The European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) is the voice of nursing and midwifery within WHO European Region.Working in partnership and strategically with WHO and other key stakeholders we aim to influence health policy, improve the quality of health services and the health of people across the 53 Member States of the Region. We are passionate advocates of the central and unique contribution that Nurses and Midwives make to individual and population health and well-being across Europe and are committed to ensuring both professions are supported to deliver excellence in their practice. As the nature of care changes we believe that strengthening and developing the nursing and midwifery workforce through the provision of lifelong learning and research delivers excellence in public health and people-centered healthcare.
The 12th Annual Meeting focused on stewardship as one of the four key functions of health systems, together with financing, service provision and resource generation. For the first time two parallel sessions were held the day before the annual meeting, on leadership and quality improvement, with more than fifty nurses and midwives attending. The three key-note speakers described how their own countries, Uzbekistan, Sweden and Scotland, steward their national health system, with a special focus on the nursing and midwifery area. Three workshops discussed nursing and midwifery’s contribution to health systems stewardship During the plenary sessions the working teams presented an overview of their discussion, and provided a feedback on the draft statement on stewardship. Issues such as nursing and midwifery education, leadership and legislation were addressed.