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NMBI’s Catherine features in Irish Examiner article

Nurse Catherine Cocoman, a member of the Board of NMBI, has featured in the Irish Examiner newspaper, talking about her career to date and encouraging others to follow in her footsteps.

Ms Cocoman, an Assistant Director of Nursing at an acute Psychiatric Hospital in Dublin, detailed her journey into nursing.

“For people seeking a career in nursing, I would say you need to be caring, competent, conscientious,” she told the newspaper.

“We need more nurses and I would encourage people to go into nursing, particularly psychiatric nursing, as it’s hugely rewarding.

“In Ireland, we train up very competent people through our undergraduate programmes and we want more of them to come through and work with us.”

You can read more of her interview here.

Minister announces 2022 Capital Plan

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced the capital funding programme for the HSE this year.

The health capital funding available in 2022 is €1.02 billion, an increase of 4% on 2021. This investment will enable the HSE to progress projects in 2022, including government priority programmes and major capital projects of elective care centres in Dublin, Cork and Galway as well as investment in primary and community care settings.

You can see the investment plan – and the facilities affected – here.

Irish ‘nomadic’ nurse praised for her work in Australia

An Irish nurse has been making headlines in Australia for her caring and compassion with rural communities.

Ursula McEntee and her husband, handyman Thomas, and their three children moved to Sydney in 2005. They took to the road in their motorhome from Sydney in 2015. They have travelled to numerous rural communities ever since.

They were recently guests at a wedding of a woman Ursula cared for after a road traffic accident.

“Most Australians haven’t seen the Australia we have seen,” said Ursula.

You can listen to the interview with Ursula on a local radio station here.

Cobots introduced to the wards of American hospitals

Nurses in a number of American hospitals are now getting help with their work from robots.

The ‘Collaborative Robot’ – dubbed Cobots – have been introduced at a network of non-profit hospitals in Delaware and in counties in neighbouring states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.

The collaborative robot that can work alongside nurses and interact with them directly, performing non-clinical tasks such as deliveries and pickups to enable them to focus on care delivery.

ChristianaCare purchased five of the Cobots – which can work 22-hour shifts, be fully charged in two hours– with a $1.5 million grant from the American Nurses Foundation.

You can read more about this story here.

Psychiatric nurse Lisa talks about her rewarding career

Lisa Douglas, a psychiatric nurse with St Patrick's Mental Health Services, explains why her career in acute care is so rewarding in a fascinating interview in the Irish Examiner.

“The best part of the job is that every day is different. It is an extremely rewarding career as you are caring for people who are in need of compassion and support,” says Lisa.

“I think that knowing you can make a difference in the lives of service users is a wonderful part of the job. Seeing improvements and small changes in service users as they work towards their recovery and respond positively to their treatment is incredibly rewarding as a nurse.”

You can read the interview with Lisa here.

Historian examines harsh realities for some Irish nurses who went to Britain

Well-known historian Diarmaid Ferriter has chronicled some of the harsh realities faced by some Irish who moved to work in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mr Ferriter’s article, the Irish Times, was his reflection on a re-issued book: Catherine Dunne’s ‘An Unconsidered People’.

You can read the article in full here.

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Tickets Available for NMBI Summer Series Events this June
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Announces Introduction of Humanitarian Practice Permit
NMBI Team Observes RCSI Testing for Overseas Applicants
NMBI Assisting Ukrainian Nurses and Midwives who Wish to Work in Ireland
President and CEO Address Annual IGPNEA Conference in Waterford
Application Forms for NMBI Approval for Post-Registration Courses Announced
NMBI Marks International Nurses’ Day
NMBI President Launches updated Practice Standards for Midwives on International Day of the Midwife
NMBI Seeks Applicants for Vacancy on Education, Training and Standards Committee
Vacancies at NMBI
NMBI President Meets the Namesake She Cared for 29 Years Ago
Tributes to Catherine Rooney on her Retirement from NMBI
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Board Profile: Anne Horgan, Board Member and Member of Preliminary Proceedings Committee
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