World of Irish Nursing & Midwifery May 2019

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INMO celebrates two pioneering International Section members

In light of the 100th anniver- sary, the INMO International Section would like to honour two pioneering members, Bolatito Aderemi and Lina Ducao, for their contribution to the health service and the nursing profession in Ireland. Ms Aderemi has been instru- mental in recruiting many international members since joining the INMO in 2004, and Ms Ducao is a former dean of the College of Nursing in the Philippines who served as advi- sor to two past chairpersons of the Section. Bolatito Aderemi Bolatito Aderemi arrived in Ireland in 2002, recruited from Nigeria by the South West- ern Health Board, to work as a senior staff nurse. She was a pioneering member of the International Section and recruited many international nurses and midwives working in Ireland to join the INMO. Through her hard work and passion for the Organisation, the International Section was firmly established. As well as her role as section officer, Ms Aderemi is also an INMO workplace rep and was

Bolatito Aderemi (left) arrived in Ireland in 2002 and joined the INMO in 2004 – recruited by Phil Ní Sheaghdha; and Lina Ducao (right) is a former nursing college dean, chapter president of the Philippine Nurses Association, advisor of College Red Cross Youth and College Brotherhood of Nurses

treasurer of the Dublin South West Branch for a number of years. She has faced many challenges but takes her role seriously and actively encour- ages international nurses and midwives to join the INMO. She has visited many hospi- tals and nursing homes across Ireland with general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha, meeting and supporting her colleagues. She likens her role as local rep to being “the eyes and ears of the wider membership” as she keeps INMO management informed of members’ needs. We would like to honour Ms Aderemi for her contribution to the growth and development of the Section. Lina Ducao In March 2000, follow- ing a discussion with an Irish

started in May 2000, an influx which helped to address staff shortages in the hospitals and nursing homes. Ms Ducao was also asked a bou t qu a l i f i c a t i on s fo r healthcare assistants and submi t t ed qua l i f i ca t i ons and course descriptions for midwives, health aides and graduate nurses (without Philippines Nursing Licensure Examination). Many of these qualified to work as HCAs and were offered jobs in Ireland. Ms Ducao is now a clinical nurse manager at a nursing home in Kildare where she has worked for almost 20 years. She was planning to retire this year but due to staff shortages and her love of nursing, she has decided to continue to practise and care for the elderly. Date change: ODNSection The Operating Department Nurses Section conference will now take place on Sat- urday, November 30, 2019 in the Richmond Educa- tion and Event Centre. The price of attendance is €85 for members and €120 for non-members. The first 50 people to book will be entered into a draw to win a free place at next year’s con- ference, so please book your place early. To make your booking online, please visit

missionary priest serving as chaplain at a hospital in the Philippines about the short- age of nurses in Ireland, Ms Ducao submitted documen- tation to the NMBI (then An Bord Altranais) to assess the educational qualification and related learning experiences of Filipino registered nurses. The process of getting an NMBI decision letter and travel visa was quicker at that time. Employers from a group of Irish nursing homes and hospitals travelled to the Phil- ippines to interview hundreds of nurses. They offered jobs to many of them and facilitated their access to travel visas and clinical adaptation pro- grammes in Irish hospitals. The first wave of migration of Filipino nurses to Ireland

Retired Section visits JFK homestead

Around 25 members of the INMO Retired Nurses and Midwives Section enjoyed a four-night break in Dungarvan recently.They visited different places of interest each day, including Mount Mellery,Lismore,the Dunbroady famine ship in New Ross and the homestead of John F Kennedy (pictured above).They also visited a scenic part of the Gaeltacht inYoughal.The trip was part of a busy social committee calendar for 2019,which also includes a day trip to Athlone onTuesday,May 21 and a visit to Airfield Estate in Dundrum onThursday,June 20.Details of how to get involved are available on the INMO website –

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