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Minister Donnelly Publishes Report of the Expert Review Body

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has published the Report of the Expert Review Body on Nursing and Midwifery 2022.

Minister Donnelly thanked Dr Moling Ryan and the members of the Expert Review Body and affirmed that the report addresses the outstanding industrial relations issues arising from the nursing and midwifery dispute in 2019.

The report contains 47 recommendations that will support nurses and midwives to continue to learn and develop in professional roles, enabling significant reform and ensuring that critical Sláintecare priorities are realised.

NMBI was one of a range of stakeholders that contributed submissions to the Review Body.

Minister Donnelly said: “The people of Ireland have always known the value of the nursing and midwifery profession to their families and society. That contribution was never underlined more than during the last two years of the pandemic – work which continues across healthcare services today.

“I am very pleased to be launching this report which establishes a mechanism by which nurses and midwives will be supported to enhance their professional contribution to Ireland's health service.

“Through further investment in workforce planning, aligned educational and career pathways as well as a focus on enabling digital health solutions and nursing and midwifery leadership enhancement, we now have a pathway by which we can develop and strengthen the role of the nurse and midwife in the future.”

Minister Donnelly has committed to establishing a process to oversee the implementation of the 47 recommendations in the coming weeks which will be led out by Chief Nursing Officer, Ms Rachel Kenna.

Ms Kenna also welcomed the publication of the report stating that the recommendations offer huge opportunities for nurses and midwives to strengthen their capacity to deliver and co-ordinate excellence in care design, integration and delivery in a modern system, fulfilling their potential as primary care givers to the full extent of their training.

The full report is available here.

Minister Welcomes Roll-out of Pandemic Payments

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the roll-out of pandemic payments to eligible nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers.

The Minister said the special recognition payments were a recognition of the efforts of frontline staff.

He said the payments are “a token of the appreciation and gratitude that myself, my colleagues in Government and the Irish people have for the ongoing efforts of our frontline public sector healthcare workers to protect us all from the worst impacts of Covid-19”

You can read more details on the scheme here.

Deadline for Cancer Nurse Training Fund Extended

The deadline for the Irish Cancer Society's Cancer Nurse Training Fund has been extended which will now close 7 June 2022 at 3pm.

The Cancer Nurse Training Award provides funding for nurses to pursue research training opportunities at a pre-doctoral level, for example, a postgraduate diploma or master’s degree.

Awards of up to €15,000 are available for part-time or full-time postgraduate training of between one and three years. Funding will contribute towards university registration fees (EU rates) and a small consumable budget of €1,500 to support the applicant’s research training needs.

Further information can be found here.

Nurses interested in applying for the funding can also contact

Nurse Breaks Marathon World Record in her Scrubs

An American nurse has set a new world record for completing a marathon in scrubs.

Sam Roecker, from Pennsylvania, ran the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 2 seconds.

She broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a nurse’s uniform (female), knocking more than 20 minutes off the previous record. She also raised $45,000 dollars for charity.

You can read more about Sam and see a video here.

Florence Nightingale Museum to Re-open

A museum which celebrates the life of Florence Nightingale is to re-open for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020.

The London museum celebrating the most famous figure in nursing history will open again on 12 May, which marks the 202nd anniversary of her birth and International Nurses’ Day.

The museum, which opened in 1989 and is in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital, will be open five days a week.

You can read more here.

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