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  • Aug 2024

Principles of Nursing in Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Under the auspices of the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates

  • First textbook ever on Nursing in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in Europe and endorsed by ESGENA

  • Presents a golden standard with the European consensus of standards in endoscopy nursing

  • Educates on the ESGENA Core Curriculum for Endoscopy Nursing

Part of the book series: Principles of Specialty Nursing (PSN)

About this book

This textbook provides a unique comprehensive evidence-based knowledge about nursing in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. It is the first book ever that harmonises specialised knowledge on Endoscopy Nursing from different countries. Therefore, it can be used in different national health systems. It explains the developments of Endoscopy nursing which inform the establishment of effective educational structures in medicine and nursing. 67 chapters reflect evidence-based or consensus in practise covering structure, process and outcome quality of endoscopic procedures and related patient care. A huge variety of endoscopic procedures and other GI relevant investigations are included offering useful information for nursing practice. Advanced roles are established in many countries worldwide. Principles of these roles for example nurse endoscopists or nurse administered Propofol sedation offer career development in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is ever evolving. 
Combining best experts' knowledge from many countries, this textbook can be used for teaching new staff in endoscopy as well as reviewing and updating Endoscopy specific knowledge. As the content is based on the ESGENA European core curriculum, it can be used as a resource for courses focused on endoscopy nursing. 

Endoscopy procedures are an integral part in cancer screening programs as well as detection and therapeutic interventions for a number of gastrointestinal conditions. Technological developments have significantly expanded in the last 30 years. In this context Endoscopy nurses are responsible not only for individualised, comprehensive and complex patient care, but also advanced technical skills during endoscopic interventions, which require close monitoring of patients to ensure safety. Infection prevention and control is vital throughout the patient journey and this also includes the decontamination processes of endoscopes and accessories. Staff involved in patient care and decontamination processes need training and knowledge to prevent patient and self-contamination.  In addition, advanced endoscopy nursing skills have been established for the treatment of various gastrointestinal diseases. These complex tasks require specialised knowledge and training to ensure patient safety and positive outcomes in patient care. 

The European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA) has developed important documents, like the European Job profile and the European Core Curriculum for Endoscopy nursing, followed by statements on staffing levels and nurse endoscopists. Since its foundation in 1996, ESGENA has been establishing a close co-operation with ESGE and has co-authored various guidelines, statements and curricula on hygiene, sedation, quality assurance and endoscopy techniques. ESGENA also developed a close co-operation with ESNO. Consequently, this textbook is published within ESNO series.


  • Endoscopy
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endoscopy nurses
  • Endoscopy patient care
  • Education
  • Quality assurance
  • Decontamination
  • Infection control
  • Management

Editors and Affiliations

  • ESGENA, Ulm, Germany

    Ulrike Beilenhoff

  • Gastroenheden-Endoscopic Unit, Hvidovre Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark

    Wendy Jo Waagenes

  • Dept of Gastroenterology Endoscopy, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Marjon de Pater-Godthelp

  • ESGENA, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Christiane Neumann

About the editors

Ulrike Beilenhoff, RN, is an Endoscopy Nurse with an specialist qualification,tutor and external assessor at endoscopy specialist education courses in Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin, and qualified as a Registered Nurse specialist in Endoscopy Nursing. She is chief editor of the German Journal of Endoscopy Nurses (ENDO-PRAXIS) and president of the German Society of Endoscopy nurses (DEGEA). Ulrike was ESGENA president and its founding member and remains Board member. Currently she holds the position of ESGENA Scientific Secretary responsible for organizing the European conference and ESGENA educational activities. 
Ulrike is author of several national and European guidelines and position statements, mainly focused on hygiene and sedation. 

Irene Dunkley, MSc; BSc, RGN, is a Nurse Consultant in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. She has over 25 years of experience as a Nurse Endoscopist and caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. 
Irene is Secretary of the European Society of Gastroenterology Nurse Association (ESGENA) and also represents the British Society of Gastroenterology on the education-working group of ESGENA. She works at national level within the United Kingdom as a former chair of the BSGNA and the RCN Gastrointestinal forum, representing those organisations on the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy steering committee. Recently Irene has contributed to the pilot programme for fast track training of clinical Endoscopists with Health Education England.
As lead author on the recently published UK consensus on Endoscopy workforce, Irene continues to contribute in raising standard of patient care through improving standards of education and competences of the nursing workforce. 
Marjon de Pater, RN, over 25 years of experience in Nurse Endoscopy.  She is currently head nurse in AmsterdamUMC location AMC Gastro-enterology department. She is involved in several projects in the Netherlands for hygiene and disinfection. Marjon is the president of ESGENA and represents the Dutch society V&VN MDL on the education-working group of ESGENA.

Christiane Neumann, RN, Endoscopy Specialist Nurse is a Specialist Lecturer at Medical Faculty, at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a former Specialist Lecturer at Health Science Faculty, City University, Birmingham and “DECIDE” Partner at the European Cancer Research Network.
She also holds Masters in Medical Science by Research (MPhil) and 4 University Postgraduate Diplomas in Medical Ethics and law, Research Methodology & Statistics, Nursing Science, and Adult Education. She has a strong special interest in GI including research.
She has been appointed ESGENA Honorary Members in 2008.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Principles of Nursing in Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  • Book Subtitle: Under the auspices of the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates

  • Editors: Ulrike Beilenhoff, Wendy Jo Waagenes, Marjon de Pater-Godthelp, Christiane Neumann

  • Series Title: Principles of Specialty Nursing

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-43790-9Due: 12 September 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-43793-0Due: 12 September 2025

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-43791-6Due: 12 September 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2366-875X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-8768

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Illustrations: 50 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Nursing, Gastroenterology