History

The European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), former Standing Committee of Nurses of the EU (PCN), was established in 1971 to represent the nursing profession and its interests to the European Institutions, based on the nursing education and free movement Directives being drafted by the European Commission then. Representing more than one million nurses over 36 National Nurses Associations at European Level, the EFN is the independent voice of the nursing profession. Its official working language is English.

PCN/EFN Presidents since its establishment in 1971:

  • 2017 – Elizabeth Adams, Ireland
  • 2013 – 2017
    Marianne Sipilä, Finland
  • 2010 – 2013
    Unni Hembre, Norway
  • 2007 – 2010
    Grete Christensen, Denmark
  • 2005 – 2007
    Annette Kennedy, Ireland
  • 2001 – 2005
    Ria von Bönninghausen tot Herinkhave-Visser, The Netherlands
  • 1995 – 2001
    Christine Hancock, UK
  • 1991 – 1995
    Kirsten Stallknecht, Denmark
  • 1983 – 1991
    Sheila Quinn, UK
  • 1979 – 1983
    Inge Andersen, Denmark
  • 1975 – 1979
    Astrid Levert, Netherlands
  • 1971 – 1975
    Marie-Paul Florin, France