Values of Nursing and Midwifery

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The Values 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).

A national consultation process asked nurses and midwives to identify, agree and commit to a set of core values that underpin their practice in Ireland. This extensive consultation process identified and agreed Compassion, Care and Commitment as the three core values.

The HSE and the NMBI are committed to supporting nurses and midwives to display and sustain these values in practice through employment and managerial processes, education programmes, standards of care and regulatory processes.

A position paper was launched by Minister for Health Simon Harris on 1st June in Farmleigh House and video of the event is below.  The position paper sets out the core values and the behaviours that nurses and midwives in Ireland have identified.  It also outlines a framework for supporting nurses and midwives to sustain and renew these values.

This is the first in a series of position papers to be developed by the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer. This paper, developed in collaboration with the HSE and the NMBI, describes the core values underpinning practice as determined by nurses and midwives in Ireland.  

Position Paper One Values for Nurses and Midwives in Ireland, June 2016

Values for Nurses and Midwives in Ireland Department of Health Pamphlet June 2016