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Over 80% Believes Expanding Nursing And Midwifery Would Benefit Health Sector

Nurses Week 2013 (October 7 to 11) to begin tomorrow

Sunday, October 6, 2013: Over 80% of the general public believes that expanding the role of nurses and midwives will improve the Irish healthcare system and allow for better care provision to patients, it was revealed today on the eve of the inaugural Nurses Week 2013.


75% also said it was important that nurses and midwives collaborate with doctors and other health care team members, while nearly two thirds said that nurses and midwives performed well in terms of providing leadership in healthcare.

The findings, in a survey by Amárach Research commissioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) of 1,001 members of the general public, shows the strong public desire for nurses and midwives to use their growing expertise to support a challenged healthcare system, according to Dr Maura Pidgeon, Chief Executive Officer of the NMBI.


"This is the first time this type of research on the general public perception of nurses and midwives has been undertaken in Ireland.  Its insights suggest that the general public understands that a best-practice healthcare system has nursing and midwifery at its core.  Nurses and midwives are already showing strong leadership in terms of supporting better patient outcomes right across the Irish healthcare landscape - but there is greater scope to expand these roles and fully harness the growing expertise of nurses and midwives."


"Nursing Week 2013 is an exciting new initiative for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the nursing profession generally that will show how nurses and midwives are continually developing new skills and competencies that can greatly benefit healthcare provision in Ireland," said Dr Pidgeon. 


The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory regulator for the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland, will begin its inaugural Nurses Week tomorrow, which will run from next October 7 until Friday, October 11, 2013. 


The initiative will highlight and celebrate the role that nursing and midwifery play in the health services in Ireland.  There are in excess of 40,000 registered nurses working in the public and private health sectors in Ireland and Nurses Week will aim to highlight their evolving role and importance across the country.


Nurses Week 2013 will feature the Annual National Conference which will focus on nursing and the future needs of the healthcare system.


Some of the key Nurses Week 2013 events to take place include:


. Publication of NMBI’s first research into the public's views on nursing


. The annual national conference, entitled ‘Back to the future: Preserving the fundamentals of nursing and midwifery and adapting to new futures in healthcare’


. Publication of new social media guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession, the first time that registered nurses will be issued with guidelines on how to use social media


. Launch of the public consultation on the new draft code of professional conduct for the professions

. A debate to be streamed live featuring Senator John Crown, Cathriona Molloy, Patient Focus and Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Chief Education Officer, NMBI, chaired by Mr Paul Gallagher, President NMBI,  on what the future holds for nursing in an ever changing and dynamic health care environment

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