Wednesday 10 March 2021: 09.15-10.00 (GMT)
Ms Rachel Kenna
Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health
Biography Ms Rachel Kenna
Rachel Kenna is the newly appointed Chief Nursing Officer in Ireland. She is a Registered Childrens and General Nurse (RCN/RGN) and has extensive clinical and managerial experience spanning 29 years in both in Ireland and the UK.
Rachel has worked as a Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health since 2018 and her primary area of responsibility was nursing policy in the area of patient systems and clinical governance. Rachel previously held the Director of Nursing post in Irelands largest Childrens hospital, Childrens Health Ireland at Crumlin.
Rachel has a real interest in Nursing and Midwifery policy but also in wider health policy and is educated in a wide range of areas to support this. She holds a MSc in Child Protection and Welfare and a BSc in Nursing Management. Rachel’s other educational qualifications includes a Higher Diploma in Professional Practice, critical care, Leadership, Quality in Healthcare and a Diploma in Human Rights and Equality and a Professional Diploma in Governance. Rachel is selected as a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar for 2021.
The Chief Nursing Officer role has an important strategic leadership and influencing role that includes the provision of professional policy direction and evidence-based expert advice for the nursing and midwifery and general health policy agenda. The role incorporates professional regulation, strategic workforce planning and provides an exciting opportunity to develop and strengthen the collaborative working across government and the wider public service.
Wednesday 10 March 2021: 13.15-14.00 (GMT)
Nurses' role in healthcare transformation
Dr Adelaida Zabalegui
Vice Director of Nursing: Hospital Clinic of Barcelona at Barcelona University
Biography Dr Adelaida Zabalegui
Adelaida Zabalegui is a Nurse since 1982 (Spain), Master and Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University (1997) as a Fellow of the Spanish Ministry of Health.
Assistant Director of Nursing at New York City Bellevue Hospital. Director of Nursing and ViceDean of Medical and Health Science School (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya). Chief Nurse Officer and currently ViceDirector of Nursing at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and Associate Professor at Barcelona University.
Full Professor and Advanced Researcher in elderly care, 300 publications, director of 21 doctoral dissertations and Editor of the spanish version of the journal “Nursing”. Member of the Boards: European Academy of Nursing Science and Nursing Now campaign (European representative).
Thursday 11 March 2021: 09.15-10.00 (GMT)
Prof Anne Marie Rafferty CBE
President, Royal College of Nursing
Biography Prof Anne Marie Rafferty CBE
Dame Anne Marie Rafferty is Professor of Nursing Policy, former Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London and President of the Royal College of Nursing. She is a historian, health workforce and policy researcher, graduating from Edinburgh University in social science (Nursing Studies); as a clinical academic, Nottingham University MPhil (Surgery).
She was the first nurse to gain a doctorate (DPhil Modern History) from Oxford University. She is one of first nurses to be elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) & holds fellowships from the Royal College of Nursing, (FRCN) & American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). She was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to healthcare in 2008 & Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2020 for services to nursing.
She served on the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, 2009-10 and been recipient of various awards; Nursing Times Leadership Award (2014); Health Services Journal Top 100 Clinical Leaders Award in 2015; 2017 nominated as one of 70 most influential nurses in the 70 years of the National Health Service. She was inducted onto the Sigma Theta Tau International Hall of Fame for Research in 2016. She co-lead a Student Commission on the Future of the NHS supported by NHS England and was a member of the Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales which reported in 2018 & elected Founding Director, European Nursing Research Foundation in 2020 and Member of the National Academy of Medicine in the US in 2020.
Thursday 11 March 2021: 13.15-14.00 (GMT)
Tackling the future nursing shortage: how to do more with less
Prof. Dr. Walter Sermeus
Professor of Healthcare Management, Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy
Biography Prof. Dr. Walter Sermeus
Walter Sermeus is professor of healthcare management, Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, University of Leuven KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds a PhD in Public Health, a MSc in Biostatistics, a MSc in Healthcare Management and a BA in Nursing. He is Program Director of the Master in Health Care Policy & Management and Head of KU Leuven WHO Collaboration Centre on Human Resources in Health Research & Policy.
He is Senior Fellow to the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School, USA, Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science, the American Academy of Nursing, the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine, the Royal Society of Medicine, UK and the Academia Europaea. He is the European coordinator of the EU RN4CAST-network, Nurse Forecasting in Europe and the ongoing EU-funded Magnet4Europe study.