World of Irish Nursing & Midwifery May 2019


40 Quality and safety

News &views  5 Editorial

This month Maureen Flynn discusses the use of ‘good information practices’

Following acceptance of the proposals to end strike action, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary, pays tribute to members who fought hard for patient safety and staffing in a determined, controlled and collective manner INMO president Martina Harkin-Kelly rounds up news from the Executive Council and beyond 8 News INMO members vote by 62% to accept Labour Court proposals… University Hospital Limerick needs to heed the lessons of Mid Staffordshire… Nursing Now launched in Ireland… Trolley crisis plumbs new depths… Limerick sees 81 on trolleys – highest ever daily count… Parental leave reinstated for member… World news headlines Plus: Opinion by Dave Hughes, page 17 Plus: Section news, page 19

42 Patient Safety

The application of clinical governance to the HSS provision in Ireland is a threat to patient safety, warns Rachel Eustace

44 Focus

Nurses are well positioned to positively affect the health and care of homeless people, writes Jessica Kenny

7 From the president

57 Update

Round up of healthcare news items


Clinical 45 Child health

Hazel A Smith discusses informed consent and assent in clinical research

47 Gastroenterology

The role of a specialist nurse is key in the ongoing care and support of patients with IBD, writes Angela Mullen

49 Diabetes services

39 Students & new graduates

Referral of people with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes to primary care

INMO student and new graduate officer Neal Donohue offers advice to internship students preparing for interviews

51 Dermatology

David Buckley outlines a stepwise approach to managing atopic eczema

Features 20 International

Living 53 Book review


Elizabeth Adams reports from the 109th EFN general assembly in Brussels 21 Celebrating our professions This month marks both International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife 23 Centenary focus Mark Loughrey talks to WIN about his new book, A Century of Service , celebrating 100 years of the INMO

Niall Hunter reviews Through the Pages of History by Michael Whelton Plus: Monthly crossword competition

55 Finance

Ivan Ahern discusses how the Single Public Service Pension Scheme could affect your retirement

Jobs & Training 29 Professional Development

24 Legal focus

INMO director of regulation and social policy Edward Mathews advises members on filling out an incident form

Eight-page pull out section from the INMO PDC

26 Questions and answers

58 Diary

Bulletin board for industrial relations queries

Listing of meetings and events nationally and internationally


59 Recruitment & Training

27 Executive Council focus

Latest job and training opportunities in Ireland and overseas

A series profiling three members of the Executive each month

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Cover image by Derek Speirs: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ on ‘The Big March’ in 1980 – as pictured on the cover of ‘A Century of Service: A History of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation 1919-2019’ by Mark Loughrey (see page 23)

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