Department of Nursing and Healthcare Welcomes Finnish Delegation

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Finnish Delegation from Saimaa University

Finnish Delegation from Saimaa University

he Department of Nursing and Healthcare were delighted to host a study visit for a delegation from the Faculty of Health Care and Social Services, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SUAS), Lappeenranta Finland, which further strengthens their ongoing collaboration. The delegation, comprised of nursing lecturers, accompanied by 18 registered nurses from the South Karelia Social and Health Care District of Finland.

Finnish Delegation from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences visits WIT from 18th -20th November, 2014

The Department of Nursing and Healthcare were delighted to host a study visit for a delegation from the Faculty of Health Care and Social Services, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (SUAS), Lappeenranta Finland, which further strengthens their ongoing collaboration. The delegation, comprised of nursing lecturers, accompanied by 18 registered nurses from the South Karelia Social and Health Care District of Finland.

The purpose of the visit was to learn about the Irish model of nurse, midwife medicinal product prescribing and gain an understanding of the benefits and challenges that this expanded scope of practice presents. As part of the study visit, a number of presentations were facilitated by academic staff and clinical practitioners on topics including educational structures, legislation, professional regulation, implementation model, impacts on patient care and service delivery as well as governance structures.

Guest speakers included Ms Clare MacGabhann, Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Prescribing), Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, Health Service Executive and Ms Una O’Brien, Nurse Practice Development Coordinator/Prescribing Site Coordinator, University Hospital Waterford (UHW).  We also had input from Registered Nurse Prescribers Ms Berna Breen, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department and Ms Niamh Molloy, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management, UHW, highlighting how their expanded role in medicinal prescribing is positively impacting patient care.

The visiting academics also had the opportunity to visit Waterford University Hospital and South Tipperary General Hospital.

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