IFNA Anesthesia Program Approval Process (APAP) Newsletter, July 2018

Posted on 31 July 2018 by Markku Ahtiainen

Please read the IFNA Anesthesia Program Approval Process (APAP) July 2018 Newsletter by Marianne Riesen, APAP Manager

It's my time to go

Posted on 6 July 2018 by Manda Dunne

Manda Dunne, Past Chair and committee member of BARNA.

I didn’t want to leave the BARNA Committee without putting something down in writing. It has been an honour and a privilege to be a part of this wonderful association and I want to share some of my experiences with you which I hope may inspire you to become more involved, as I did. I spent nine and a half years of this time as Chair, (with a break in the middle) but wow – what an experience. I have grown in confidence and experience at a time in my life when I thought I had probably done most of what I wanted to do. How wrong I was!

The Perioperative Highway Code: could you give a few minutes of your time to help save a life?

Posted on 11 January 2018 by Markku Ahtiainen

Patient safety needs you!

"We are a group of anaesthetists with a vision to develop and introduce a universal ISO standardised and agreed signage system for emergency clinical drugs and equipment that will be used throughout the perioperative environment to improve patient safety – the ‘Perioperative Highway Code’."

Patient Safety

Silent Auction Donations Welcomed

Posted on 29 September 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

The Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) together with the International Collaboration of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Inc. (ICPAN), are excited to welcome you to fabulous Sydney, NSW, Australia!
Soon, perianaesthesia colleagues will arrive from around the world to meet and share diverse perspectives, best practices, and cutting-edge research. Our collective goal : to support and advance nurse networking, knowledge, and perioperative patient safety for people of all nations needing surgery.

Funding sources are currently limited with growth needed to accomplish ICPAN’s core mission. At the 4th International Conference in Sydney, ACPAN will continue a tradition to host the Silent Auction fundraiser.

The Perioperative Highway Code

Posted on 5 August 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

Do you work in the perioperative environment?

If so, do you know where your emergency equipment is kept?

Can you find this kit in a hurry?

Message from the chair: Conference June 2017

Posted on 16 June 2017 by Manda Dunne

Dear Delegates,

How wonderful to see you all here at our ‘sell out’ 31st BARNA Conference and Exhibition! It’s hard to believe that a whole year and more has passed since we hosted the WCNA 2016 in Glasgow and we are now back to our regular conference format. I know that many of you have travelled far and wide to be here.

Conference Posters to Download

Posted on 28 February 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

If you want to download any conference posters, you can do it here! You can print them and take them to work notice board, coffee room, university, or maybe just post them to social media! Available downloads: BARNA annual conference 2017 and ICPAN 2017 conference.

Healthcare Conferences UK discounts

Posted on 27 January 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

Healthcare Conferences UK and Social Care Conferences are part of the HC-UK Conferences group. They conceive, plan, market and organise CPD accredited conferences and exhibitions to enable knowledge transfer and sharing. The topics reflect on national policies with presentations given by a wide range of speakers from leading national organisations.

Call for Abstracts deadline - ICPAN 2017

Posted on 24 January 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

ICPAN 2017 in Australia… Call for Abstracts deadline Tuesday 31st January 2017!

The Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses [ACPAN] invites you to attend the 4th International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses to be held at Luna Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. With the conference venue set on beautiful Sydney Harbour, our theme is Tides of Change, with advocacy, education & research being the focus of the conference. There will also be the opportunity to share experiences in the areas of management, evidence-based practice, clinical case studies in anaesthesia, post anaesthesia care, and specialty practice interests such as paediatrics, geriatrics, and surgical specialties.


"The Old Man in the Hospital" - a free book to download

Posted on 15 January 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

We received a message from Van Allen to share a link to his eBook. 

The use of activated charcoal filters in malignant hyperthermia

Posted on 14 January 2017 by Markku Ahtiainen

Malignant hyperthermia is a life-threatening reaction to anaesthetic drugs. The term “malignant” hyperthermia arises from the progressive nature of the condition and its ultimate end in death associated with a very high body temperature if the condition is not recognised and treated promptly.

Message from the chair: Summer 2016

Posted on 31 August 2016 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer and have had the opportunity to reflect on all you learnt and heard at the WCNA 2016 in Glasgow last May. What an achievement! I am so proud to have BARNA’s name linked to this congress and that we were able to hold it in the UK.

Message from the chair: Winter 2016

Posted on 22 January 2016 by Manda Dunne

Winter may seem to have come with a vengeance but let’s look towards the early summertime in Scotland!

I hope that many of you are thinking of reserving your place at the WCNA 2016 (World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists) 13th – 16th May 2016.

Third International ICPAN Conference

Posted on 9 September 2015 by Pat Smedley

Third International ICPAN Conference “Sharing and Caring- Inspiring Global Connections” and the Inaugural Meeting of the International Collaboration of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses, Inc.

Copenhagen, Denmark. September 9, 2015: The Danish Association of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Recovery Nurses is proud to be hosting more than 400 delegates from 20 countries at the 3rd ICPAN conference, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen, from September 9th-12th, 2015.


Message from the chair: Summer 2015

Posted on 7 July 2015 by Manda Dunne

Summer 2015

I would like to take the opportunity of opening this message with a really big ‘thank you’ to all who attended the 29th BARNA Conference in York on 19th June 2015!

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Markku Ahtiainen

The powerful earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015. Thousands of people have been reported killed and thousands more injured and without homes. 

You can help.

IV therapy survey for nurses and doctors

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Markku Ahtiainen

IV therapy user survey for doctors and nurses - take the survey and you could win an iPod Nano

We would appreciate your expert opinion related to intravenous therapy

Message from the chair: Spring/Summer 2015

Posted on 1 May 2015 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

The summer is fast approaching and this can mean only one thing; the BARNA Conference is not far away!

WCNA Conference 2016 - change of date

Posted on 1 April 2015 by Manda Dunne


Due to unforseen circumstances the date of the WCNA (World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists) 2016 has had to be changed!

NOW: 13th– 16th May 2016



Invitation to submit posters (with a prize)

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Pat Smedley

We welcome all nurses and practitioners who work in anaesthesia and post anaesthetic care to submit a poster for the BARNA Conference 2015, June 19th.

Questions from France

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Markku Ahtiainen

Pauline, a nurse anaesthetist student from Rennes, France, approached BARNA and she would like to have some help from all the anaesthetic nurses in the UK.

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care PSP

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Lucie Llewellyn

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) and the James Lind Alliance (JLA) are conducting a research priority setting exercise in Anaesthesia and Perioperative care.

Call for abstracts: ICPAN Conference 2015

Posted on 18 February 2015 by Pat Smedley


Abstract Submission is extended to 1st March

ICPAN 2015

Sharing and Caring - Inspiring Global Connections

9 - 12 September 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark


Message from the Chair, Winter 2014

Posted on 14 December 2014 by Manda Dunne

Dear Members,

It’s finally feeling like winter with a real nip in the air. This too is reflecting on the services our hospitals provide and the dire pressure the NHS is under especially with the winter bed pressures.

IARNA Conference 2014, Dublin, Ireland

Posted on 1 December 2014 by Manda Dunne

It was a lovely sunny day at the beginning of October when Markku and I set off to the IARNA (Irish Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association Conference), in Dublin, Ireland. Everything was going to plan until Ryan Air was unexpectedly delayed due to fog at the other end! That was very evident when we landed on a non-visible runway (an experience not to be repeated!) and to a lot of rain. We boarded the airport bus which was to connect us with our train at Heuston station. We weren’t really sure where we were heading but knew we had to get there!

The obese patient study day

Posted on 1 September 2014 by Pat Smedley

The Obese Patient  - Key issues in perioperative nursing management

3rd October 2014 at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), London

BARNA and SOBA study day in collaboration with the RCN and sponsored by MSD

This joint study day aims to provide an in-depth exploration of the clinical risks and potential complications caused by obesity in the perioperative arena. Management initiatives  will be a major focus for this forum, together with the latest information on equipment to manage the obese patient.

World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists (WCNA)

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Manda Dunne

It is with great pleasure and excitement that BARNA is hosting the 12th World Congress of Nurse Anaesthetists in the UK on behalf of the IFNA (International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetists).Then venue is the SECC (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) where you will experience the famous Clyde Auditorium, in Glasgow, Scotland – a perfect location for this prestigious event.

Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care survey

Posted on 2 June 2014 by Markku Ahtiainen

The Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care Priority Setting Partnership aims to identify the most important research areas to improve the physical and mental well-being of patients attending hospital for any operation or procedure requiring any type of anaesthetic.

Oxford University Hospitals interviewing at the conference 6th June

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Markku Ahtiainen

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will be carrying out interviews at the British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association (BARNA) Annual Conference on the 6th June 2014 therefore if you are interested and will be attending the conference you will be guaranteed an interview.

Applying for study leave

Posted on 25 April 2014 by Markku Viherlaiho

We in BARNA committee have noticed the increase in delegates self-financing our annual conference. Is this the reason for lower delegate numbers? When we have made direct contact with our members, it became obvious that many departments did not allow their nurses to attend the conference. What also took us by surprise is that many nurses did not seem to know that they are allowed to apply for subsidy for the conference payments. 

Welcome JP Nolan, BARNA President

Posted on 9 March 2014 by Markku Ahtiainen

We have welcomed JP Nolan as the President of BARNA. This became officially effective from November 2013 enabling a seamless transition following the end of  Pat Smedley’s term. Many of you may have had the pleasure of hearing JP speak at our conference last June and you might know that he is an Advisor in Acute, Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal College of Nursing. JP has addressed BARNA members with a letter which can be downloaded here.

You can find more about JP in the "Meet the team" section.

A letter from Ann Hogan

Posted on 9 December 2013 by Markku Viherlaiho

The 2nd International Conference for PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) was held September 19th – 22nd 2013 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.  Over 400perianaesthesia nurses from 20 countries around the globe gathered together to network and share educational information, research and clinical issues that are unique to our specialty.

BARNA received a letter from Ann Hogan, ICPAN Conference Chair 2013 and IARNA Chairperson, thanking BARNA for their continued support of ICPAN. Download the letter →

NMC Raise their Fees

Posted on 27 November 2012 by Sarah Garry

On the 25th October 2012 the NMC announced that it would be raising the registration fees for nurses from the current £75 a year to £100 a year from February 2013.  The fees will be fixed at this rate for two years, after which time they will be reviewed again.  This rise in fees comes at a time when Nurses and Allied Health Professionals are experiencing pay freezes and rebanding, which makes it a challenging time for those working within healthcare.

Re-launch of the British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association

Posted on 9 November 2012 by Sarah Garry

The British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association (BARNA) are pleased to announce their re-launch. After 25 years of successfully supporting members within the anaesthetic and recovery field, the re-launch of the association includes a new look for the association, in addition to a new website and more educational activities available for members.

Barna. British Anaesthetic and Recovery Nurses Association