‘Reclaiming Compassion at the Heart of Nursing’: The 4th ETNA conference, June 2015, Budapest, Hungary.


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!

ETNA Conference 2015


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