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INMO awards prizes to outstanding members at Annual Delegates’ Conference
press release 06/05/22

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has today (Friday) awarded its annual prizes to members who have made outstanding contributions.

The prizes were announced at the INMO’s annual delegate’s conference in Sligo, its first to be held in-person since the start of the pandemic.

This year’s winners:

  • The Gobnait O’Connell award for exceptional contributions to the nurses and midwives’ union was awarded to staff nurse at St James’ Hospital, Dublin, Jo Tully.
  • The CJ Coleman research award to nurse Dr. Mary Costello, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner conducting research in Tissue Viability and Lymphoedema Care, for her research project looking at the impact of complex decongestive therapy on the lives of patients with non- cancer related lower limb lymphoedema.
  • The INMO’s annual Preceptor of the Year award for outstanding mentorship in nursing and midwifery was won by staff nurse Cathy Maguire of The Cope Foundation, nominated by Erin Walsh.

INMO President and Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Beaumont Hospital, Karen McGowan said:

“It is so inspiring to see nurses and midwives continue to push their professions forward through innovation and activism year after year. It’s also wonderful to see our members participating in our in-person conference this year after two years apart.

“I’m so grateful to INMO members for their active participation in the union throughout the pandemic while continuing their outstanding commitment to their work and their patients. 

“Our conference is always an important milestone for the organisation, and I am very grateful for this opportunity to recognise the contributions of our incredible colleagues.”



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