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Child & Family Nursing Conference 2017

27 April 2017

*Presentations now available to download below*

The 9thChild & Family Nursing Conference was hosted in CUH on Tuesday, 4th April 2017. The conference attracted a large audience including nurses and allied health professionals working with children and their families nationally, - hailing from Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Kerry, Cork and Cork City. The day provided valuable opportunity for networking between representatives from acute hospitals, community and public health settings, intellectual disability, mental health, education and university circles.

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Ms. Helen Cahalane, Deputy Director of Nursing in CUH opened the conference with a warm welcome address. All invited speakers were selected on the basis of their expertise related to children’s nursing. Speakers included a prominent Evidence Based Practice expert, Professor Kader Parahoo. Prof Parahoo currently holds a position in the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, Faculty of Life and Health sciences, University of Ulster as Professor in Nursing and Health Research. Apart from publishing extensively in nursing and other journals, he is the author of “Nursing Research: Principles, process and issues”.

Guest speakers also included Mr. John Murray, NMBI Vice President and Dr. Mary Doolan, NMBI Education officer. Their joint presentation clearly articulated the core values underpinning and guiding the practice of nursing and midwifery in Ireland. The commitment of the HSE and the NMBI to supporting nurses and midwives to display and sustain these values in practice through employment, managerial processes, education programmes, standards of care and regulatory processes were outlined in their presentation.

guest speakers

Ms. Stephanie Lawrence & Ms. Bebhinn O'Sullivan (Conference committee), Ms. Loretto Grogan (National Metrics Lead), Dr. Mary Doolan & Mr. John Murray (NMBI) & Ms. Stephanie Mulcair (CUH)

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A range of presentations were included : Evidence – based practice: misconceptions and challenges; Nursing Values – NMBI; Contemporary Developments in Diabetes Management; Insulin Pumps; Carb Counting; Nursing and Midwifery Quality Care-Metrics – Childrens Services Metrics; Immunization Schedule; What Drugs are we dealing with?; Managing Eating Disorders; Local Practice Development Initiative; Nursing and Psychosocial Care of adolescents with eating disorders. This informative and enjoyable day was closed by a personal and very inspiring insight into a personal journey of an eating disorder.


CUH organising committee would like to thank all involved in helping to make the day a great success, including attendees and in particular the presenters, and the Nursing & Midwifery Planning Development Unit (Cork/Kerry) for their support.


Poster Competition

Poster presentations on the day provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to view initiatives incorporating Evidence Based Practice. The winning poster was awarded to Louise Farren, Niamh Walsh and Patricia Harte & M. Fitzpatrick  from Sligo Regional Hospital. Their poster was titled: Clinical Audit on Parent/ Patient Perceived Knowledge of Asthma Management.

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Ms. Liz Lynch (Conference Committee) presents the award for the winning poster 

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Dr. Sara McDevitt, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Eist Linn


Presentations are now available to download below.