Values in Nursing and Midwifery

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What is the Values Initiative?
The Values Initiative is a process to consult on, identify, agree and commit to a set of nursing and midwifery values that underpin practice in Ireland. The Initiative is led by the Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, in partnership with the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) HSE, and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The purpose, rationale, context, and outcomes of the project are set out in the Concept Note.

Regional Consultations on Values in Nursing and Midwifery
Consultation with nurses and midwives is central to this initiative and a series of meetings have been organised around the country during the first part of this year.

These will be interactive sessions which will:

  • explore the meaning and importance of values;
  • identify and agree a set of values. Care, compassion and competence will be presented as possibilities for consideration;
  • consider how values can be supported and measured in practice; and
  • collect exemplars of the values in practice.

See invitation for more information on when and where such consultations will be held.

Join the conversation
There are many other ways to engage with this initiative.

  • Complete our survey on core values in nursing and midwifery
  • Join us at our Reaffirming the Values of Nursing and Midwifery Conference on the 1st June 2016 in Farmleigh House (Check back in early April for details on booking places etc.)
  • Share an example of good nursing or midwifery practice, which you believe shows the values in action, with us. Please send examples to We would encourage anyone who would like to share an example of good practice at our Conference to let us know by getting in contact with us at the above email address or talking to us in person if attending a regional town hall meeting
  • Join the conversation on Twitter using #NMvalues