Welcome to the digital Professional Communication Platform for Nursing & Midwifery across Northern Ireland.
As Chief Nursing Officer, I wanted to provide a digital space where I could share information with everyone working in nursing and midwifery including sharing news, stories and good practice.
The purpose of this platform is to host, in one place, web-links to information which is essential to keep you up-to-date during this COVID-19 response. This platform is designed to complement all the other updates you get, for example, from your employer, professional bodies, professional regulator, unions.
Thank you to each and every Nurse, Midwife, Nursing Assistant, Maternity Support Worker, Nursing and Midwifery Student for your dedication, professionalism, positivity and courage. Your contribution is highly valued by us all, those serving at the highest level of government, your multidisciplinary colleagues and most importantly, the patients, families and the communities for whom you provide care and services.
Letter from CNO, thanking every student for the valuable contribution they make to the delivery of safe and effective care.
Document providing supporting information for students regarding returning to their normal studies.
Northern Ireland Executive's five-stage plan for easing the COVID-19 lockdown published on 12 May 2020
Below are links to important information and updates:
|Department of Health – COVID-19 Updates|
|Public Health Agency – COVID-19 Updates|
Rapid Learning Initiative with Care Homes is underway with the following four work streams
- The experience of residents, their families and staff in Care Homes
- Symptom monitoring and intervention and care planning
- Infection Prevention Control
- Physical distancing of residents
First edition of the Nursing Now Northern Ireland –2020 International Year of The Nurse and The Midwife newsletter highlighting the significant contribution that Nurses and Midwives are making to the health and wellbeing of the people of NI and an opportunity to play video clips from:
- Launch International Year of the Nurse and The Midwife
- International Midwives Day
- International Nurses day
- Article by Dr Billy Rosa promoting the role of Palliative Care Nurses during COVID-19
- British Journal of Nursing marked International Nurses Day (12 May 2020) with an article by Prof Charlotte McArdle and the other three UK CNOs. View the article
- Nuala McKeever interviewing Prof Charlotte McArdle on 13 May 2020. Hear the audio clip
CNO chats with Nuala McKeever about Florence Nightingale’s pioneering work in infection control and its relevance to modern day nursing.
- Florence Nightingale – Nursing and Midwifery 200 Years digital exhibition in the National Museums of Northern Ireland. View the video
- Nursing Now is facilitating the global sharing of support for the nursing and midwifery communities by launching its Poetry Portal where people can share expressions of thanks, support, share emotions and come together through the medium of art. We are living through extraordinary times and the nursing and midwifery family are facing unprecedented challenges. It is paramount that frontline health workers are encouraged to share their emotions, as well as their experiences as a way to process the often traumatic situations they are faced with on a daily basis. To read poems or share your own, click here
For some inspiration:
- Minister commends nursing students & midwifery students
- Letter from CNO, thanking every student for the valuable contribution they make to the delivery of safe and effective care.
- Document providing supporting information for students regarding returning to their normal studies.
- Chief Nursing Officer’s letter to Universities promoting the new booklet for Final Year Nursing and Midwifery Students
- Booklet for Northern Ireland’s final year nursing and midwifery students in the last six months of their studies
- OSCE Centres have re-opened for bookings from 2 July 2020.
- Visit Ulster University site to find out more. Listen to this candidate briefing before attending the OSCE centre at it has specific information relevant to the required social distancing.
- NMC student statement
- In this statement the NMC explains why there is no longer a need to establish a specific student part of the temporary register for nursing students.
- COVID-19 Deployment guidance for Nursing and Midwifery Students on the final six months of their programme
- COVID-19 Student Supervision & Assessment Roles
- COVID-19 supervision and support students in clinical placement fact sheet
|General Practice Nursing|
- Online Webinars for nurses working in General Practice
General Practice Nursing – Network webinar 7 September 2020, 18.30-20.30 – sign up here
Are you interested in a career in General Practice Nursing – View the Career Pathway
The General Practice Nurse Course is being offered by Ulster University, Jordanstown and commences in September 2020 until June 2021. Hear more about the course from Course Director Evelyn Walton, view video clip
- Take a virtual tour through the Ulster museum to view the “200 years of Nursing & Midwifery exhibition” celebrating nursing and midwifery through the ages
- Respiratory Competence Assessment Tools (R-Cat Revised March 2020)
- Delegation Framework for Nursing and Midwifery
- Free online Portfolio
Hear from Learning Disabilities Nurses in Southern & Western HSC Trusts how they have cared for their clients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Julie Anne Colvin Southern HSC Trust, Learning Disabilities Health Facilitator Nurse. View video
- Clionagh McElhinney, Western HSC Trust, Acute Liaison Nurse for Learning Disabilities. View video
Evelyn Walton, Lecturer Ulster University & Course Director for the General Practice Nursing Programmes. View video clip
Evelyn provides an update on the new General Practice Nursing Course commencing in September 2020 at Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus.
- Karen Edwards, Nurse Manager, Phoenix Clinic, Newtownards. View Karen’s Story
Karen Edwards tells her story of how she and her staff have continued to care for the residents in Phoenix Clinic during the Corona Virus pandemic.
- “Nursing Northern Ireland and the world to health & wellbeing”. View the video
This video was made to celebrate International Nurses day on 12 May 2020.
- Dr Patricia Gillen & Paula McFadden, Ulster University & Southern HSC Trust. View the video
- District Nursing Team Leader Liz McCormick, South Eastern Trust. View the video
Liz tells her story about helping her nursing colleagues and caring for residents in one of the Nursing Homes in South Eastern Trust. Chief Nursing Officer Charlotte McArdle encourages other Nurses to consider undertaking this opportunity.
- Dr Dale Spence Midwifery Officer DoH, Alana Divito, Midwife, Northern HSC Trust & Annette, mum-to-be. View the video
Advice for mums about maternity services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alana is a participant on the Nightingale Challenge 2020 Global Leadership Development Programme.
- Midwives Mobilising the World to Health and Well-being. View the video
Some of those celebrating the International Day of the Midwife 2020 with Northern Ireland Midwives are, Prof. Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Dale Spence Midwifery Officer, Health Minister Robin Swann, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General & Fran McConville, Midwife WHO and Ciara Close, Student Midwife.
- Mary Frances McManus, Nursing Officer, Department of Health & Marie Canavan, School Nurse, Belfast Trust. View the video
Advice for staff and pupils in schools in relation to good hygiene, social distancing and what to do if presenting with signs & symptoms of COVID-19.
- Chief Nursing Officer, Charlotte McArdle and Ashleigh Pullins, District Nurse, Northern HSC Trust. View the video
A demonstration from Ashleigh on what patients can expect when being visited by District Nursing services in their own homes. Ashleigh is a participant on the Nightingale Challenge 2020 Global Leadership Development Programme.
|Professor Charlotte McArdle
Chief Nursing Officer
Department of Health