(June 12th 2017) Nurses in cardiology from Tallaght Hospital and Naas General Hospital have won a bursary award for their service innovation at a recent nursing and midwifery conference.
The conference, which showcased nursing and midwifery values in practice in Ireland, was held at Dublin Castle and was hosted collectively by the Chief Nursing Officers at the Department of Health; The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Service Director, Health Service Executive; and the President of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
At the conference, the Nursing and Midwifery Values in Practice: Bursary was awarded to Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RANP) in cardiology from Tallaght Hospital and Naas General Hospital for their service innovation entitled: ‘Connecting cardiology services through advanced nursing practice: nursing values in action.’
The service innovations, which were developed between the two hospitals by the RANPs, provides expert assessment and accelerated access to the most appropriate cardiac investigations in a timely manner. It has led to more equitable patient care despite geographical considerations and utilises the strengths of the RANPs in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.
Speaking about the award, Alice Kinsella, General Manager, Naas General Hospital said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Naas General Hospital and for our patients; moreover, it is a wonderful endorsement of the quality and expertise of our staff. We are always striving to innovate and deliver better patient outcomes and are delighted that our work has been recognised nationally. We will continue to collaborate with other hospitals in the DMHG to deliver on same.”
Jacqueline O’Toole RANP nurse at Naas General Hospital said: “We are delighted to have our collaborative work recognised nationally. We are determined to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. We will continue to work with our colleagues at Tallaght Hospital to strengthen the collaborative nature of our work.”
Catherine Hughes Director of Nursing at Naas General Hospital said “This award highlights the success of this cardiology patient pathway between the two hospitals and acknowledges the RANP’s innovation and focus on quality outcomes for patients.
Áine Lynch, Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital said: “Winning this award is recognition of the core nursing values which underpin the care we provide and evidences collaboration working across the hospital group.”
Shirley Ingram, Cardiology Advanced Nurse Practitioner Tallaght Hospital said: “We are delighted to have our nursing practice recognised nationally. Our priority is to provide patient-centred care. Professional courage is a core advance nursing practice value, without which, this initiative – now in its fourth year – would not have happened.”
Concluding, Dr. Susan O’Reilly, CEO of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group said: “We are committed to seeing our patients receive the best care possible in our hospitals. This award is another example of our hospitals working together to deliver innovative and new healthcare practices. It is this type of collaboration that we should look to enhance over the coming years across other specialities and disciplines. In this way, we can help ensure that our patients continue to be seen in a timely and effective manner.”
The nursing team presented with the award included Jacqueline O’Toole, RANP Cardiology Naas General Hospital, Shirley Ingram RANP and Niamh Kelly RANP in the Cardiology Department at Tallaght Hospital.