HSE Marks International Nurses’ Day 2022

#IND2022  #HereForLife

Today, (Thursday, 12th May), the HSE marks International Nurses’ Day 2022 (#IND2022), the theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Invest in Nursing and Respect Rights to Secure Global Health. This theme focuses on the need to invest in nursing in order to build resilient, high quality health systems to meet the needs of individuals and communities now and into the future.

In Ireland, the event will be celebrated throughout the HSE and the critical role of nurses is being marked with a live webinar 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. Key senior leaders will present their messages for nurses and a panel of representatives from all disciplines of nursing will discuss their roles and how they contribute to the care of service users as health care professionals. It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from front line nursing professionals as they share their experiences.

Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Rachel Kenna said: “Nurses contribute significantly to all areas of our health service, their expertise supports the delivery of high quality effective care for service users nationally. Nurses have played a vital role in the HSE response to the pandemic over the past two years through the ongoing delivery of care, supporting the establishment of vaccination centres and adapting to meet the needs of service users throughout the crisis. Today, International Nurses Day, provides an opportunity to acknowledge the commitment and dedication demonstrated by nurses and all healthcare staff in the fight against the pandemic. Moreover, as we emerge from the pandemic we recognise the professionalism and tenacity of our nursing staff who play a critical role in planning the vision and the delivery of future healthcare services in Ireland.”

Dr Geraldine Shaw, HSE Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services Director acknowledged: “the professionalism and ongoing contribution from nurses and student nurses to the delivery of healthcare in Ireland and specifically over the last two years 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 continue to emerge from 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, research, strategy, policy and regulation.’’

“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.”

Today, the #Here for Life campaign also brings together Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs) in Ireland and the UK together with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation to develop a communication framework for nurses and midwives. The idea behind the framework is to promote the professionalism and expertise of nursing staff to the public and to highlight the lesser known aspects of nursing roles, including mentoring and professional development. The campaign will take place across UK and Ireland on the 12th May.  


Last updated on: 12 / 05 / 2022