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INMO student and new graduate officer Dean Flanagan is on the road meeting new nursing and midwifery students around the country

It has been great to meet with over half of the new intake of student nurses and midwives recently. I have been to Sligo, Dundalk, Letterkenny, Galway and Waterford (pictured right at WIT) so far, and will be continuing to visit the rest of the colleges this month. However, if your classmates didn’t get a chance a join the INMO they can still do so by phone at Tel: 01 6640600, or by filling out the form online at www.inmo.ie/membership

New issues
I was recently contacted by students in localised pockets over the issue of supernumerary status and the obligation placed on them to work weekends and night duty during their placement. I, along with the industrial relations officers (IROs) in your area, have committed to:

  • Stopping the practice where it is implemented
  • Preventing it from been implemented in hospitals around Ireland

In the INMO’s opinion, there had always been an understanding that supernumerary status was restricted to Monday-Friday. Some hospitals and universities however, began rostering students to work weekend and night duty, stating that this is to fulfil educational needs etc. However, to date, I am unaware of any CPCs or link lecturers who also work weekends and night duty to provide educational support to the students. This issue will be brought up at national level and I will send out an update as soon as the INMO has met with the Department of Health. We need any of you affected to contact your class reps who should contact me or your IRO so as to put a stop to this.

Current issues
As mentioned before, the INMO is in the Labour Court with three main issues affecting internship and newly graduated nurses and midwives. These are:

  • Incremental credit for the 36-week internship
  • Correction of pay during the post internship/ pre-registration period
  • The protection of reflective practice outside of rostered duty.

The Labour Court was due to set a date around the time of going to print for these issues to be heard in court, and an update will be issued after the decision of the court has been reached.

Social media
I have been briefing most student and new graduate groups I meet about the new guidance document for nurses and midwives on social media and social networking published by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The INMO was involved in research for the document and I would recommend all nursing and midwifery students to read it. It includes the rules and practices of social media in the HSE, privacy settings, the concepts of cyber bullying, confidentiality and defamation and also has some practical examples of cases in the past involving social media.

European Nursing Student Association
The INMO hosted the Annual Gathering Meeting of the European Nursing Student Association (ENSA), which was taking place in Dublin as we went to press. The main goal of ENSA is to be a network between nursing students in Europe and to discuss matters regarding quality in nursing education. In October ENSA gained a notable step in the progression of the association by becoming a legal European lobbying group in Brussels. I for one look forward to this new venture for ENSA and hope to help and be involved as best I can.

Cinderella panto
Finally, it’s that time of year again folks, OH NO IT ISN’T, OH YES IT IS! It’s panto time, and the INMO has teamed up with the Tivoli Theatre and Cheerios Panto Cinderella starring Alan Hughes. Tickets are available for the Wednesday, December 10 show at 6.30pm at a special discount of €16 – that’s 45% off – when you book via the Tivoli box office at Tel: 01 4544472 and quote ‘INMO’. Please take this opportunity to enjoy the upcoming festive time of year, and I do hope I get to meet everyone there.

Student focus - Out and about
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Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (Cumann Altrai agus Ban Cabhrach na hEireann). The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. T:+353 1 664 0600 E:inmo@inmo.ie