CUH Nurse accredited as Ireland's first Advances Colorectal Nurse Practitioner

A nurse in Cork University Hospital (CUH) has been accredited as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in colorectal nursing; a first for the nursing profession in Ireland.

Anne Murphy, Coloproctology Clinical Nurse Specialist received her accreditation from the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.

The first such post in Ireland, it encompasses developing services and interventions in the diagnostic and therapeutic arena of colorectal cancer, advocating healthy lifestyle choices for patients/clients, their families and carers within agreed local practice guidelines to ensure patient safety.

Anne is the only nursing member on the national Expert Advisory Group for colorectal cancer screening which must make recommendations to the government on the implementation of the colorectal cancer screening programme.  Anne was also recently nominated to participate in a group developing national referral documentation for individuals with a high risk and/or family history of colorectal cancer. 

Commenting on her accreditation as an advanced nurse practitioner, Anne said, “Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ireland and is often seen as the ‘Cinderella’ of malignant conditions despite being more common that many other well known cancers. This type of cancer is on the increase and as professionals working in the field, we need to ensure we are ready to meet the challenges ahead. Raising the awareness of this condition is critical if we are to encourage people to seek help at an early stage”.

Ms Murphy has specialised in the field of colorectal nursing at CUH for 12 years. Anne completed an MSc in Nursing Science at the University of Manchester, a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing from UCD as well as Nurse Prescribing training in preparation for the role.

Director of Nursing & Midwifery at CUH, Geraldine Keohane said, “The role of specialist nurses is essential for patient care.  All my colleagues in CUH are proud of Anne’s achievement and congratulate her on this significant accomplishment”.

Last updated on: 10 / 10 / 2008