Immediate ly after ADC I went to Melbourne, Australia to attend the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Council of National Representatives (CNR) meetings and 25th Quadrennial Congress. Some 135 countries were in attendance at the CNR meetings and over 4,000 nurses from across the globe attended the Congress.
The first week of meetings was in relation to international nursing and updates were given from all over the world. It was interesting to hear comments from countries across the globe, particularly from those in Europe who are suffering similar austerity measures to us. The professions of nursing and midwifery, along with public sector workers, are being targeted with similar cuts to those we are experiencing, for example loss of nursing and public sector posts, pay cuts and increasing working hours. Unfortunately, some countries such as Greece were unable to attend this year but updates were given on their behalf by the Cypriot Nursing Association.
The developing countries still have some way to go in obtaining recognition for the roles being performed by nurses and midwives. I had some very interesting meetings with the president of the Ethiopian Nurses Association where we discussed the progress of the Wellness Centre. I was amazed to hear that there are a total of 27,800 nurses registered in Ethiopia servicing a population of approximately 80 million! Needless to say, it is hard to recruit and retain nurses in the profession and a lot of the work of the Wellness Centre will be focused on health promotion for the nursing workforce and their families. They are delighted that the INMO continues to support their Wellness Centre and, although still in its infancy, they are happy to be able to support and educate their members and their families through the wellness programme.
|Claire Mahon, INMO president, pictured accepting the Health and Human Rights Award on behalf of Mary Robinson from Rudolph Cini, International Council of Nurses Vice President|
You will have seen in last month’s WIN that Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland received the 2013 International Council of Nurses’ Health and Human Rights Award. In her absence, I was honoured to accept the award on her behalf.
Dara Ann O’Malley
Dara Ann has worked with the Organisation for the past two years as our student officer. As president, I would like to sincerely thank her, on my own behalf, and that of the Executive Council, for all her hard work throughout her term in office, particularly the past six months. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of our student and graduate nurses/midwives. I would like to wish her every success in her future career.
‘Building Resilience in Occupational Health’ was the theme for the Conference. It was a very interesting day with an excellent line up of speakers. It was well attended with members from both the public and private sector. As a group of professionals, occupational health nurses play a very important role in the prevention and management of illness in the workplace.
I was delighted to meet some of my colleagues from Waterford, who incidentally won the poster competition with the theme ‘Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Injuries – Introducing the HSE(SE) Yellow Packs’. Well done to all who submitted excellent posters. I would like to thank the section officers who put together a fantastic educational day. I would encourage members to affiliate to their section or branch in order to have opportunities to avail of these important educational days.
Our student representative on the Executive Council for the past three years has been Aisling Maher. Aisling attended the ICN Congress but has remained in Melbourne where she hopes to spend the next year working as a nurse. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone in the INMO, to wish her all the best in her future career and to thank her for all her hard work. She has been an excellent advocate for students and new graduates.
Aisling will be sending us an update on her experience for the magazine at a later date.
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