Press Release

Minister Martin opens new School of Nursing at DCU

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin T.D., today, Wednesday, 30th June, 2004 opened the new School of Nursing at Dublin City University. This is the first new, purpose-built school of nursing in Ireland.

The blueprint for the rejuvenation of nurse education was drafted back in 1998 by the Commission on Nursing, which recommended the implementation of a Nursing Degree Programme to the Government. The Government expressed its wholehearted commitment to the programme and has provided capital funding of €25 million for the project at Dublin City University.

At full capacity, the new degree programme in DCU will provide for a total student population of 850, and 60 staff members.

This funding was provided to ensure an optimum learning environment for nursing students in DCU through the provision of purpose-built facilities with state of the art clinical skills and human science laboratories, with the new physical structure perfectly supporting the new academic structure.

The Minister stated: “In this era of vast technological progress and rapid social change, an ever wider range of knowledge and skills is required to manage the diverse needs of patients and populations comprehensively, effectively and efficiently. It is imperative that the healthcare system be reformed in light of these emerging social needs to ensure that it is as dynamic and fluid as the society it serves. The health services of the future will therefore require a fresh multi-dimensional approach to the delivery of patient care.”

“I have no doubt that the new educational landscape will ensure that nurses of the future will be increasingly innovative, independent and in demand. The strong message sent out by the new education programme is that ´nursing really matters´”.

The new degree programme offers yet another vital step in the professional development of nursing. It is a further enhancement of the way in which nursing students are prepared for the profession.

Minister´s Speech