INMO Professional Development Centre
INMO Professional E-Newsletter
Issue 1, Winter 2014
NMBI Code of Conduct
NMBI Code of Conduct
Dear Member,

Welcome to our first INMO Professional eNewsletter providing the latest education, library, research and professional networking opportunities and services available. The INMO Professional Development Centre is committed to supporting nurses and midwives to determine their professional requirements and maintain their competence in order to deliver effective clinical outcomes. We offer a wide variety of outstanding meeting and education options for nurses and midwives, in a range of geographical areas, with face-to-face workshops, seminars, master classes, conferences with online research and reading options. Our contemporary, clinically relevant courses and library services assist nurses and midwives to consolidate foundation knowledge, update their professional and specialty knowledge and contribute to life-long learning within the profession.

This new quarterly eNewsletter will feature up-to-date relevant reports, research and guidance from our expert Librarians and our Section Development Officer will provide the up and coming discipline specific networking opportunities, section meetings and conferences. Our Course Co-ordinator will detail the comprehensive range of education programmes across the country all with Category 1 approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland with Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

I look forward to welcoming you to an INMO educational opportunity in the near future.

Elizabeth Adams
Director of Professional Development

 New Professional Development Centre Courses on Offer

The INMO's Professional Development Centre (PDC) is offering a number of new courses in 2015. Below is a selection of what is on offer. For listings of all upcoming educational programmes log on to the INMO Professional Website (www.inmoprofessional.ieor by selecting one of the icons on the left. 

Preparing for HIQA Inspections within the Acute Services
Wednesday, 24 February 2015
6.0 CEUs

The National Standards for Safer Better Health Care (HIQA, 2012) drive continuous improvement in Ireland’s health and personal social care services within the acute setting. This one day programme aims to assist staff to identify strengths and challenges within their services and create a clear framework for quality improvement. From this perspective the monitoring of safety and quality within these services can enhance a person-centred care approach to all service users and individuals within the hospital setting.

This interactive one day programme introduces and highlights key components from each of the eight themes and provides guidance on how to meet these standards.

Intravenous Administration of Drugs
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 
5.0 CEUs

This course discusses accountability in undertaking intravenous administration of drugs, along with the task of undertaking drug calculations. Principles of aseptic technique, providing the patient with information on the procedure, gaining consent and complications that may arise before, during and after the procedure will also be explored. The ultimate aim is for participants to learn how to carry out the procedure in a competent and safe manner.

Caring for Patients with Renal Impairment                      
Friday,  30 January 2015
7.0 CEUs

This study day focuses on developing nurses’ competency in the assessment and management of patients presenting with impaired renal function. Common causes of acute kidney injury and chronic renal failure are sepsis, diabetes and hypertension which are extremely prevalent in the acute hospital, older person and community patient populations. This study day will both inform and equip nurses to more comprehensively assess and care for patients with renal dysfunction.

Caring for a Person with Parkinsons
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
4 CEUs

Advances in the understanding and management of Parkinson’s disease have potential to improve the quality of life for many patients with Parkinsons. This one day interactive course is designed to deliver up-to-date information while outlining care practices to all nursing staff with an interest in the management of a client/patient with Parkinsons. The programme content includes process of diagnosis, assessment and management relating to a client whom is diagnosed with Parkinsons.  In addition this course outlines and reviews clinical features, holistic care approaches, medication therapy, assessment, care planning and evaluation across all activities of daily living.The day outlines the role of the nurse and the interdisciplinary health care team in assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating care with the client and their carer/family.
Section Events /Workshops
RNID Workshop
RNID Section

On Wednesday, 10 December the RNID Nurses Section are running a special workshop entitled  Multi element behaviour support: positive behaviour support training, facilitated by Kathleen Byrne, Clinical Nurse Tutor, Trinity College Dublin. Further information is available by clicking here 


Care of the Older Person Worksop
Care of the Older Person Section

On the Tuesday, 18 November the Care of the Older Person Section is running a workshop entitled  Legal issues for nurses working in the care of the older person section, facilitated by Dr Olwyn McWeeney, Barrister at Law. 
Topics covered on the day will include advanced care planning, capacity consent and restraint. To book a place tel: 01 6640616 or e-mail:


Library Update

The INMO PDC Library is dedicated to keeping members up-to-date with the most recent and relevant nursing and midwifery related information.

Below are a number of new or important reports/research/guidance documents on a range of topics. Select a topic from the Library Topics menu to go straight to the relevant document or else browse through the documents below.  

For any further information on the library please log on to the INMO Professional website.
NMBI Code of Conduct
Professional Conduct

NMBI (2014) Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Nurses and Midwives 

The new Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics has been developed by NMBI and is effective from 10 December 2014. It replaces the Code of Professional Conduct for Each Nurse and Midwife (2000) and follows an extensive consultation process.
The purpose of the Code is to guide nurses and midwives in their day-to-day practice and help them to understand their professional responsibilities in caring for patients in a safe, ethical and effective way.


HIQA Draft Residential Care Standards
Residential Care

HIQA (2014) Draft National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland

Older people should be supported  to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible in their own homes. However, there are some older people who will require  placement in residential care,  including nursing homes, when  their needs cannot be met at home  or in the community.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (the Authority) aims to  promote continuous improvement in the quality and safety of the  residential services provided to people  living in residential care.

NICE Midwife Staffing

Midwifery Staffing

NICE (2014) Safe Midwife Staffing for Maternity Settings. NICE Safe Staffing Guideline. Draft for Consultation, 17 October to 13 November 2014 Linking Evidence to Recommendations 

The Department of Health and NHS England has asked NICE to develop evidence-based guidelines on safe staffing, with a particular focus on nursing and midwifery staff, for England. This request followed the publication of the Francis report (2013)and the Keogh review (2013).

This guideline makes recommendations on safe midwife staffing requirements for maternity settings, based on the best available evidence. The guideline focuses on the pre-conception, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care provided by midwives in all maternity settings, including: at home, in the community, in day assessment units, in obstetric units, and in midwifery-led units (alongside hospitals and free-standing).


Irish Research
  Productive Ward

White, M. et al. 2014, The Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care – what we can learn from the literature for implementation. Journal of Nursing Management, 22(7): pp. 914-923 

Aim: This paper reviews the Productive Ward: Releasing Time to Care™ literature, identifying and discussing the key characteristics that may contribute to successful implementation. Background: It is 5 years since the official UK launch of the Productive Ward, and the Republic of Ireland commenced a phased, national implementation programme in 2011. Thus it is timely to reflect on the implementation lessons learned to date and described in the literature. Evaluation: Using taxonomic mapping, this paper evaluates the current state of the literature that pertains to Productive Ward implementation experience; success factors; reports, and assessments. Key issues: Seven common contextual characteristics were identified: robust and engaging communication; enabling and empowering roles; appropriate training; project planning and management; leadership; corporate/management engagement and support; and financial and human resource commitment. Conclusion:
The key characteristics identified have a direct impact on the implementation of the Productive Ward. The interplay between these key characteristics and how this interplay influences successful implementation of the Productive Ward warrants further research. Implications for nursing management: Acknowledging and embracing the seven characteristics during implementation will positively improve the progress and success of the initiatives implementation.

Community Nursing 

Hanafin, S, et al. 2014, Supporting the use of evidence in community nursing: a national strategic approach', British Journal of Community Nursing, 19(10)  pp. 496-501 

While there is an acceptance across all stakeholders that nursing practice should be informed by evidence, there is a substantial literature on the challenges this creates for nurses in the delivery of services. These challenges are accentuated for nurses in community settings, where accessible, up-to-date research evidence is more problematic because of the decentralised organisation and delivery of these services. Recognising this gap, and the consequent needs of its members, the Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN) in Ireland has commenced a national strategic development in this area. The purpose of the strategy is to actively support and facilitate public health and community nurses to provide services to individuals, families and communities that are based on the best available research evidence. This article provides a brief overview of the development and key components of the ICHN strategy.

Upcoming National Conferences Planned for 2015

  • RNID Nurses Section Conference, Wednesday, 11 March 2015, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin.
  • Operating Department Nurses Conference, Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 March 2015, The Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick.
  • Care of the Older Person Conference, Tuesday, 21 April 2015, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.
  • Occupational Health Nurses Conference, Wednesday, 20 May 2015, Cork .
 For further information please contact Jean on 01 6640648 or e-mail: 

The Professional Development Centre (PDC)

Phone: 01 664 0642 or 01 664 0641


The Library

 01 664 0614 or 01 6640 625



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