Nursing in Europe is undergoing a profound change, both academically and professionally, to adapt and meet the health and social needs of the European population, in which more people live with long term conditions, and where professional mobility is a key principle of the single market. But also large migratory movements and digitalisation of the health sector influences the needs. So, what do nurses do? Adapt to the needs of the population!

It is key nurses contribute to the sustainability, quality and safety of the European health and social care ecosystems by contributing nurses new knowledge to the EU, national, regional and local health and social policies, including the prevention of disease and the promotion of health; accessibility to high quality and safe healthcare services; and deploy new technologies to advance practice and processes to deliver better outcomes.

An important phenomenon affecting the delivery of positive healthcare outcomes is missed nursing care, referring to care partially completed, or not completed at all, and to the nurses’ decision-making processes and the prioritisation of care when resources are not sufficient to provide all the needed care to patients. The circumstances forcing nurses to take decisions on the allocation of scarce resources have been exacerbated by austerity measures since 2008 (!), particularly affecting outcomes.

Within this context, Rancare Action, expressing the need to collaborate closer with ENRF, is aiming at enabling and facilitating internationally coordinated exchange of expertise and knowledge for both research and clinical practice at European and international levels, and enabling research and policy synergies by drawing out the implications of nursing rationing across countries and identify innovative delivery models and strategies with an overall aim to address patient needs. On Tuesday 26 February 2019, the Rancare Action Core Group discussed with Paul De Raeve, ENRF Secretary General, options to work closer in the near future.