HSE marks International Nurses Day 2021 #IND2021

HSE Press Release: Wednesday 12th May 2021

Today, (Wednesday, 12th May), the HSE marks International Nurses Day 2021 (#IND2021), the theme of which is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare. #IND2021 will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will impact the future delivery of healthcare.

In Ireland, the event will be celebrated throughout the HSE and the critical role of nurses is being marked with video messages from the Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (HSE), the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer (Department of Health) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Nurses are frontline clinicians in healthcare services and will play an integral role in shaping the future of healthcare. Registered nurses across all divisions use their professional knowledge and skills to promote health, prevent illness and provide nursing care for people of all ages, sick or well and in all settings across the community and in hospitals.

In a video to mark #IND2021, Fidelma Hackett, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology Centre, UL Hospital Group, describes how fulfilling her role is: “I really enjoy being a Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have direct patient contact every day. I advise, support and educate patients from the time of their diagnosis, throughout their treatment and at the end of treatment in the clinic visits.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the vital role that nurses play in delivering the HSE values of Care, Compassion and Trust in the provision of safe, person-centred care. It is important to acknowledge the commitment and dedication demonstrated by nurses and all healthcare staff in the fight against this pandemic.

Dr Geraldine Shaw, HSE Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services Director acknowledges “the professionalism and ongoing contribution from nurses and student nurses to the delivery of healthcare in Ireland and specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

“Our health system needs more nurses and there are many job opportunities to work with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings in hospitals and in the community, and in areas including mental health and intellectual disability services. As we battle the COVID-19 pandemic and face significant structural changes in healthcare in Ireland through Sláintecare, there are considerable opportunities for future careers in nursing within the healthcare services.

“One of the exciting aspects of nursing is the career pathways available for consideration in terms of clinical, management, education and research.

“It has never been more important to highlight what our magnificent profession has achieved, not only during the pandemic but also on a daily basis in making a difference in people’s lives.”


Last updated on: 12 / 05 / 2021