ICHN would like to congratulate Maura Moran, PHN ,Headford , Co Galway and her team . They were featured on RTE Nationwide last Friday on their work in Zambia with Imminizations4life. The programme can be accessed for the next 21 days on RTE nationwide
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Dear ICHN Members,
I am writing today to say 'Thank you' to you all as I am retiring as ICHN Director on October 3rd. There are many of you, who have supported ICHN projects over the past 5 years and I am so grateful to you, who have given so generously of your time, commitment & talents to develop and achieve many memorable milestones for ICHN and the Public Health Nursing service.
When I will look back, I will remember fondly, the great occasions in which we showcased the Public Health Nursing service and brought it to its rightful place in the discourses on the health service. My regret is that we failed to convince more staff to join and support the work of ICHN. . I do appeal to you to continue to support ICHN and to promote it with your colleagues.
I wish to thank the current ICHN President, Johanna Downey and Council and the various ICHN Councils with whom I have worked with, including former President’s Catriona Duignan & Anne Corridan. I have made many special friendships within ICHN and I deeply appreciate your friendship & support Also to thank the former ICHN employees and Iris Meade our current Administrator.
So I will finish with the song we sang at the end of the International conference in Galway in 2013
‘May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand’
A nationwide campaign to highlight how palliative care can improve the quality of life of any person with an incurable illness, has been announced.
The campaign Making the most of life will take place during the first-ever Palliative Care Week from. It is an all-island campaign and being coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).
The Minister for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said: “I warmly welcome the first-ever all-island Palliative Care Week as an opportunity to encourage new conversations among patients, carers, families and health and social care professionals about how a palliative care approach benefits a person with an incurable illness as well as their family and carers.”
The campaign aims to change the common public perception that palliative care is about pain relief for older people during the final days of life, to an understanding that including a palliative care approach, as part of a medical care plan, helps to achieve the best possible quality of life for a person with an incurable condition.
AIIHPC Director Paddie Blaney said: “A palliative care approach looks at much more than medical need. It seeks to care for all aspects of the person - mind, body and spiritual.
“It is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness, regardless of age or condition and also supports their family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards.
“For the very best outcomes palliative care starts as early as possible and is suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life.”
The campaign is being supported by the patient group Voices4Care member and advocate Carmel Geoghegan whose mother received palliative care: “Palliative care enables people to enjoy a better quality of life and when faced with an incurable illness. It was a great comfort for my Mum and our extended family and friends to have that special time”, she said.
The campaign is being supported by the Department of Health, HSE and providers of hospice and palliative care across the country, as well as all health agencies in Northern Ireland.
Many information events will take place across the country during Palliative Care Week, as well as newspaper, radio and online adverts. More information will be at www.palliativecareweek.com
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.
Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Community Health Nursing
Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh Dublin 6
Tuesday September 9th 2014
10.30am Registration Tea/Coffee
11.00-12.00pm ICHN Interest Groups Workshop
12.00pm- 12.45 ICHN AGM (working lunch)
12.45 - 1.30pm ICHN Champions
Ainna Fawcett –Hensey, Former Chief of Nursing, WHO
1.30 – 2.30pm Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Community
Denise Gillespie, ANP, Donegal
Neil Dunne, ANP, Dublin South City
Professor Laserina O'Connor, Professor of Clinical Nursing, UCD/SVUH/MMUH
2.30 pm-3.00pm ICHN Community Nurse Awards
Dr. Siobhan O’ Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, DOH.
There is no fee for attending & light lunch will be served
New members welcome
It is with some sadness but great appreciation, ICHN Council staff and members say 'thank you' to Catriona Barry who is leaving today to start her PHN training next week.She has made an enormous contribution to the many projects at ICHN. In the past year she has led on ICHN research project and the Dignity Intervention project. In all of her work with colleagues and members she has been a wonderful ambassador for ICHN and Public Health Nursing with her knowledge and many skills.
We wish her well and look forward to her continued involvement with ICHN.
As part of the implementation of ICHN Research Strategy, a new research resource has been added to ICHN web site for members. ICHN wish to thank Aoife Lawton from HSE Library for updating this section.
The guide has been developed for community nurses, including public health nurses working in the Irish health system. Compiled by HSE Librarians this guide aims to give an introduction to information resources available to nurses both online and in paper format. The intention is to assist community nurses with information to support their research and practice. The guide covers literature including journals, ebooks, books, bibliographic databases and websites useful for any nurse looking for patient information or nursing research.
Please select from the bulleted list below the area of interest to you.
Where access is free, the term ‘open access’ is used. Where access is restricted, ‘subscription required’ is used. The HSE Regional Library at Dr. Steevens' Hospital holds a subscription to the former resources. All nurses and midwives directly employed by the HSE may register for online access (an Athens account) by going to http://www.hselibrary.ie
On behalf of ICHN Council staff & members we wish to say 'Thank you' to Leah Cawley who has been on a internship placement as a Communication officer and leaves tomorrow . Comments like 'the blogs are great' can be attributed to Leahs work. She has also done extensive work on both ICHN and the Global network web site, rearraging and keeping them up to date. Most likely the highlight of her time with us was meeting President Michael D Higgins at our annual conference.
Leah we wish you well and thank you again for all your work at ICHN and the Global Network
Johanna Downey ICHN President, Council , Staff & Members
ICHN wish to remind members, the closing date for submission of nominees for ICHN Annual Community Nurse awards is July 31st .The award is to recognise Nurses who provide exceptional care in the Community and demonstrate a commitment to promoting Public Health Nursing in the Community. There are 4 regional awards and one overall award. The applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ICHN Council. The awards will be presented by Dr. Siobhan O' Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health at ICHN AGM on Tuesday, September 9th .
ICHN Annual Community Nurse Awards
ICHN are pleased to announce the Annual Community Nurse Award for ICHN member’s .The award is to recognise Nurses who provide exceptional care in the Community and demonstrate a commitment to promoting Public Health Nursing in the Community. There are 4 regional awards and one overall award. The applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ICHN Council. The awards will be presented by Dr. Siobhan O' Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health.
Mary O' Dowd,
Director, Institute of Community Health Nursing,
Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland
T: 00 353-1 -2200200
The Government has embarked on a major reform programme for the health system, the aim of which is to deliver a single-tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance (UHI), where access is based on need and not simply on ability to pay.Further details
The closing date for submissions is close of business 28 May 2014 and will be strictly adhered to. All submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 & 2003 and may be released in response to a Freedom of Information request.
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delegates attending the ICHN Conference on the 21st May
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Last Chance to avail of the Early Bird Special
Early Bird Booking Fee up Until 21st March
ICHN Members €50
ICHN Membership & Conference €75
Non Members Fee €65
Late Booking Fee (From 22nd March)
ICHN Members €75
Membership & Conference €100
Non Members €80
For more information on the conference click here
. Aims and Objects
The primary aims and objects of the Association are:
1.1 To protect the health of all babies, infants and young children in Ireland by providing them with safe and nutritious foodstuffs.
1.2 To monitor, and encourage others to monitor, the advertising, marketing and other promotional activities of the manufacturers and suppliers of breast milk substitutes and other foodstuffs aimed at babies, infants and young children and to challenge those activities which fail to comply with legal requirements and/or which fail to comply with agreed marketing standards and codes.
1.3 To bring to an end all marketing practices which could have an adverse effect onthe feeding of babies, infants and young children and/or which could threaten, the role of breastfeeding as the primary/biological normal feeding method and/or which could undermine the good health of babies, infants and young children.
1.4 To promote the right of a mother to breastfeed should she wish to do so
1.5 To promote the provision of objective, balanced, factual and relevant information about breastfeeding generally but particularly to expectant mothers and lactating mothers.
1.6 To require the competent authorities and other responsible organisations to provide all appropriate information, guidance, encouragement and support to enable mothers to breastfeed where they wish to and where they are able to do so.
1.7 To require the provision of all such information, guidance, encouragement and support to be based on the wishes and needs of the mother and subject to any medical or health-related advice.
1.8 To require that all such information, guidance, encouragement and support is not influenced by outside commercial pressures including from organisations that manufacture or sell breast milk substitutes and/or follow-on formulae.
1.9 To make representations and/or submissions to governments, elected representatives, competent authorities, regulators, organisations, individuals and others on matters of professional, legal, practical, commercial or other concern to the Members of the Association;
1.10 To strengthen the commitment of the Irish government and non-governmental Irish organisations to comply with all relevant legal obligations, codes of practice, guidance, agreements and resolutions which relate to the promotion of breastfeeding and the marketing and advertising of breast milk substitutes.