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RCSI MATTERS
A Celebration of the Faculty of Nursing, RCSI past, present
and future was presented at The Gathering Alumni Nursing
Session on September 13, 2013. The programme was
chaired by Ms Edna Woolhead, Dean of the Faculty who
welcomed the nursing and midwifery alumni and guests to
the RCSI and the Faculty, and provided a short presentation
on the current status of the Faculty and future challenges
that it faces.
She spoke about the new MSc Nursing programmes in
advanced practice in general areas of nursing, neonatology
and epilepsy, outlining how these are impacting positively on
patient care.
She stated that the development of new nursing
programmes continued, as the Faculty, in collaboration
with its stakeholders, recognised the need to respond to
changing health services and an expansion in the scope of
nursing and midwifery practice.
Dr Maura Pidgeon, Chief Executive Officer, Nursing and
Midwifery Board of Ireland, formerly An Bord Altranais,
spoke about statutory regulation and asked if it is a friend or
foe to nurses and midwives. She focused on the Nurses and
Midwives Act 2012, detailing the challenges and required
changes it poses for the professions. She spoke of the
addition of a new registration for advanced practice, which is
included in the Bill and how this will impact on patient care
in the future.
RESEARCH IMPACTS
Professor Zena Moore, Acting Head of the School of
Nursing/Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of
Nursing Research in the school discussed the impact of
research within the school and Faculty from a national and
international perspective. She provided insights on her own
research into pressure ulcer management, explaining how
Faculty of Nursing celebrates
40 Years of excellence
Professor Marie Carney, Associate Professor of Nursing and Programme Director,
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Nursing, reports on a year that marks
an important anniversary in the Faculty's history
Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery academic staff.