World of Irish Nursing & Midwifery May 2019


Launching the Nursing Now Ireland campaign in the Richmond Education and Event Centre last month were (l-r): Ailish Byrne, intellectual disabilities nurse with Muiriosa Foundation; Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO general secretary; Shirley Ingram, advanced nurse practitioner,Tallaght Hospital; Steve Pitman, INMO head of education and professional development; Elizabeth Adams, president, European Federation of Nurses Associations; Dave Hughes, INMO deputy general secretary; Dame Christine Beasley, trustee of the BurdettTrust for Nursing; Martina Harkin-Kelly, INMO president; Howard Catton, CEO, International Council of Nurses; Edward Mathews, INMO director of professional and regulatory services; and Roisin O’Connell, student nurse atWaterford Institute ofTechnology

Nursing Now launched in Ireland Global campaign calls for greater government investment in nursing

they have a particular role in developing new models of community-based care and supporting local efforts to promote health and prevent disease. The INMO is leading the campaign in Ireland in partner- ship with University College Cork and Dublin City Univer- sity. The patron for Nursing Now Ireland is Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, a visionary who has p i o n e e r e d , c amp a i g n e d , explored and developed a range of inspiring social inno- vations to benefit thousands of people who have experienced exclusion in its many forms. Nursing Now is a three-year global campaign organised in collaboration with the Interna- tional Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organi- zation (WHO). Nursing Now is run by a campaign board com- prising nurses and non-nurses from 16 countries. The cam- paign is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing, with the Duchess of Cambridge as the international patron. Nursing Now is based on the findings of the WHO’s Triple Impact report, which concluded that as well as improving health globally, empowering nurses would contribute to improved gender equality – as the vast major- ity of nurses are women – and build stronger economies.

Nursing Now, a global cam- paign to improve health by raising the status of nursing, was launched in Ireland last month. The worldwide campaign aims for the recognition of nurses’ contribution to health- care, gender equality, wider society and improved econo- mies. Its aims include: • Greater investment in nursing • More nurses in leadership positions • Increasing nurses’ input and impact on healthcare. The campaign is bringing to policy makers the tangible evidence needed to show that nurses improve health and will make a crucial contribution to realising universal health coverage. The launch of the Nursing Now Ireland campaign took place at the Richmond Educa- tion and Events Centre on April 25, 2019. The audience heard how the health challenges of the 21st century cannot be overcome without strengthen- ing nursing. Speakers outlined how it is time to give nurses more recognition, investment and influence. Nurses are at the heart of most health teams, play- ing a crucial role in health promotion, disease preven- tion and treatment. As the health professionals who are closest to the community,

Pictured above (top): INMO president Martina Harkin-Kelly and director of professional and regulatory services Edward Mathews cut the cake to launch Nursing Now Ireland campaign. (lower pic, l-r): Fiona Hannon, student nurse, UCC; Neal Donohue, INMO student and new graduate officer; Sarah Collins, student nurse, UCC; and Roisin O’Connell, student nurse, WIT

Nu r s i n g Now c a l l s o n governments to invest in imp rov i ng nu rs e s ’ wo r k- ing conditions, training and leadership skills to enhance health, empower women and strengthen local economies. Opening the launch of the campaign in Ireland INMO president Martina Harkin-Kelly said: “Patients and health staff can tell you – nurses are con- sistently undervalued. Nursing

Now aims to change that, demonstrating the incredible work that nurses do worldwide. Not only are we the lynch- pin of health services, nurses are a driving force in ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing around the world.” Welcoming the guests and global speakers to the event, INMO director of professional and regulatory services Edward Mathews said: “Nursing and

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