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The 5th International ETNA Conference will be hosted in Odense, Denmark on 19th and 20th June 2017.

Click here for more details and watch this space for further details on how to attend or submit your papers!

For information on how to register as a nurse or midwife in the UK for applicants trained in the EU or EEA, please click here.



A message from the President, Professor Irena Papadopoulos

ETNA members and friends,

Another year is coming to an end; a year full of excitement and possibilities for ETNA.

This is the time of year we look back and reflect on all the things we have achieved and those which, for whatever reason, we did not manage to address.

So, allow me to share my reflections with you.

We began 2015 gazing towards two big goals we set ourselves for the year: a) The ETNA conference, b) The relaunch of the ETNA website.

A number of people worked very hard to organise the wonderful 4th ETNA conference which took place in beautiful Budapest, Hungary, in June 2015. Everyone who attended the conference had an enriching and enjoyable experience. We left Budapest with lovely memories to treasure for a long time. Thank you everyone for making it such a successful event. The biggest thank you goes to Katalin Papp and Zoltan Balogh for their commitment, compassion, and hard work.

In October we successfully re-launched the ETNA website. The site contains useful information to which we can continuously add and I hope you will all be contributing so that the ETNA resources can be enriched. This can provide the reason for nursing and other healthcare students to visit the site and engage with ETNA. It can also provide the opportunity for you to showcase your work! There are other useful functions of the website clearly and logically designed by our volunteer web designer Sean Collinge ably helped by the ETNA webmaster Alfonso Pezzella. I thank them both very much.

There were of course many other achievements such as for example the establishment of an ETNA facebook page and a twitter account. You can access them both via the ETNA website. Another achievement I must mention is the quarterly newsletter which is produced and edited by Christiana Kouta. This year a number of you contributed news and short articles for the newsletter which was a delight to read. The ETNA members are all over the world and they are making a difference. Thank you Christiana and all contributors.

We have also been exploring the registration of ETNA as a non-profit charity. This work is led by our Vice-President, Eileen Richardson. We have not completed this task but we are getting nearer to it, which will be a marvellous achievement. Thank you, Eileen.

And I have even more achievements to report! News about the forthcoming 5th ETNA conference. Start planning your abstracts and your travel arrangements…we are going to Odense, in marvellous Denmark. We don’t have the exact date yet but it will most probably be the 19th and 20th June 2017. I want to thank Dorthe Nielsen and her team for all the work they have done so far and the work they will be doing during 2016 and 2017!

As I am sure you will all be thinking about the children and families in war and conflict zones, in refugee camps or those trying to navigate their journeys to safety, say a little prayer, make a donation, or any act of compassion which will make the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves more bearable or even a little happier.

I am sure you will agree that ETNA brings us together in so many ways so that we can share our humanity and appreciate each other. I feel blessed to have the ETNA family and I hope you do too.

I wish you all a wonder Christmas break. May the New Year 2016 bring peace, love and understanding to the world!

Warm wishes,

Irena Papadopoulos, London 2015

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Exciting news! The 2017 ETNA conference will take place in Odense, Denmark!!

Look out for more details after Christmas!!!



The former president of ETNA Marika Podda Connor was awarded the Maltese Worker of the Year Award .

The award was presented to Marika by the President of Malta, her Excellency Dr. Mary Louise Coleiro Preca, for her tireless work with refugees and trafficked people.



A message from the President, Professor Irena Papadopoulos

I am delighted to re-launch the ETNA website!

Those of you familiar with the previous version will recognise the changes that we have made. The new homepage includes the delightful photograph of all the attendees to the 4th ETNA Conference, which took place in June 2015 at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.

You will see on the top of the homepage the following clickable buttons: home, about ETNA, news, resources, newsletter, join us and contact. At the bottom of the homepage you will see three icons, which if clicked will take you to the country representatives list, to news and to our newsletters.

Much of the information that was available in the previous website, has been imported into the new one.

The main change you will see in our new website is within the NEWS tab. When you scroll to the end of a news message you will find icons for facebook, twitter, linked in, google+, email and pinterest to help you disseminate the ETNA news using your preferred mode. Please may I urge to spread our news as often as you can. I would also urge you to send us your news by clicking the “Contact us” button and fill in and submit the form that will appear.

Could you also encourage your colleagues to join us by clicking on the “Join us” button to become members of ETNA. Membership is free!

In addition, we have created a resources page on the website and we would love to receive your contributions. This page will function as the repository of academic and professional papers and reports, photographs, case studies/work stories, as well as bibliographies and useful links.

I take this opportunity to thank our webmaster Alfonso Pezzella and Sean Collinge ( the web designer for all their hard work. It takes a lot of dedication to volunteer for this big task!

Finally, I want to bring to your attention the fact that we have an ETNA Facebook and Twitter account. Please Like and Follow us!

Hope you like what we have done and you will visit the site often.

Best wishes,


A message from the President, Professor Irena Papadopoulos

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you at the 4th ETNA conference entitled ‘Reclaiming Compassion at the Heart of Nursing’ being held this year in beautiful Budapest, Hungary.

The conference deals with two of the most important issues in nursing that have received a lot of attention in the last 4-5 years. The issues are of course compassion and cultural competence. We have an interesting and very comprehensive programme which I am sure you will enjoy.

But conferences are also about networking. So make the most of these two days and get to know people. Rekindle your old friendships but also make new ones.

ETNA was established in 2005, so this conference marks its 10th anniversary!

In 2005 we believed that ETNA would have a key role to play in the preparation of culturally competent healthcare workers. This belief was based on the increasing migration of people into and within Europe. In 2005 we stated that migration was a big challenge because often migrants were fleeing from torture and persecution thus requiring very special care and understanding. We said that migration affected not just those requiring health care but the workforce providing such care.

Ten years later the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) announced that the number of people displaced by war, conflict or persecution reached a record high of nearly 60 million around the world in 2014.

Friends, we are ALL cultural human being and we ALL wish to be cared for with respect and sensitivity to our cultural values and customs but you must agree that the most vulnerable amongst us require our compassion and cultural sensitivity even more. Based on all the evidence we currently have, each one of us must work hard to make the world a better place. This conference is a small contribution to this goal.

I wish you all a very successful conference full of positive experiences and inspiration!


The European Transcultural Nursing Association's fourth international conference will take place this year in Budapest, Hungary and will also mark ETNA's tenth anniversary.

The theme of this year's conference will be:

Reclaiming compassion as the heart of Nursing

The conference will take place between 29 - 30 June 2015 and will be held at:

Semmelweis University,
Faculty of Health Sciences
Address: 17 Vas Street
H-1087 Budapest, Hungary

To register, or to submit your abstract, please click here.

Remarkable year


Dear ETNA members,


I am sure we are all welcoming the new year 2014 with great anticipation and much hope.

Anticipation for all the exciting things which 2014 may have in store for us, hope that much will happen during the new year which will make the world a better place for all: more peaceful, more fair, more healthy and more happy.
But I want us to spend a few moments reflecting on the ETNA achievements during the year we have just bid goodbye to. In my view, 2013 was a remarkable year for ETNA. We had a very successful conference in Israel, we re-established the ETNA website, started regular communication with our members through the ETNA bulletins, and have seen a huge increase in members. We now have a dynamic committee and an enviable list of country representatives which gives hope for the future.

As your president, I want to thank each and every one of you for all your contributions, and believe me, everything you offer, big or small does make a difference. This year I want us to achieve even more than last year. I am asking you to add on your “ to do list” one item related to ETNA; it could be:

- to recruit one member
- to send one resource item (an article, a report, a power point presentation, a teaching tool you develop to teach transcultural nursing/cultural competence etc) something that you have developed either on your own or with colleagues, but you must have the permission to add it to the ETNA website
- to send an item for one of the bulletins
- to tell your students about ETNA
- to send one suggestion on how ETNA can develop further
- etc.

Together ETNA can make a difference!

I thank you all and look forward to your continued support and engagement.

With my best wishes for 2014,

(I)Rena Papadopoulos
President of ETNA
Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing
Middlesex University, London, UK

1 January 2014

Warm greetings

Dear ETNA members,

I am sending warm greetings to all those who visit and use the ETNA website.

ETNA, the European Transcultural Nursing Association, is gradually establishing itself as a friendly organisation which is reaching out to all health professionals who wish to be part of a world where human rights, justice, compassion and cultural competence underpins the health care given to all who need it.

I invite you to help us enrich this website by sending suggestions and contributions to be added to the website. We want the website to be a dynamic site which does not only engage its visitors and users, but it empowers them to be active partners determined to enhance their cultural awareness, knowledge, sensitivity and competence and to be compassionate to their clients and colleagues.

Both myself and the ETNA committee welcome your feedback regarding the quality and accuracy of the content, and the layout. We have tried to make it easy to navigate, but have we succeeded? We have included a number of sections which – with your help- will be populated with useful information, tools, theories and research relevant to practice. Are there other sections you wish to see?

I hope you will find the website inspiring and that you will recommend it to your friends and colleagues. Enjoy!

(I)Rena Papadopoulos
President of ETNA
Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing
Middlesex University, London, UK


01 October 2013