9th December 2016: Tallaght Hospital is celebrating the graduation of its 85 nursing students, with all graduates from the 2016 class who trained at Tallaght being offered permanent positions, enhancing patient care. The graduation took place at a ceremony on Thursday, December 8th.
Six winners for the Clinical Lecturer in Nursing Award were also announced on the day, these included: Suzanne Foxton, CNM2 Emergency Department; Sheila Wall, CNM1 Recovery; Niamh Eagle, Staff Nurse Ruttle Ward; Larry Untoy, Staff Nurse Lane Ward; Emma Nolan, Staff Nurse Oak Ward and Michelle Crummy, CNM2 Maple Ward.
The Recruitment and Retention Package, which aims to support the ongoing development of all of the staff within Tallaght Hospital, was devised by Nurse Practice Development in 2015. The package includes interview skills workshops, a bespoke induction programme, a clinical skills workshop, access to the Centre of Learning & Development, career coaching, a buddy system, staffing in the area of choice and monthly meetings for the Newly Qualified Nurses to reflect and share their experiences on the wards, the hospital is also supporting the newly registered nurses to assist with the transition to their new roles with a Clinical Facilitator for a three month period.
Speaking at the graduation Hilary Daly, Director of Nursing said: “Nurses are an integral part of the care we provide for patients at Tallaght Hospital the accountability and responsibility that nurses hold in their positions of care of patients was emphasised at the graduation. The relationship nurses have with their patients should be cherished, nurtured and respected it is a lifelong commitment. With regard to recruitment at Tallaght Hospital we are committed to retaining our student staff nurses by offering them career opportunities within the hospital as part of the Recruitment and Retention Package – in this we offer our staff opportunities for continued learning and opportunities to develop their careers with us. The success of this programme is a testament to the level of work being undertaken in this area at Tallaght Hospital.”
About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric beds, a staff of 2,600 people and an annual gross budget in excess of €0.25bn. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.
Tallaght Hospital is a major teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in nursing, health and social care, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. The Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.
A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght Hospital as part of the New Children’s Hospital project and will be a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.
The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 45,551 Adult Attendances and 32,272 Paediatric Attendances in 2015. A further 206,169 patients were treated through the Hospital’s outpatient clinics in 2015. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.