Welcome to the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA) websiteThe CCNA has approximately 250 members from around the UK and Southern Ireland, as well as a few members from around the globe. Members are predominantly nurses however over the last few years membership of the association has expanded to promote the engagement of other healthcare practitioners working in the speciality, such as adult nurses working in the adult congenital heart disease centres. We always welcome new member applications and especially encourage members to take an active part in the CCNA through the executive committee.
Please see the Members page to download an application form
The aims of the CCNA are:
- To act as a discussion forum for health care practitioners engaged or interested in congenital, acquired or inherited cardiothoracic practice
- To facilitate communication interprofessionally as well as between children’s cardiac centres, nationally and internationally
- To act as a body representing the voice of children’s cardiac nurses throughout the UK and Southern Ireland
- To act as a body representing the voice of congenital cardiac nurses throughout the UK and Southern Ireland
- To promote and share ideas relating to clinical practice, research and education
- To promote the welfare of the child, young person and their family within the sphere of children’s cardiac nursing
The Executive Committee members have a business meeting at least 4 times per annum; these meetings also offer an opportunity for the CCNA to work on national issues affecting children’s cardiac nurses, such as developing the “Children and young people’s cardiac nursing: RCN guidance on roles, career pathways and competence development” (RCN, 2014)
Our newsletters are produced for members bi-annually by Jenny Somer and Emily Ellis, the aim being to update members on the work that the executive committee have been undertaking; to share local, national and international news and stories and to advertise upcoming events and conferences. So if you have anything that you would like to share with other CCNA members please do contact Jenny or Emily for more information about deadlines for publication.
Historically there were 2 conferences or symposiums per year, one in the spring (alongside Cardiology in the Young) and the second in the autumn (alongside the BCCA) however over the last 2 years our presence has mainly been linked to the BCCA meetings in November. This has predominantly been because the executive committee have been busy working on the Safe and Sustainable review and latterly the NHS England review and therefore have not been able to dedicate time to organising separate conferences.
We also have a CCNA Group within LinkedIn ‘Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association’ which is open to non-members.A Facebook Group – Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association A Twitter account: @CCNAssociation (Updated October 2014 by Kerry Gaskin)