Re-affirming core nursing and midwifery values

A symbol has been created which denotes the values of nursing and midwifery in Ireland.

The Celtic symbol of the Trinity knot represents the infinity and eternity of compassion, care and commitment as core values underpinning the professional practice of nursing and midwifery in Ireland. The symbol contains no beginning or end but the intertwined connection and dependence of the values to each other. Embraced within the Trinity knot is a heart that denotes health and care.

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.

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

The Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health; the Director of the Nursing and Midwifery Services, Health Service Executive; and the President of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland have committed to holding a joint annual conference to celebrate the Values of Compassion, Care and Commitment.

The first Nursing and Midwifery Values Conference took place in Farmleigh House, Dublin on Wednesday 1 June 2016, entitled Re-affirming Nursing and Midwifery Values.

The second Nursing and Midwifery Values in Practice Conference took place in Dublin Castle on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

The third Nursing and Midwifery Values in Practice Conference took place in Dublin Castle on Wednesday 9 May 2018.