Riley, Jillian P., Astin, Felicity, Crespo-Leiro, Marisa G., Deaton, Christi M., Kienhorst, Jens, Lambrinou, Ekaterini, McDonagh, Theresa A., Rushton, Claire A., Stromberg, Anna, Filippatos, Gerasimos and Anker, Stefan D. (2016) Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology heart failure nurse curriculum. European Journal of Heart Failure, 18 (7). pp. 736-743. ISSN 1388-9842

Recent advances in care and management of heart failure have improved outcome, largely as a result of the developing evidence-base for medications, implantable devices and the organisation of heart failure follow-up. Such developments have also increased the complexity of delivering and coordinating care. This has led to a change to the way in which heart failure services are organised and to the traditional role of the heart failure nurse.
Nurses in many countries now provide a range of services that include: providing care for patients with acute and with chronic heart failure: working in and across different sectors of care (inpatient, outpatient, community care, the home and remotely): organising care services around the face-to-face and the remote collection of patient data; and liaising with a wide variety of healthcare providers and professionals. To support such advances the nurse requires a skill set that goes beyond that of their initial education and training.
The range of nurses’ roles across Europe is varied. So too is the nature of their educational preparation. This heart failure nurse curriculum aims to provide a framework for use in countries of the ESC. Its modular approach enables the key knowledge, skills and behaviours for the nurse working in different care settings to be outlined and so facilitate nursing staff to play a fuller role within the heart failure team.

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