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Board Name Change
Invitation to complete an Evaluation Survey
National Conference Update
Growing Up in Ireland - Annual Conference 2012
ALONE - Christmas Campaign
Events, Courses and Research that may be of interest to you
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Board Name Change
Following the signing of Commencement Order (S.I. No. 385) of 2012, our name has changed to Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann, or Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

Our website has now been configured to correspond with our name change.  The new address is  Users will still be able to access our website through or through   All email addresses to the board have also changed from to  The new email and website name will also be reflected in new print runs of publications and stationery.

Invitation to complete an Evaluation Survey

In October 2011 the Board launched its on-line Continuing Professional Education/CPD Programme Directory.

As part of the project plan the Board approved a review/evaluation of the Directory to be commenced within one year of its introduction. At the time of writing (November 6, 2012) there were almost 900 Category 1 approved programmes across 14 course groupings within our CPD Directory.

NMBI invites you to participate in this evaluation survey of the CPD Directory.  Below is a direct link to this survey which is hosted by “Survey Monkey”. The survey is anonymous and confidential and no personal details are required. It is anticipated that the survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey on or before the 29 November 2012, the Board thanks you for your contribution to this regulatory development.

If you have any queries please contact Mr Thomas Kearns at (01) 6398555 or

Click here for CPD Directory evaluation survey.
National Conference Update
The National Conference, organised by NMBI, was held on Wednesday 10 October 2012 at the Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin. The title for the conference was Patient Safety through the Regulation of Nursing & Midwifery. With over 100 nurses and midwives from all over Ireland in attendance, the conference focused on the journey from the Nurses Act 1985 to the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011.

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly addressed the conference and said that the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 sets out to ensure better outcomes for patients since it places the protection of the public at its very core. He acknowledged the exciting changes in the regulation of nursing and midwifery and changes throughout the healthcare system that would require the continued and valued input of nurses and midwives. 

The conference featured a number of speakers who addressed the implications of the new Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 for nursing and midwifery.  The notion of change and its effect within the healthcare environment was also explored in presentations from invited guests, Mr John Saunders, Director of Shine and Dr. Phillip Crowley, HSE National Director.  A presentation by Ms. Ciara Burns, Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman, explained that whilst Ombudsmen and Regulators can be seen to have different functions, they also have a common aim within the healthcare arena - the protection of the patient and the integrity of the healthcare system. Ciara outlined the Ombudsman’s “top ten” complaints in the healthcare area and detailed some of cases that were dealt with by her office, emphasising the lessons that could be learned from the patient experience and those of their carers. 


The conference finished with a presentation on leadership in nursing by Dr Maura Pidgeon, CEO, NMBI.  In acknowledgement of two great leaders in nursing, a presentation was made to Mrs Anne Carrigy, President of An Bord Altranais and Ms. Sheila O’Malley, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health (Retired) and President of An Bord Altranais (1997-2002). 


The conference was streamed live for the first time this year and can still be viewed on our website at

The presentations made by conference speakers are available for download below in one compiled PDF file or as individual presentations. Also available for download is a booklet with biographies and abstracts of presenters.


Growing Up in Ireland - Annual Conference 2012

Growing Up in Ireland’s Annual Research Conference will be held on Thursday 29 November 2012, at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


Growing Up in Ireland is a government study. It is funded by the Department Children and Youth Affairs in association with the Department of Social Protection and the Central Statistics Office. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is overseeing and managing the Study, which is being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin. Growing Up in Ireland is the national longitudinal study of children. It follows the development of almost 20,000 children.  It is made up of an infant cohort of over 11,000 children and their families who were first interviewed when these children were nine months old, with a follow-up interview at three years of age. Planning is currently underway for a third interview with these children and their families next year, when the children will be five years of age. In addition, the study includes a cohort of 8,500 older children who were recruited into the study when they were nine years old and re-interviewed at 13 years of age.

The conference will be opened by Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, who will launch the latest in a series of Growing Up in Ireland Key Findings. These will be based on data collected from 13 years olds and their families between August 2011 and March 2012. For further information Click here

ALONE - Christmas Campaign
ALONE is a Dublin based charity that supports older people in the community and have launched their Christmas campaign to help older people in need, particularly in the current climate both economic and weather wise. 
Christmas Campaign
Events, Courses and Research that may be of interest to you
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) is happy to host the advertisement/promotion of an event/course/research that may be of interest to nurses and midwives and meets the Board's standards as a regulator. Please see our policy and disclaimer for the promotion and advertisement of external courses/research and events on our website for further information.

The National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dublin 14 will be providing an education programme on Dual Diagnosis: Training in Psycho-education Programmes.  The programme has Category 1 Approval by An Bord Altranais and the starting date is 20th February 2013.  Click here for more information or view on our website.

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