The Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland: Key Challenges for the Twenty-First Century provides a unique overview of the many changes that are taking place in the Irish health services, and details how they will continue to affect the professions of nursing and midwifery. It explores how nurses and midwives interact with others in the health services and how nursing and midwifery are a rich resource in the delivery of an efficient and effective healthcare service.
This book is a comprehensive guide to what it means to be a nurse or midwife in today’s Irish health services. It is essential reading for all those involved in nursing and midwifery education (both students and educators), and is a reference book for clinical practitioners, employers and all those involved in the formulation of policies for the health services and the regulation of the professions.
Yvonne O’Shea’s career in nursing and midwifery has included experience in general nursing, midwifery, nurse education, management and regulation. Since 1999 she has been at the forefront of the development of the professions of nursing and midwifery in Ireland. She is the author of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland: A Strategy for Professional Development in a Changing Health Service (Blackhall Publishing, 2008) and Clinical Directorates in the Irish Health Services: Managing Resources and Patient Safety (Blackhall Publishing, 2009).