Values of Nursing and Midwifery

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.

Values are ingrained principles that guide the actions of nurses and midwives. A Position Paper was launched by Minister for Health, Simon Harris on 1st June 2016 in Farmleigh House. The purpose of this Position Paper is to clearly articulate the core values underpinning and guiding the practice of nursing and midwifery in Ireland. This joint initiative led, by the Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health with the President of the NMBI and Director of the Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services in the HSE identified the values that serve as the cornerstones of nursing and midwifery practice in Ireland.

These values and their associated behaviours are the very essence of nursing and midwifery practice and form the basis for professional decision-making and actions. Taken together, these values represent the unique contribution of nursing and midwifery to safe patient care. The HSE and the NMBI are committed to supporting nurses and midwives to practise these values. The values are endorsed and supported by the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer.

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