The journal of nutrition, health & aging vol:8 issue:3 pages:197-9
In order to support the urgent need for proactive and targeted investments in care for older persons a group of geriatric nurse specialists from different European countries convened in Leuven (Belgium) in November 2002 to launch the European Nursing Academy for Care of Older persons (ENACO). The mission of ENACO is to enhance outcomes of older persons and their caregivers through strengthening gerontological clinical nursing care, education, research and health policy within an interdisciplinary context. Specific objectives of ENACO are: 1) providing up-to-date education and training by "teaching the teachers". More specifically, the target groups are master's prepared nurses specialized in gerontology who can contribute and guide the development of gerontological/geriatric nursing care in their own country; 2) developing a core curriculum for basic gerontological nursing education in Europe and; 3) developing an European network of gerontological nursing expertise. More specifically, a web page providing opportunities for interactive communication as well as a mentoring program will be developed for nurses interested in the deepening and fine-tuning of their professional experience in care for older persons. The fact that care for older persons is high on the European agenda, the collaboration with the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA), and other professional organizations in Europe and other parts of the world, are promising elements in the development of ENACO.