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Inaugural All-Ireland Chief Nursing Officers’ Conference

The inaugural All-Ireland Chief Nursing Officers’ Conference   took place   in Dublin Castle   on Monday 1st December 2014. The theme of the conference was ‘Leading through Collaboration — An All-Ireland Celebration of Nursing and Midwifery’.

The conference was jointly hosted by Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, and Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland. Dr O’Halloran described the conference as “A truly memorable occasion — a celebration, not only of nursing, but of the power of collaboration. This conference brings together nursing colleagues from right across the island of Ireland with the aim of working collaboratively and continuing to learn from each other’s experience and practice.”

Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D., spoke at the conference, paid tribute to nurses and midwives for their historic and continuing contribution to the development of the health service on the island of Ireland. orthern Ireland Health Minister Mr Jim Wells MLA and Mr Keith Wood, Former Irish International Rugby Captain and Chair of the Healthy Ireland Council also presented at the conference.

The Conference was addressed by Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan, WHO Patron for Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Sibéal Carolan, Lecturer at the Institute of Leadership attended the conference   and said - It was a pleasure to attend the conference and to meet Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan – her presentation referred to inter-professional collaboration as a key factor in increasing the effectiveness of health services offered to our people. 


 Our photo shows Dr Philippa Ryan Withero, Deputy Chief Nurse, Department of Health, and Mr Thomas Kearns, Executive Director, Faculty of Nursing, RCSI