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Ireland joins Nursing Now campaign to raise profile of nurses around the world

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A global campaign to raise the profile and status of nursing will be extended to Ireland today.

The Nursing Now initiative, which was officially launched in various counties around the world last year, will now also work to help benefit nurses in Ireland too.

President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Martina Harkin-Kelly, who will be speaking at the launch event, highlighted the importance of work that Nursing Now does, which aims to “demonstrate the incredible work that nurses do worldwide”.

The three-year global initiative is being run by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization.

The campaign, a version of which has already been launched in England, is intended to recognise nurses’ contribution to healthcare, gender equality, wider society and improved economies. It aims to create greater investment in the profession and to see more nurses in leadership positions.

In addition, the campaign works to increase nurses’ input and impact on healthcare and bring tangible evidence to policy makers to show that nurses improve health and will make a crucial contribution to realising universal health coverage.

The initiative in Ireland will be launched at an event at the old Richmond Hospital and will hear from key speakers such as president of the European Federation of Nurses, Elizabeth Adams and Howard Catton, chief executive of the International Council of Nurses.

“Not only are we the lynchpin of health services, nurses are a driving force in promoting wellbeing around the world”

Martina Harkin-Kelly

Dame Christine Beasley, trustee of the Burdett Trust for Nursing and a former CNO for England, will also be speaking at the launch.

In addition, the event will also hear from practising nurses in Ireland including a student nurse in Waterford IT, Roisin O’Connell, an intellectual disabilities nurse, Ailish Byrne and Shirley Ingram, who is an advanced nurse practitioner in cardiology at Tallaght Hospital.

Commenting on the launch, Ms Harkin-Kelly, who is also a nurse, said: “Patients and health staff can tell you – nurses are consistently undervalued.

”Nursing Now aims to change that, demonstrating the incredible work that nurses do worldwide,” she added.

“Not only are we the lynchpin of health services, nurses are a driving force in ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing around the world,” said Ms Harkin-Kelly.

INMO director of professional and regulatory services, Dr Edward Mathews, also said: “Nursing and nurses in leadership are changing the face of healthcare delivery in Ireland and worldwide.

“Innovative and effective developments in nurse led and delivered healthcare are improving health outcomes and delivering more economic healthcare,” he said.

“Fundamentally, nurses are improving lives, our society and economies and we can do more when nurses are empowered to do their job,” he noted.

Nursing Now will run until 2020 – the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

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