Nursing lecturers and HSE employees gathered in GMIT Mayo to take part in a formal consultation on the future of nursing education in Ireland.
In attendance in GMIT Mayo in Castlebar were senior officials from the HSE, managers from Mayo General Hospital, Roscommon Hospital, Mayo Mental Health Services and other local agencies.
Co-ordinated by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) – the meeting was hosted by GMIT’s Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The Department has been delivering degree programmes in General Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing since 2002 and Applied Social Studies since 2008.
The NMBI were seeking the views of key stakeholders on the draft Review of the Requirements and Standards for Nurse Registration Education Programmes.
The organisation has been holding focus groups in each of the Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in Ireland, involving lecturers, members of local Joint Working Groups, Allocations Personnel, Clinical Placement Co-ordinators and students.
Among those taking part in the NMBI public consultation in the Mayo Campus were lecturing staff in GMIT Mayo’s Dept of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Studies, including: Kathleen Taheny, Acting Head of Dept of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care, GMIT Mayo; Teresa Bruen, lecturer; Maura Fitzsimmons, lecturer; Veronica Byrne, Allocations Officer.
Also in attendance were Dr Anne Marie Ryan, Chief Education Officer, NMBI; Aishling Costello, Clinical Skills Co-ordinator; Margaret Tobin, lecturer; Caroline Kavanagh, lecturer, Maggie Wood, lecturer; Dr Deirdre Garvey, Head of GMIT Mayo; Margaret Prendergast, lecturer, and Dr. John Sweeney, Consultant, NMBI.
Kathleen Taheny, Acting Head of the Dept of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Studies, GMIT Mayo, commented: “The voices of the key stakeholders involved in undergraduate nursing training in the GMIT Mayo campus were heard and will become part of the revised requirements and standards for nurse education in the future.”
Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Chief Education Officer, NMBI, said: “The new standards will guide the higher education institutions and their associated health services over the next decade in the development of new curricula to prepare nurses for registration in the light of a changing population profile, with a greater emphasis on safety of people using health services, a clear person-centred approach to caring, and a more inclusive and collaborative approach to the delivery of nursing services.”
For more information on GMIT Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care programmes, visit GMIT website.