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International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference

Nursing and Midwifery Professional Values – The Key to Effective, Safe and High Quality Person-Centred Care

 

The RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery hosted its 36th Annual International Conference on Wednesday, 1 and Thursday, 2 March 2017.

More than 270 delegates attended the two-day event, which began with an interdisciplinary masterclass focusing on ‘Leadership: Transforming Professional Values into Practice’.

The Faculty was delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Leadership (IoL), RCSI on this event and are grateful to Mr Steve Pitman and Ms Theresa Keane, from the IoL, in particular, who invited three of the speakers, and assisted in the organisation of a scholarly, interdisciplinary event.

The masterclass began with an address from Ms Abigail Masterson, Deputy Chief Executive, The Florence Nightingale Foundation, London focused on ‘Leading for Tomorrow, Today’. Dr Philip Crowley, National Director Quality Improvement Division HSE, Dublin followed with a paper entitled ‘Leadership, Person Centered Care and The Framework for Improving Quality’. Prof. Marie Carney, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI, then presented her research entitled ‘Consensus Management: A Values Approach’.

Ms Juanita Guidera, Lead Staff Engagement, Health Service Executive, Quality Improvement Division, delivered a presentation entitled ‘Who Cares for the Carers? Schwartz Rounds in Ireland’. Dr Mark White, Programme Integration Manager, Programme for Health Service Improvement, Office of the Director General of the Health Service, HSE, then delivered a paper entitled ‘Building a Better Health Service: The Programme for Health Service Improvement’. This was followed by Ms Georgina Bassett, National Leadership & Innovation Centre for Nursing and Midwifery NLIC, Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Director ONMSD, Clinical Strategy and Programmes Division-HSE Leaders for Compassionate Care programme, with a presentation entitled ‘Compassionate Care – ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’

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View all six masterclass presentations here.

Annual Conference Dinner and Honorary Fellowship Conferring Ceremony

The Annual Conference Dinner and Honorary Fellowship Conferring Ceremony conference took place on Wednesday, 1 March, with a ceremony where Honorary Fellowships of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery were awarded to:

  • Mr Niall Breslin, mental health advocate and musician in recognition of his contribution to mental health advocacy.

  • Ms Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, former ombudsman for children; and former Director of Nursing.

  • Mr John Murray, Vice President of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society, nursing and midwifery.

The Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery can bestow.

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Conference Day

Conference day began with an Opening Address from Ms Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and a new Honorary Fellow of the Faculty. Emily’s addressed focused on ‘Human Rights and Patient-Centred Care’ and she integrated her extensive nursing experience into exploring how clinicians and practitioners can enhance patient-centred care in the healthcare setting.

Dr Siobhan O’Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health delivered the keynote address on ‘Strengthening the Sustainability of the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce’. This was followed by a Plenary address from Dr Beverly Malone, Chief Executive Officer, National League for Nursing, Washington D.C., US who delivered a paper entitled ‘Operationalising Values in Healthcare’. All of the invited speakers, explored subjects relating to the theme of the conference ‘Nursing and Midwifery Professional Values - The Key to Effective, Safe and High Quality Person-Centred Care'.

Person-centerdness, dignity and care, were discussed and critiqued during the plenary addresses, by Prof. Brendan Mc Cormack from Scotland, Prof. Alessandro Stievano from Italy and Prof. Ann Gallagher from the UK.

Concurrent strands

Eight venues were used for 16 concurrent strands over the morning and afternoon sessions of the conference. 78 concurrent papers were presented by clinicians, researchers and academics across a diverse range of topics. Papers focused on education, collaborative practice, community nursing, professional issues, clinical practice, models of care, older persons services, wound management and tissue viability and cancer and palliative care, intensive and critical care nursing and quality improvement (QI) and organisational development (OD).

Speakers from Ireland, the US, Canada, Italy, Croatia, Kingdom of Bahrain, the UK and Northern Ireland shared their research with delegates. The Office of the Chief Nurse, Department of Health delivered three policy papers at the conference, two of which presented new visions for the future of the nursing and midwifery professions and the delivery of healthcare.

Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, delivering a paper entitled “Developing a Policy for Graduate, Specialist and Advanced Practice”. Prof. Jonathan Drennan, University College Cork presented a paper focused on the 'Implementation of Safe Nurse Staffing Policy', and Ms Susan Kent, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, outlined the vision for 'Developing a Community Nursing and Midwifery Response to an Integrated Model of Care'.

Conference collaborations

The Faculty was delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Leadership, RCSI on a concurrent strand, focusing on Leading Quality Improvement (QI) and Organisational Development (OD). Mr Steve Pitman and Ms Theresa Keane worked closely with the Faculty on this initiative, and the strand showcased many quality improvements projects which have significantly enhanced the delivery of care to patients and clients and positively impacted on health service delivery.

The IoL invited guest speakers for this strand, Prof. Michael Gardam and Ms. Leah Gitterman, University of Toronto, Canada delivered a paper entitled 'Engaging Front-line Staff to Improve Quality and Safety' and focused on the use of complexity science-based approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’ and ‘Front Line Ownership’ to improve patient safety and other complex challenges in the healthcare arena.

The Faculty also collaborated with colleagues in the Irish Association of Critical Care Nurses (IACCN) under the leadership of Mr Derek Cribbin, Chairperson, IACCN and Nurse Lead, on the HSE’s National Critical Care Programme. The concurrent strand focused on intensive and critical care nursing and was held during the morning session. It had five exemplary presentations, with papers on ‘Readmissions to a PICU’, ‘Critical Care Nurses’ Knowledge of Alarm Fatigue’, 'Long-term Quality of Life after ECMO’, ‘Open Visitation in Critical Care’ and ‘The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Emergency Response System’.

Ms Siobhan Casey won the Inaugural IACCN award for outstanding contribution to Critical Care Nursing Research for her work on ‘Critical Care Nurses’ Knowledge of Alarm Fatigue', and 'Attitudes, Perceptions and Practices Towards Clinical Alarms’. This was presented to her by Derek Cribbin, Chairperson IACCN, and Ms Mary Jacob, Dean, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery RCSI.

CPD accreditation

Master Class 'Leadership: Transforming Professional Values into Practice'

  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery (RCSI) Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units (CNMEUs): 3 CNMEUs

  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 3 CEUs

36th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference

  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery (RCSI) Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units (CNMEUs): 7 CNMEUs

  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 7 CEUs

Find out more about the International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference by perusing the programmes from previous years.