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Chief Nursing Office Strategy Launch February 3rd 2016

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar joined the Chief Nursing Officer Dr Siobhan O’Halloran on February 3rd to launch her office’s Strategy for 2015–2017 along with an initiative on Nursing and Midwifery Values.

The Strategy of the Office of the chief Nursing Officer is to ensure a broad understanding of the role of the CNO’s Office across Government, and its role in developing health policy.

The Strategy sets out the Vision, Mission and Values for the Office. It also highlights the Office’s Strategic Objectives until end 2017, as follows:

  1. To provide expert policy input and direction to support government priorities and to optimise public investment in the health system;
  2. To strengthen the role of nurses and midwives to optimise the scope of practice across the health service;
  3. To enhance the impact of nurses and midwives and demonstrate this through the utilisation of robust data intelligence;
  4. To enable nurses and midwives to serve as full partners in health care design and improvement by enhancing leadership, competency and opportunities.

The success of the Office, at the end of 2017, will be measured in part by the achievement of these objectives.


Chief Nursing Officer Dr Siobhan O’Halloran and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar 

In addition, a communication and consultation initiative to affirm the values that underpin nursing and midwifery practice has been developed. The goal is to ensure that the values of care, compassion, and competence are reinforced in nursing and midwifery practice and culture across all settings. The initiative will involve extensive consultation with stakeholders and will develop a repository of good practice.

This will help the nursing and midwifery professions contribute to a culture of safe patient care.

A copy of the strategy is available on health.gov.ie