NMBI Welcomes Return of Nightingale Challenge Programme


NMBI has welcomed the return of the Nightingale Challenge Programme in 2022 and has pledged to play its full part again.

The challenge was developed in early 2020 by the National Clinical Leadership Centre for Nursing and Midwifery (NCLC), as part of the Nursing Now, global campaign. The aim of this global initiative was to develop the next generation of nurses and midwives in the early stage of their careers as leaders, practitioners and advocates.

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) and the Chief Nursing Office (CNO) accepted the Nursing Now challenge in late 2019, when they committed to support the leadership and development needs of 20 nurses and midwives. Two distinct leadership programmes were developed; one led by the NCLC on behalf of the ONMSD for 15 nurses and midwives and the other led by the CNO for five nurses and midwives.

NMBI acted as facilitators during the project and is committed to facilitating participants again this year. Due to the successful collaboration, the NCLC and CNO have agreed to deliver a joint Nightingale Challenge Programme for a total of 20 nurses and midwives in 2022. It is envisaged that this programme will be delivered on an annual basis going forward.

NMBI CEO Sheila McClelland said: “The Nightingale Challenge Programme is a wonderful mentorship initiative and NMBI is delighted to be a partner organisation once again in 2022.

“The participants we met during the programme last year were absolutely inspiring. The programme is designed to support participants to develop their leadership competencies and increase their understanding of nursing and midwifery in Ireland from an operational and strategic perspective.”

This year’s programme will be delivered over seven half days between April and October and you can apply at this link before 12 noon on 4 March 2022.

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