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Chief nursing officer for Ireland aims to ‘bring nurses together’

When Ireland's chief nursing officer (CNO) Siobhan O’Halloran was appointed to her post two years ago this month, she was determined to join nurses together, not just between the different nursing branches but geographically too

When Ireland's chief nursing officer (CNO) Siobhan O’Halloran was appointed to her post two years ago this month, she was determined to join nurses together, not just between the different nursing branches but geographically too.

One of the first things she did was to start working with Charlotte McArdle, her Northern Ireland counterpart, to organise an all-Ireland nursing conference, held in Dublin last December. She used the conference to bring together health ministers from Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the four UK CNOs.

Dr O’Halloran says. ‘There is huge strength in nursing and there is a lot of leverage that can be brought to bear if you bring nurses together.’

Ireland’s chief nursing officer Siobhan O’Halloran Picture credit: Crispin Rodwell

Ireland’s health services face similar problems to those across the UK and the solutions needed are similar too. As an

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