Ms Margaret Frahill, CNM3, Mercy University Hospital, Cork was elected 2nd Vice President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) at the recent Annual Delegate Conference in Killarney.
Margaret has been actively involved in the INMO for the past 30 years at local and branch level and is currently branch Chairperson. She has been a member of the Executive Council for the past two years and will serve as 2nd Vice President for the 2016-2018 period.
She did her general nurse training in the Mercy University Hospital and midwifery training in the UK. She has worked for many years in the Theatre Department of the Mercy and currently holds the position of Clinical Nurse Manager 3.
Margaret has been elected 2nd Vice President at a very critical time in the Irish public health service where nurses and midwives have, over the last number of years, suffered a pay reduction of up to 16%, the loss of 5,200 posts and an increase in working hours, all of which have led to a crisis in recruitment and retention.
Nurses and midwives have experienced a sustained crisis in all of our workplaces over the last number of years with increasing evidence of burnout, stress and low morale. As a Theatre Manager, Margaret is acutely aware of the huge challenges faced by nurses in theatres, wards, departments and the community daily and the difficulties faced by all to provide a safe environment for patients and frontline staff. In that regard, the whole area of recruitment, retention and staffing levels will be a priority issue for Margaret in her role as 2nd Vice President of the INMO.
Speaking following her election Margaret said:
“I know and understand the difficulties presented when we as nurses and midwives are striving to deliver a safe standard of care with inadequate staffing levels and increased workloads, both in hospitals and the community.
One of the key demands from delegates at our recent Annual Conference was the restoration of pay and working hours due to the severe recruitment and retention problems facing the professions. I will work tirelessly during my term of office to achieve this goal.”
Ms Frahill went on:
“I am delighted to have been elected 2nd Vice President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation by my colleagues. I am very proud of our professions and it will be my privilege and honour to represent nurses and midwives nationally.”