The ESPR Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Section

A specialty section with a wide range of expertise across research methodologies, clinical outcomes, & knowledge dissemination

Welcome to the Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Section of the European Society of Paediatric Research (ESPR)

Our section is a representative body within ESPR, and we welcome all nurses and all healthcare professionals in the field of paediatrics including all sub-specialties. We also welcome interested interdisciplinary clinicians, researchers, stakeholders and families.

We are an active and diverse specialty section within ESPR with a wide range of expertise across research methodologies, clinical outcomes, and knowledge dissemination. We are also highly collaborative and have built strong international clinical and research networks.

  • Our objectives

    The objective of the Nursing and Allied Health Professional Section is to create an international platform of colleagues in the field of paediatrics including sub-specialties to inform best practice in work, education and research by:

    • Providing educational opportunities;
    • Developing clinical practice guidelines and position statements;
    • Offering support to high-quality contributions to the ESPR conferences and meetings;
    • Supporting and coordinating research of society members in all fields of nursing and other health care professionals;
    • Providing opportunities for networking and interorganisational collaboration;
    • Supporting collaboration and working in a multi-disciplinary manner together with other ESPR sections;
    • Providing mentorship and support for new clinicians, emerging new investigators and leaders in the field.

    This purpose is achieved by encouraging exchange of ideas and discussions among members in research and education platforms within Europe and the ESPR.

  • Meet the Section Council & members


    Agnes van den Hoogen
    NICU nurse, PhD
    Section Chair since 2018
    University Medical Center Utrecht, NL


    Jos Latour
    NICU & PICU nurse, PhD
    Section member since 2020
    University of Plymouth, UK


    Mary Anne Ryan
    RGN/RSCN/RM NICU nurse, MSc, PhD. 
    Section member since 2019
    INFANT research centre, University College Cork/ Cork University Maternity Hospital, IE

    Marsha Campbell-Yeo
    Professor (Full), Scientist
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    Section member since 2020
    Dalhousie University & IWK Health
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA

    Joke Wielenga
    NICU nurse, PhD
    Section member since 2019
    Emma Childrens Hospital / Amsterdam University
    Medical Center, NL

    Esra Ardahan Akgül
    Paediatric Surgery Nurse, Res. Ass., PhD
    Section member since 2021
    İzmir Katip Çelebi University, TR

    Katie Gallagher
    Senior Research Fellow / Neonatal nurse, PhD
    Section member since 2020.
    EGA IfWH University College London, UK

    Rosemarie Boland
    Neo. Research Fellow & Neo. Educator, PhD, MN, RM, RN
    Section member since 2018
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute & University of Melbourne/ Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval Service, Melbourne, AU


    Anna Axelin
    PhD, Associate professor
    Section member since 2019
    University of Turku, FI

    Naomi Meesters
    PhD Student
    Section member since 2018
    University Medical Center Rotterdam, NL

    Ruby Natale
    PhD, PsyD
    Section member since 2024
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    University of Miami School of Medicine/ Mailman Center for Child Development

    Andrei Morgan
    Neonatologist & Paediatrician / Perinatal Epidemiologist, MBChB, FRCPCH, MSc, PhD
    Section member since 2022
    Obstetrical, Perinatal & Pediatric Epidemiology Research Team, INSERM (National Institute of Health & Med. Reseach), Paris, FR

  • Current research projects

    Developing a Core OUtcome Set and outcome measures of family-centred care In Neonatal care: COUSIN study

    Aim: To develop a core outcome set, a set of outcome measures, and recommended time-points to evaluate family-centred care practices in neonatal care.

    The study is registered at the COMET Initiative register. Phase 1 starts with a systematic review. The review protocol is registered at the PROSPERO registry.

  • Upcoming meetings of the section
    • Bi-monthly online meetings (provide dates).
    • Smaller sub-working groups may meet more frequently, as warranted.
  • Link to section surveys
    Tactile-kinesthetic methods to promote feeding tolerance and stool excretion in the small premature baby
    Natalie Hurst, NICU nurse, is conducting professional interviews on the topic "tactile-kinesthetic methods to promote feeding tolerance and stool excretion in the small premature baby". For more info and how to take part as an interviewee, please click here.
  • Publications
    Preterm infant Developmental outcome

    Ryan MA, Murray DM, Dempsey EM, Mathieson SR, Livingstone V, Boylan GB. Neurodevelopmental outcome of low-risk moderate to late preterm infants at 18 months. Front Pediatr. 2023 Nov 30;11:1256872. doi: 10.3389/fped.2023.1256872. PMID: 38098644; PMCID: PMC10720582.


    • How to support children to develop and express their coping preferences around minor invasive medical procedures: children's and parents' perspectives. Segers EW, Ketelaar M, de Man MACP, Schoonhoven L, van de Putte EM, van den Hoogen A. Eur J Pediatr. 2023 Oct 3. doi: 10.1007/s00431-023-05222-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37787922.


    • Evaluation of Sleep Practices and Knowledge in Neonatal Healthcare. Advances in Neonatal Care. de Groot, Eline R. MSc; Ryan, Mary-Anne PhD, RN; Sam, Chanel BSc; Verschuren, Olaf PhD; Alderliesten, Thomas PhD, MD; Dudink, Jeroen PhD, MD; van den Hoogen, Agnes PhD, RN. ():10.1097/ANC.0000000000001102, August 17, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000001102

    • Nurses' experiences and perspectives on aEEG monitoring in neonatal care: A qualitative study. Xiaowan Wang, Ana Borovac, Agnes van den Hoogen, Maria Luisa Tataranno, Manon J. N. L. Benders, Jeroen Dudink.

    • Peripheral intravenous therapy infiltration/extravasation (PIVIE) risks and the potential for earlier notification of events using a novel sensor technology in a neonatal population. van Rens MF, Vijlbrief D, Braun S, Hugill K, van Loon FH, van de Hoogen A. J Vasc Access. 2023 Jul 3:11297298231185536. doi: 10.1177/11297298231185536. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37395292.

    • Bedside visualisation tool for prediction of deviation from intended dosage in multi-infusion therapy. Gevers RJ, Konings MK, van den Hoogen A, Timmerman AM. The Journal of Vascular Access. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/11297298221146327

    Neonatal Sepsis
    • Neonatal sepsis and cardiovascular dysfunction I: mechanisms and pathophysiology. Sophie M. Duignan, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Kathryn Armstrong, Willem P. de Boode, Afif El-Khuffash, Orla Franklin, Eleanor J. Molloy, Willem P. de Boode, Franz B. Plötz, Tobias Strunk, Marina Degtyareva, Helmut Küster, Eric Giannoni, Joseph M. Bliss, H. Rob Taal, Claus Klingenberg, Lars Naver, Agnes van den Hoogen, 2023. Pediatric Research DOI. 10.1038/s41390-023-02926-2

    Medication related

    • Mitra, S., Hatfield, T., Campbell-Yeo, M., Dorling, J., & Johnston, B.C. (2023). Evaluation of health-related values and preferences of adults who were preterm infants and parents of preterm infants concerning use of prophylactic cyclooxygenase inhibitor drugs. JAMA Network Open, 6(3):e232273.

    Other Research Themes

    • The effects of percutaneous branch pulmonary artery interventions on exercise capacity, lung perfusion, and right ventricular function in biventricular congenital heart disease: a systematic review. Renée S. Joosen, Jules P.B. Frissen, Agnes van den Hoogen, Gregor J. Krings, Michiel Voskuil, Martijn G. Slieker, Johannes M.P.J. Breur. Cardiology in the Young

    >>Click here to see the full list of publications by members of the ESPR Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Section.

  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the Nursing Section.

  • Useful links and announcements
    • 4th Symposium on Neonatal and early infant sleep (funded places available). NEonatal Sleep Talks – NEST 2023. 31 August to 1 September.
    • 8th International Neonatal Association Conference. Dublin, 7 -10 September 2023:
    • Save the date: 15th International Newborn Brain Conference on 28 February - 2 March 2024 Cork, Ireland. For more info, please click here.

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