Over the past ten years, nursing and midwifery in Ireland have experienced a considerable number of changes, driven principally by the Report of the Commission on Nursing, published in 1998, and the health service reform programme, announced in 2003. In the same period, Irish society has become wealthier and more culturally diverse, creating new challenges for nursing and midwifery. In Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, Yvonne O’Shea sets out to identify the role for nursing and midwifery in the health services of the future in Ireland and to formulate a strategy for the professional development required for the professions.
The book has three parts. Part 1 sets out to establish the context within which the professions of nursing and midwifery operate in Ireland by examining the implications of recent key policy developments and the roles played by the Report of the Commission on Nursing and the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. Part 2 forms the core of the book and is based on seventy-seven interviews with senior figures in the health services, including policymakers, service managers, medical consultants, educators and leaders of nursing and midwifery. Part 3 goes on to outline a strategy for the professional development of nursing and midwifery, including key steps necessary to reach objectives and to realise the strategy’s long-term vision.
Published at a time of significant change within the health services in Ireland, the book is intended as a contribution to ensuring that nursing and midwifery take their place at the heart of health service transformation. It will be of great value to all role players in the Irish health service.
No. of Pages
234 x 156
About the Author
Yvonne O'Shea is chief executive of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. Her career has included experience in general nursing, midwifery, nurse education, nurse management, nurse regulation and professional development.