With the easing of restrictions comes the possibility of networking and getting out and about! The Nursing and Medical team were in an honoured position to visit The Helix in Dublin last Wednesday to attend the All Ireland Nursing Festival; Sláintecare.
The day was introduced and we were welcomed by Karen McGowan, President of The Irish Nursing and Midwifery Organisation. We got to hear fantastic speeches and talks from some great Nurses including: Georgina Bassett; Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health. Loretto Grogan; National Clinical Information for Nursing and Midwifery. Carolyn Donohue, Director of Education, Policy and Standards, NMBI. To name but a few.
Sláintecare, a 10 year year programme to transform our health and social care services in Ireland was again discussed, since we first were introduced in 2018. The importance of community and home care settings. The advancement and new introductions of tech in the nursing profession.
A huge highlight of the morning discussion was to see the positive side of Covid and how it has brought about the change in technology much quicker than anticipated. A Nationwide App was launched last minute to support contact tracing. A system was built to manage vaccinations throughout the population. Buildings/places were taking over and built and developed into test and vaccination centres. Video triaging and GP services are continuing to grow in demand, and no sign of the area slowing down.
The morning discussions also touched on the topic of menopause. A fantastic and enlightening speech from Norah Casey, former Nurse and Entrepreneur was very interesting to listen to. Highlighting the concerns of long Covid, menopause and indeed women in the industry. This was followed by talks from Loretta Dignam, Founder and CEO; The Menopause Hub and others.
NMBI Chief Executive Sheila McClelland and the organisation’s Director of Education, Policy and Standards: Carolyn Donohoe delivered keynote speeches in the afternoon. The CEO used the latest data from the MyNMBI registration system to set out the number of midwives on the register and details of those practising and the need for more midwives in the years ahead. She also spoke about the effects of Brexit, the National Maternity Strategy 2016-2026, SlainteCare and the impact of Covid-19 on maternity services over the past two years. Ms McClelland also urged student midwives to follow careers in leadership to give voice to the profession in the years ahead.
Ms Donohoe discussed the future developments on nursing and nursing education in Ireland. She also used the latest data from MyNMBI to show that almost 5,000 people joined the NMBI register for the first time in 2021. More than 3,000 of the new registrants came from outside the EU.
Getting to see and meet people in person is a huge goal of Clarity Recruitments vision for 2022. But with this goal we do have to keep in mind the issues regarding personal safety in these such occasions; unfortunately the event was marred with a significant lack of attendance. Understandable considering the latest number regarding positive PCR and Covid tests. All Nursing and Medical personnel have to be so careful with attending these events. Luckily for us this event and many more being announced this year are still keeping themselves online!