NMBI Series 2023 
Partnership in Practice



Pictured (L to R) Back row: Jeanne Tarrant: Kathyann Barrett; Carolyn Donohoe; Priscilla Lyons; Daniel Newman; Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride and Bernadette Galvin
                       Front row (L to R): Róisín McLoughlin; Dr Elizabeth Heffernan; Sheila McClelland; Elizabeth Myers: Gillian McCarthy and Fionnula Hunt


The second event in Series was held at the Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry on Thursday, 7 September. It was co-hosted with the Regional Centre of Nursing and Midwifery Education, HSE South. 

Dr Elizabeth Heffernan, Director of CNME Kerry welcomed everyone to Tralee, promising it would be an informative and enjoyable opportunity to engage with colleagues. 

“As someone working in the higher education sector, it is very evident the enormous contribution made by the CNMEs including Level 8/QQI programmes that focus on life-long learning. There are great opportunities available in education and training, which are supported and funded by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD),” said Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride, NMBI President.

Kathyann Barrett, Head of Operations, NMBI again shared data from the State of the Register for 2023, which NMBI now collects digitally. She outlined that from a regulatory perspective, the three pillars of NMBI’s work are annual renewal, education and fitness to practise.

NMBI CEO Sheila McClelland said: “The NMBI Series celebrates and recognises opportunities available to nurses and midwives in their professional careers. In addition to presentations on the State of the Register for 2023 and recent trends in Fitness to Practise complaints, we welcome the opportunity to hear about continuing professional development training and education opportunities for nurses and midwives in practice. It is important for NMBI to hear from nurses and midwifes on the ground, as well as clinical experts and academics. Active engagement with our registrants and stakeholders can only advance the position of nurses and midwives,” she said. 

                                                             Pictured above: Attendees of the NMBI Series in Tralee

Róisín McLoughlin, National Education Lead, ONMSD detailed the opportunities for registered nurses and registered midwives in the area of continuing professional development training and education.

On the panel discussing Continuing Professional Development Training and Education for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives were Dr Elizabeth Heffernan, Director of Nursing and Midwifery Education and CNME Teams; Gillian McCarthy and Daniel Newman, Mental Health Nurse Tutors; Priscilla Lyons and Fionnula Hunt, Specialist Co-ordinators, Midwifery and Bernadette Galvin and Elizabeth Myers, Specialist Co-ordinators, Nursing.

                                     Pictured (L to R) Top row: Gillian McCarthy; Priscilla Lyons and Bernadette Galvin
                                                   Bottom row: Fionnula Hunt; Daniel Newman and Elizabeth Myers

A discussion on Health and Wellbeing for nurses and midwives was once again facilitated by Carolyn Donohoe, Director of Education, Policy and Standards at NMBI.

Jeanne Tarrant, NMBI Fitness to Practise Officer, gave a presentation on recent trends in Fitness to Practise complaints, the importance of the Code of Conduct and its practical application. 

Concluding the event, Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride, President, NMBI, thanked everyone for attending describing the morning as being insightful and thought provoking.

                                   Pictured (L to R): Jeanne Tarrant: Dr Louise Kavanagh McBride and Carolyn Donohoe

The event in Tralee was filmed by Visual Narrative and can be watched back on our YouTube channel.

                                                               Pictured above: Attendees of the NMBI Series in Tralee

Photography by Domnick Walsh, Dominick Walsh Photography.

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