Student news - Interns get ready

Student and new graduate officer Dean Flanagan provides advice on internships and renewing membership to the Organisation

I remember my first placement on the male surgical ward. As daunting as it was to begin with, I loved it by the end. Some brief pointers and things to remember as you begin your placement are:

Some things take longer to learn than others and each situation is different, so lean on and take guidance from those around you. Don’t forget you can always contact me at:

I am not telling you that it will be easy, but it definitely will be worth it.

Renewing INMO membership
Congratulations to everyone who graduated recently and I do wish you all the very best in whatever path you choose. Some graduates may choose to travel, to specialise in a particular area, or to stay here in Ireland.

As your INMO representative, I wish to help you through whatever might arise as new graduates in a very uncertain time. I would like to invite you all to join as full INMO members to replace your four-year student membership.

The benefits of full INMO membership include:

To renew your membership, Tel: 01 6640600 or fill out a membership form available to download at

Don’t forget the ‘Recruit a Friend’ scheme; if you help recruit three people to the Organisation, you will receive a gift of €50.

Graduate pay
The HSE continues to devalue and demean the nursing profession by paying pre-registered nurses and midwives below minimum wage, exploiting young nursing and midwifery professionals. The INMO is actively seeking the first point of the HCA scale for new graduates before they are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, INMO director of industrial relations, and I are bringing a test case to the Labour Relations Commission with regards to the issue and I am very grateful for the great response I received from the new graduates who came forward as test cases. I will provide updates on any news on this situation as it arises.

Enjoy holidays and discounts
For students, graduates and those getting ready for internships, I wish you all a very happy and relaxing Christmas.

In the run up to the holidays, if you are looking to save a few euro, be sure to check out the INMO Groupscheme discount website for great presents at huge discounts, including Converse, laptops, jewellery, rally car lessons and much more.

To check out the bargains, visit

Student news - Interns get ready

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