“Nurses love robots”– Presented by Paul De Raeve, European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)

“Nurses love robots”– Presented by Paul De Raeve, European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) at the Health Tech Event which takes place on 08-12-2016 at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Many people believe that nurses are afraid of technological advancements, robots, as we assume nurses will be made redundant. This is absolutely not true! Innovation, eHealth services and robots help to increase the direct patient care, something we will need to focus on, to increase high quality and safe care. The European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) is a European advocate representing 3 million nurses from all EU Member States and other European countries. As the nursing profession is mainly a women’s profession (92%), it is crucial designs take up gender and user empowerment as key drivers for innovation. Nurses use technology daily in their practice, are critical, but build public procurements to fit innovation with a reality. It is important frontline practice benefit from innovation.  Within this context, EFN has developed, together with 24 partners, EU guidelines on eHealth services in nursing and social care, aiming at building integrated care through continuity of care. As such communication is key for nurses! The presentation will therefore show the capacity of the nursing profession to design together with the technological industries fit for practice solution, so we can consider return on investments as an essential outcome, even in the health and social care sector, which have been viewed for many years as a cost sector. Having an EU-wide perspective when developing new technologies is helpful to bring the EU closer to the citizens and the other way around.

About Paul De Raeve
Graduated as registered nurse in 1984, he obtained a Master degree in Nursing Science in 1989, a Master degree in Statistics in 1996, and a PhD in 2014, and worked in several settings until 2002, when he was appointed as EFN Secretary General. His activities relate to the promotion and protection of nurses and the nursing profession with particular reference to the EU in the field of education, workforce, and quality and safety, including eHealth.

About European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)
Established in 1971, the EFN is the independent voice of the nursing profession representing 35 National Nurses Associations. Its objective is to ensure that patients and nurses play a central role in the social and health policy at European and Member State levels. Its work has an effect on the daily work of 3 million nurses throughout the EU.