Press Release

Minister Hanafin announces New Nursing Education Development at St. Michael’s Hospital

Ms Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (Wednesday, 13th December 2000) announced details of a major new nursing education development at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dún Laoghaire.

From next year St. Michael’s Hospital will become involved in the education and training of 40 pre-registration general nursing students annually. Funding of £0.5 million is being provided to enable the Hospital to introduce the General Nursing Registration/Diploma Programme in association with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. When the programme reaches full capacity, St. Michael’s Hospital will have 120 students in training at any given time.

Students who successfully complete the three-year programme will be awarded a Diploma in Nursing Studies and obtain registration as general nurses with An Bord Altranais. The application system for places on the programme is administered by the Central Application Office (CAO).

Minister Hanafin said: ” A key element of the Government’s strategy for addressing the current shortage of nurses is to increase the number of nursing training places nationally. The new development at St. Michael’s Hospital will add a further 40 places to the 300 new places already created this year. This will contribute significantly to the overall number of training places available in Dublin where the shortage of nurses is most acute.”

“This development is a major boost for Dún Laoghaire and the surrounding catchment areas. Its location and accessibility will make St. Michael’s Hospital a highly attractive place to undertake nursing training. I am confident that there will be a large volume of applicants for training places there next year. The presence of nursing diploma students will enhance the status of the Hospital and provide a stimulus to its nursing staff.” concluded Minister Hanafin.