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New model of nursing across national boundaries

Ireland's intellectual disability nurses are joining forces with the UK’s learning disability nurses by signing up to the Strengthening the Commitment policy for the future of the profession

Ireland's intellectual disability nurses are joining forces with the UK’s learning disability nurses by signing up to the Strengthening the Commitment (Scottish Government 2012) policy for the future of the profession.

The person behind the move is Ireland’s chief nursing officer (CNO) Siobhan O’Halloran, (pictured) who is committed to getting nurses to work together wherever possible.

Picture credit: Crispin Rodwell

‘One of the things I was keen on when I was appointed as chief nursing officer was joining nurses together, across the north and south of Ireland, and in other ways.

‘When I started engaging with nurses in the UK I realised there are some policies that have already been developed there. So, rather than trying to scope our own policy, I asked the other CNOs if we could engage with the UK policy. It may have to be adapted slightly, but the values base

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