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RCSI MATTERS
As part of the Gathering event, `A Celebration of the
Faculty of Nursing, RCSI past, present and future',
Professor Marie Carney delivered an address that
outlined the current range of nursing and midwifery
programmes, while acknowledging four decades of
achievement
Professor Carney outlined the 40 postgraduate clinical
programmes being run in collaboration with partner
hospitals, for example: Beaumont, Connolly, Eye and
Ear, St Luke's and Cappagh Orthopaedic. Details of MSc
Nursing programmes, Nurse and Midwife Prescribing,
introduced for the first time in Ireland in 2006, and Clinical
Nurse Research were outlined. The first Fellowships of the
Faculty were awarded in 1976 when 20 fellows graduated
and, each year since then, nurses and midwives continue to
study for the Fellowship.
Honorary Fellowships and Fellowships Ad Eundem
are awarded each year in recognition of outstanding
contributions by recipients to society. The first Honorary
Fellowship was awarded to Mother Theresa of Calcutta
in 1992. Honorary Fellowships also awarded included
Her Excellency, Professor Mary McAleese, President of
Ireland (1999); Justice Mella Carroll (2002); Professor
Patricia Benner (2008); Ms Anne Carrigy (2006); Ms
Mary Mc Carthy (2006); and Dr Theresa Connell Meehan
(2007). Ms Marie Keane, Director of Nursing and Deputy
CEO Beaumont Hospital was awarded the Fellowship Ad
Eundum in 2010.
The research conference, which commenced in 1981,
is organised and run each year by the Faculty board
and the academic staff from the Faculty. Eminent
international conference speakers included Professor
Virginia Henderson, Professor Patricia Benner, Baroness
J McFarlane and Dr Sylvia Lelean. The first Faculty of
Nursing Journal, introduced in 1982, was edited by
Professor Pearl Treacy, until 1992.
Professor Carney commented that the future will continue
to incorporate technology in support of student education
through distance, blended, interactive and web-based
methods of teaching and learning. She emphasised that
the inherent aim of the Faculty is to develop a caring,
reflective practitioner who has the ability to seek out
and use research-based knowledge for the purpose of
improving patient care. Professor Carney ended by saying
staff look forward to welcoming alumni students back to
RCSI in the coming years.
Ms Woolhead, current Dean; Professor Seamus Cowman, past Head
of School and Professor of Nursing; Professor Eilish Mc Govern, past
President of RCSI; Ms Marie Keane, Fellowship Ad Eundem recipient
(2011); and Dr Aine Colgan, past Dean.
Her Excellency, President Mary McAleese reading her declaration
on receiving the Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and
Midwifery from Ms Augusta Fitzsimmons, Dean of the Faculty in
1999.
A distinguished history
this research is impacting positively on clinical nursing care
around the world. The economic cost to healthcare delivery
was identified by her for the first time and this metric is now
being adopted by healthcare managers. Ms Claire Magner,
a recent RCSI Postgraduate PhD student, spoke on the
positive impact of holding a PhD on Nursing and Midwifery
on patient care. She focused on paediatric care undertaken
in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin where she
works.
Professor Marie Carney, Associate Professor of Nursing
presented on the topic of RCSI Nursing and Midwifery: 40
years of growth and excellence, looking at the past, the
present and the future. The Faculty of Nursing, founded
in 1974 by Ms Mary Frances Crowley, Matron in the Eye
and Ear Hospital, is one of the longest serving nursing
schools in Ireland and the only Faculty of Nursing and
Midwifery. Since its inception, a total of 12 Deans formed
the governance structure along with an elected board. In
the early years, modules and short courses were delivered
to nurses in RCSI and in outreach areas around the country.