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Celebrating 21 Years of National and International Excellence and Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Education & Research at Trinity College Dublin

09 January 2018

The School of Nursing and Midwifery hosted its 21st birthday celebration on Tuesday, January 9th, with an event marking 21 Years of National and International Excellence and Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Education & Research. The day brought together past and present members of staff and the student body in the School of Nursing, as well representation from the Health Service Executive, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the School’s clinical partners. The School was honoured to host three distinguished speakers:

  • Professor Mary McCarron the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Trinity College Dublin;
  • Professor Linda Aiken, the Claire Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; and
  • Dr Susan Kent. Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Health Service Executive.

In the opening address, Professor Mary McCarron reflected upon the history, developments and achievements of the School over the past 21 years. She described the challenges in the establishment of the School, acknowledging the pioneering work of Professor Cecily Begley in the development of the School and the implementation of degree-level nursing and midwifery education in Ireland. Reflecting on her journey from being the first PhD graduate of the School to her current role as the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor McCarron articulated the particular challenges facing the School of Nursing and Midwifery as a leader in nursing and midwifery education and research over the next 21 years.

In a very timely and topical keynote, Professor Linda Aiken highlighted the value of graduate education for nurses and midwives internationally. Professor Aiken discussed her insights from the RN4CAST study, including the implications of a highly skilled and educated nursing workforce for patient outcomes and costs to healthcare providers in acute settings. She highlighted challenges for advancing nursing practice, including restrictive scope of practice, funding, and leadership, and encouraged those in the audience to build a business case for advanced nursing practice to secure its continued development.

During the final talk of the day, Dr Susan Kent outlined the future directions for nursing and midwifery education, expressing a vision of the future of healthcare in Ireland with greater emphasis on preventative health, personalised medicine and primary care supported by developing technologies. Nursing and advanced practice roles were an essential component of this vision, bridging the gap between access and coverage with the capacity to coordinate increasingly complex care at the lowest appropriate level of complexity within easily accessible comprehensive care pathways.

The School looks forward to hosting similar events as part of our 21st birthday celebrations in the coming months. Further information about upcoming seminars in our ‘Tell Me About’ public lecture series and symposia in Maternity Care Research, Children, Young People and Families Research and Mental Health Research are available on our website at http://nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/events-conferences/celebrating-21-years-events/research-events/index.php

We look forward to welcoming you!