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INMO hosts international speakers in campaign for safe nursing levels
Press Release 12.9.18


Workforce Planning Symposium
The INMO is hosting a symposium on safe nurse staffing in Dublin on Thursday 13th September to discuss how best to tackle understaffing in the health service and the resulting overcrowding.
The event will hear from international speakers on enshrining minimum nursing levels in law, including:
  • Donna Kelly-Williams: President, Massachusetts Nurses Association, leading a campaign for legally-binding safe staffing;
  • Joanna Doyle: NHS Wales, home of the first nurse staffing legislation;
  • Prof. Christine Duffield: UT Sydney, an expert on the impact of nursing skills and workload on patients.
The symposium comes after a record-busting August for overcrowding in Irish hospitals, where 8,000 people were forced to wait on trolleys for care. 
From Ireland, the conference will also hear from:
  • Mary Heffernan, nurse, and manager of a safe staffing pilot ward in Beaumont Hospital
  • Rachel McKenna, Deputy Chief Nurse, Department of Health
  • Prof. Jonathan Drennan, UCC expert on safe staffing levels
  • Dr. Conor Keegan, ESRI
  • Dr. Tom Healy, Nevin Economic Research Institute
INMO Head of Education Steve Pitman, who will also be speaking at the symposium, said:
“Whether you talk to academics or patients, the message is clear: nurses save lives and are vital for a safe, cost-effective health service.
“We see dangerous understaffing and too many unfilled vacancies in hospitals across Ireland. This symposium will help make the case for why it’s so important that we get a properly staffed health service.”
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