA has joined an organisation called ‘European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO)’ that brings together organisation from a range of specialities to provide a unified voice in European. The vision of ESNO is to have qualified specialist nurses with academically accredited training programs to ensure safety and quality of care and mobility of workforce within Europe.

ESNO have developed some core competences that are shared by all specialities that could be built upon to create a competency framework for speciality nurses.

Competences of the Clinical Nurse specialist (CNS)

Setting up a new Respiratory Association or Network

If you are interested in setting up a new respiratory group in your country, we have put together a guide called ’Setting up a new Respiratory Group. The guide provides you with the necessary information to assist with the first steps to building your own network, such as:

  • How to set up your network
  • The objectives you would need to consider
  • How to define responsibilities, and more.

Click to download the guide Setting up a new Respiratory Group