Greece (GORNA) Educational and scientific activities
In 2019, GORNA organized a number of educational activities. As always, the annual national congress was the highlight of GORNA’s events. The 30th Panhellenic Congress on Perioperative Nursing was held at Ioannina, a beautiful city built around lake Pamvotida. More than 400 Perioperative Nurses from all around the country participated in the educational program and were accredited with 17 educational points from EORNA ACE.
Also, GORNA organized the 3rd cycle of the Postgraduate Program of Continuing Education on Perioperative Nursing, in cooperation with the Education Council of the Hellenic Surgical Society and the 3rd Surgical Clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The program duration consisted of one day of lectures and one day of hands-on practice.
Additional to its own educational activities, GORNA collaborates with many Panhellenic scientific associations in Greece and actively participates in their congresses with lectures, round tables, satellite symposiums and clinical seminars. Also, GORNA currently works in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Health and specifically the National Council for the Development of Nursing in order to upgrade Nursing as a profession and a scientific field, as well as to achieve the official establishment of Perioperative Nursing Specialty. Additionally, GORNA participated in the pilot study of the Erasmus program “Key Skill Management in Operating Room” (KSMOR) for the validation of the respective tool. Also, GORNA has submitted a detailed proposal for the establishment of specific nursing specializations emphasized on perioperative nursing and on anesthesiology nursing, through an 18-month educational program.
Furthermore, GORNA members participated in the 9th EORNA Congress (May 16-19, 2019, The Hague, Netherlands) with 2 oral and 8 poster presentations, one of which was distinguished among the 20 best posters (“Safety culture among health workers in pediatric operating rooms, Athens, Greece: an assessment through Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ)”).
Moreover, GORNA supported and achieved for nurses working in sterilization to be included as beneficiaries of a special paid leave, additional to their regular one, which has been provided to other nursing departments, such as the operating room, but not for sterilization until now.
GORNA publishes the unique in Greece online scientific journal “Perioperative Nursing”, which is available in the Greek and English languages at www.spnj.gr. “Perioperative Nursing” is indexed in the following databases: EBSCO, CINAHL, GOOGLE SCHOLAR, ZENODO, HYPATIA, OPENAIRE, DataCite and Emcare.
Finally, GORNA prepares interesting seminars concerning Perioperative evidence-based Nursing.
RN, MSc, MBA, MEd, CSN, PhD
Αssistant Professor, Department of Nursing, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
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