Good summer break to all of you!
In a world that is constantly changing and evolving, the challenges frontline nurses are facing and the emerging needs are huge. And if we take into account that nurses are massively leaving the profession due to bad working conditions, low salaries, high workloads, or poor mental health support, this takes another dimension. In this context, research and innovation play a key role. From a nursing research perspective, investing in research and innovation is investing in Europe’s future.
In this first half of the year, the ENRF continued to follow on key EU research and innovation developments bringing valuable information to the EFN Members and the ENRF Reference Points. The ENRF, and the nursing researchers, are key to move from EU research fragmentation and the lack of coherence towards impactful and outcome-oriented research outcomes with a key focus on exploitation.
As such, the ENRF will continue, in the second half of 2023, to follow up on these developments and inform the EFN members and the ENRF Reference Points on the key points to demonstrate the value of the nursing workforce and nursing innovation.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a relaxing summer holiday. Enjoy it to the fullest and take time to recharge your batteries to face the upcoming challenges.
Paul De Raeve
EFN Secretary General