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100 Years of Nursing Regulation Conference

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December 20, 2019

NMBI's 100 Years of Nursing Regulation in Ireland: Past, Present and Future conference was held on Thursday 24 October 2019, in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin. 

To mark 100 years of Nursing Regulation in Ireland, NMBI hosted a national conference on Thursday 24 October 2019 at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin.

Pictured: Flor MacCarthyJournalist and broadcaster Flor MacCarthy opened the conference which began with a video message from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris. 

In his address the Minister said, “It is a great opportunity to reflect on where we started from 100 years ago and what has been achieved”.

   Pictured: Flor MacCarthy

He added, “As we look to the future, we can see there are health and regulatory challenges. But we can also see that nursing education and practice is evolving as well. This is being driven at a policy level by Sláintecare and we are seeing the development of more Advanced Nurse Practitioners roles as part of that”

He said he hoped the conference would reflect that “innovation, regulation and nursing go hand in hand, and that by truly engaging with one another and by working together can we fully realise the ambition of Sláintecare”. 

This was followed by a session on regulation and changing healthcare, from the new NMBI CEO Sheila McClelland, Rachel Kenna, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health, and NMBI President, Essene Cassidy.

Pictured left to right: Essene Cassidy, Sheila McClelland, Rachel Kenna             Pictured: Essene Cassidy

A session on 'Nursing regulation for the past 100 years', focused on current national and international nursing regulation. This included presentations from Prof Gerard Fealy, Dean of Nursing and Head of School, UCD, Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Director of Operations, Registration, NMBI and Prof Yvonne McEwen, Professor of History, War and Conflict Studies, University of Wolverhampton.

Pictured left to right: Dr Anne-Marie Ryan, Prof Gerard Fealy and Prof Yvonne McEwen

A presentation on the 'Code of professional conduct and ethics for registered nurses and midwives' was presented by Lorraine Clarke-Bishop, NMBI Board member and Dr Judith Foley, Director of Professional Standards (Nursing), NMBI.

   Pictured left to right: Dr Judith Foley and Lorraine Clarke-Bishop

There were a number of Breakout Sessions throughout the day on topics such as Fitness to Practise and developing a scheme for monitoring the maintenance of professional competence.

Delegates had the opportunity to experience the immersive audio-based artwork of Shannon Yee, Playwright during the 'Reassembled, Slightly Askew: a brain injury survivor’s story' session.             

                                                                                                               'Reassembled, Slightly Askew: a brain injury survivor’s story' session                                                                  

The final panel discussion of the day, 'The future of regulation' was chaired by Mr Paul Cullen, Health Correspondent, Irish Times. Panellists included David O’Flynn, Registrar of Dental Council of Ireland, Ginny Hanrahan, CEO of CORU, Sheila McClelland, CEO of NMBI and Phelim Quinn, CEO of HIQA. 

Pictured left to right: Phelim Quinn, Sheila McClelland, Paul Cullen, Ginny Hanrahan and David O’Flynn.


Powerpoint presentations are available through the below links:


To download the full conference programme: please click here.

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