ABOUT THE IPNA

A Practice Nurse is a registered nurse/midwife working in general practice who provides professional holistic health care within his/her scope of nursing and midwifery practice, to the practice population.”  –  Irish Practice Nurses Association

ROLE OF THE PRACTICE NURSE

There are approximately 1,800 Practice Nurses in Ireland who are carrying out immunisations, screening, health promotion, phlebotomy, weight management, smoking cessation, women’s health, men’s health, antenatal & postnatal care, wound management, travel vaccinations, cryotherapy, counselling, stress management, ear care, methadone maintenance; management of chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, excema; as well as clinical audits, practice protocols, CPR training, etc.
211 Practice Nurses are accredited as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), 2 have been accredited as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RANP) in Primary Care and 22 Practice Nurses are now Registered Nurse Prescribers (figures correct 2014).

The positive impact of practice nursing on patient care is regularly noted and has been shown in audits and research.

With the Department of Health & Children’s continuing emphasis and strategic plans to move many services out of hospitals and into community settings, Practice Nurses are now being presented with an increasing variety of conditions and patient needs.  Continuing Professional Development enables Practice Nurses to provide evidence-based quality care, is essential before undertaking extended nursing roles and is required by An Bord Altranais (“Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework” April 2000 and “Code of Professional Conduct for each Nurses and Midwife” April 2000).

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Minimum Requirements: As with all nurses in Ireland, registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI – formerly An Bord Altranais) is mandatory in order to practise as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.
In order for the GP employer to avail of the Practice Nurse subsidy, the Practice Nurse must be a Registered General Nurse (RGN).

Additional Qualifications/Competencies

The range of nursing care and extended roles which may be provided by a Practice Nurse is extensive. Each Practice Nurse, like all other nurses, must practise within his/her own Scope of Practice, (see “Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework, 2000”, available from An Bord Altranais and “must take measures to develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice” (Code of Conduct, available from An Bord Altranais).  Therefore, Practice Nurses have a responsibility to ensure that they are suitably qualified and competent to undertake all aspects of their role. The autonomous nature of practice nursing means that issues pertaining to the Scope of Practice require constant reflection and vigilance on the part of the individual nurse.

Any Practice Nurse who practises midwifery must be a Registered Midwife, i.e. on the current Midwives Register of An Bord Altranais. There is also a requirement for a Practice Nurse who practises midwifery to notify their local HSE office (annually in January of each year) of their intention to practise midwifery in the community. For further information, please refer to the An Bord Altranais document “Practice Standards for Midwives”, July 2010.

SOME FACTS ABOUT PRACTICE NURSING IN IRELAND

1,800 Practice Nurses

There are currently 1,800 Practice Nurses working in the Republic of Ireland (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

22 RNP

22 Practice Nurses are now Registered Nurse Prescribers (RNP) and as of May 2014 a further 10 are undertaking the Nurse Prescribing Programme (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

51% DUAL QUALIFIED

51% of IPNA members are dual qualified, i.e. registered on 1 or more An Bord Altranais divisions in addition to the RGN division (Membership Database of the Irish Practice Nurses Association 2008-2010.)

88% update their skills

88% of IPNA members have undertaken post-registration education or skills updates (ranging from certificates to PhDs) in clinical areas that are relevant to Practice Nursing (Membership Database of the Irish Practice Nurses Association 2008-2010.)

2 RANP

2 Practice Nurses are accredited as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RANP) in Primary Care(3) and as of May 2014 a further 4 are candidates for accreditation (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

211 CNS

211 Practice Nurses are accredited as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in Primary Care (National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery, 2010.)

ABOUT THE IRISH PRACTICE NURSE ASSOCIATION

The Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) is a professional membership association of Practice Nurses and was granted Charitable Tax Exemption (CHY 17932) in June 2008.
The main objective of the association is the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland by promoting and assisting nurses in further education programmes and to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on developments in the general Practice Nursing field which will promote the highest standards of care to benefit the community.

From humble beginnings in the early 1990s as a small group of Practice Nurses who decided to meet regularly to share ideas and information, it has expanded steadily and now boasts over 600 Practice Nurse members nationwide, with 21 Branches holding monthly meetings. Each of these monthly Branch meetings includes an educational session on a topic relevant to Practice Nursing, and therefore provides a vital opportunity for Practice Nurses to access Continuing Nurse Education.

The Annual Educational Conference, the bi-monthly journalNursing in General Practiceand the IPNA e-Learning Zone are other forums for members to access education, workshops, the latest research and updates that are specific to Practice Nursing.

Aside from the very much appreciated help from the National Council in hosting our first website, the IPNA has never received any grants or funding from the Department of Health. The growth and successful development of the IPNA can be solely attributed to the hard work of many dedicated Practice Nurses who have given so generously of their own time over the years. The IPNA is also immensely grateful to the many generous sponsors of our branch meetings, Annual Conference and Educational Awards/Bursaries.

CLICK HERE to view a video about the origins of the IPNA

IPNA LOGO

The IPNA logo was designed in 1990 by Kate MacCormack (daughter of Netta Williams – one of the IPNA’s founding members) when she was a 1st year student in the National College of Art & Design.  The four people represent a family and the hand behind them represents the Practice Nurse supporting the family.  The hand also symbolises the “hands-on” clinical nursing care provided by Practice Nurses.

The IPNA logo was trademarked in 2012.

IPNA Timeline

1989

Circular 5/89 from Department of Health announces new subsidy available to GPs to assist with the cost of employing a Practice Nurse.

1990

Practice Nurses, like all nurses, are required by An Bord Altranais to maintain clinical competence. However no specific formal education exists, so Practice Nurses around Ireland start to meet in small groups to share information and source relevant education.
IPNA logo designed by Kate MacCormack (daughter of Netta Williams, a founding member of the IPNA).

1993

6th November, first General Meeting of IPNA.
Proposed Articles of Association discussed.

1994

Inaugural National Executive Committee meeting.
Registration of the name “Irish Practice Nurses Association” with Companies Registration Office.
Articles of Association finalised and signed.

1995

First IPNA Annual Conference & AGM held in Galway.

1996

“Introduction to Practice Nursing” course available in RCSI and continues until 2002.

1997

IPNA members work hard to ensure that Practice Nurses are included in the forthcoming Commission on Nursing. Several Submissions are made.

1998

Commission on Nursing is published by the Dept of Health.
IPNA Wexford Branch formed.

1999

First issue of “Irish Practice Nurse” Journal is published.

2000

IPNA works to ensure that the recommendation of the Commission on Nursing to create Practice Nurse Facilitator posts (which would later be re-titled “Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nurses”) is implementated.

2001

Several Practice Nurses receive CNS grade.

2002

First of 11 Professional Development Coordinator for Practice Nurses posts is filled.

2003

First IPNA website developed and hosted by National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery.

2004

IPNA Conference Coordinator post created for pilot period of 2 years.

2005

1,077 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
First accreditation of a Practice Nurse as ANP in Primary Care.
IPNA Bursary re-introduced.

2006

1,239 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
Employment of part-time IPNA administrator.
Conference Coordinator position created on 3 year fixed term basis.
IPNA Branch Poster Award developed.
Valere Mangan IPNA Loyalty Award developed.
A second Practice Nurse is accredited as ANP in Primary Care.
IPNA works with ICGP to update the publication “The Practice Nurse – a Guide to Nursing in General Practice”.
IPNA, with the support of ProMed, produces the “IPNA Members Resource Pack and Personal Portfolio”.

2007

Employment of part-time membership secretary
1st complete review of Articles of Association with postal vote.
IPNA Clinical Award developed.
Final issue of “Irish Practice Nurse” Journal is published.

2008

1,461 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
First issue of “Nursing in General Practice” Journal is published.
IPNA co-organise the inaugural All-Ireland Nursing in the Community Conference with the ICHN and CPHVA (N.I.)
New independent website designed and posted on the internet.
2nd revision of Articles of Association by postal vote.
IPNA is granted Charitable Tax Exemption by Revenue Commissioners.
Full Membership Survey carried out.

2009

1,519 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
Memberships & Renewals now managed centrally by Membership Secretary.
Development of Research page on IPNA website.
Creation of Membership page on IPNA website, which includes the option to download a Membership Form.

2010

6 Practice Nurses become Registered Nurse Prescribers.

2011

Approx. 1,700 Practice Nurses now working in Ireland.
IPNA Annual Conference 2011 opened up so that all Practice Nurses working in Ireland can now register for the event.

2012

February – Kildare/Carlow Branch divides into two branches to facilitate better access for members in both counties to branch educational meetings.
June – 35,512 visits to this website since its launch in Sept 2008.
July – Video about Benefits of Membership posted on You Tube.
September – 11 IPNA members are now Registered Nurse Prescribers.
October – Criteria for membership changed to include RCNs and RMs. Also Associate Membership made available to previous members who have retired from Practice Nursing or are on a career break.
November – IPNA Logo trademarked.

2013

February – IPNA South Dublin Branch established.
3rd June – A group of members participate in the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon on behalf of the IPNA and in support of the Marie Keating Foundation.
Extensive work undertaken to make online educational modules available to members.

2014

It is estimated that there are now 1,800 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
IPNA e-Learning Zone launched.

2015

IPNA is included on the Charities Regulatory Authority website. New website is launched.

MEMBERSHIP

ABOUT THE IPNA

A Practice Nurse is a registered nurse/midwife working in general practice who provides professional holistic health care within his/her scope of nursing and midwifery practice, to the practice population.”  –  Irish Practice Nurses Association

ROLE OF THE PRACTICE NURSE

There are approximately 1,800 Practice Nurses in Ireland who are carrying out immunisations, screening, health promotion, phlebotomy, weight management, smoking cessation, women’s health, men’s health, antenatal & postnatal care, wound management, travel vaccinations, cryotherapy, counselling, stress management, ear care, methadone maintenance; management of chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, excema; as well as clinical audits, practice protocols, CPR training, etc.
211 Practice Nurses are accredited as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), 2 have been accredited as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RANP) in Primary Care and 22 Practice Nurses are now Registered Nurse Prescribers (figures correct 2014).The positive impact of practice nursing on patient care is regularly noted and has been shown in audits and research.With the Department of Health & Children’s continuing emphasis and strategic plans to move many services out of hospitals and into community settings, Practice Nurses are now being presented with an increasing variety of conditions and patient needs.  Continuing Professional Development enables Practice Nurses to provide evidence-based quality care, is essential before undertaking extended nursing roles and is required by An Bord Altranais (“Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework” April 2000 and “Code of Professional Conduct for each Nurses and Midwife” April 2000).


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QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

Minimum Requirements: As with all nurses in Ireland, registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI – formerly An Bord Altranais) is mandatory in order to practise as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife.
In order for the GP employer to avail of the Practice Nurse subsidy, the Practice Nurse must be a Registered General Nurse (RGN).Additional Qualifications/CompetenciesThe range of nursing care and extended roles which may be provided by a Practice Nurse is extensive. Each Practice Nurse, like all other nurses, must practise within his/her own Scope of Practice, (see “Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework, 2000”, available from An Bord Altranais and “must take measures to develop and maintain the competence necessary for professional practice” (Code of Conduct, available from An Bord Altranais).  Therefore, Practice Nurses have a responsibility to ensure that they are suitably qualified and competent to undertake all aspects of their role. The autonomous nature of practice nursing means that issues pertaining to the Scope of Practice require constant reflection and vigilance on the part of the individual nurse.Any Practice Nurse who practises midwifery must be a Registered Midwife, i.e. on the current Midwives Register of An Bord Altranais. There is also a requirement for a Practice Nurse who practises midwifery to notify their local HSE office (annually in January of each year) of their intention to practise midwifery in the community. For further information, please refer to the An Bord Altranais document “Practice Standards for Midwives”, July 2010.

SOME FACTS ABOUT PRACTICE NURSING IN IRELAND

1,800 Practice Nurses

There are currently 1,800 Practice Nurses working in the Republic of Ireland (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

22 RNP

22 Practice Nurses are now Registered Nurse Prescribers (RNP) and as of May 2014 a further 10 are undertaking the Nurse Prescribing Programme (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

51% DUAL QUALIFIED

51% of IPNA members are dual qualified, i.e. registered on 1 or more An Bord Altranais divisions in addition to the RGN division (Membership Database of the Irish Practice Nurses Association 2008-2010.)

88% update their skills

88% of IPNA members have undertaken post-registration education or skills updates (ranging from certificates to PhDs) in clinical areas that are relevant to Practice Nursing (Membership Database of the Irish Practice Nurses Association 2008-2010.)

2 RANP

2 Practice Nurses are accredited as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners (RANP) in Primary Care(3) and as of May 2014 a further 4 are candidates for accreditation (Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nursing, 2014.)

211 CNS

211 Practice Nurses are accredited as Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) in Primary Care (National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery, 2010.)

ABOUT THE IRISH PRACTICE NURSE ASSOCIATION

The Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) is a professional membership association of Practice Nurses and was granted Charitable Tax Exemption (CHY 17932) in June 2008.
The main objective of the association is the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland by promoting and assisting nurses in further education programmes and to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on developments in the general Practice Nursing field which will promote the highest standards of care to benefit the community.From humble beginnings in the early 1990s as a small group of Practice Nurses who decided to meet regularly to share ideas and information, it has expanded steadily and now boasts over 600 Practice Nurse members nationwide, with 21 Branches holding monthly meetings. Each of these monthly Branch meetings includes an educational session on a topic relevant to Practice Nursing, and therefore provides a vital opportunity for Practice Nurses to access Continuing Nurse Education.The Annual Educational Conference, the bi-monthly journalNursing in General Practiceand the IPNA e-Learning Zone are other forums for members to access education, workshops, the latest research and updates that are specific to Practice Nursing.Aside from the very much appreciated help from the National Council in hosting our first website, the IPNA has never received any grants or funding from the Department of Health. The growth and successful development of the IPNA can be solely attributed to the hard work of many dedicated Practice Nurses who have given so generously of their own time over the years. The IPNA is also immensely grateful to the many generous sponsors of our branch meetings, Annual Conference and Educational Awards/Bursaries.CLICK HERE to view a video about the origins of the IPNA

IPNA LOGO

The IPNA logo was designed in 1990 by Kate MacCormack (daughter of Netta Williams – one of the IPNA’s founding members) when she was a 1st year student in the National College of Art & Design.  The four people represent a family and the hand behind them represents the Practice Nurse supporting the family.  The hand also symbolises the “hands-on” clinical nursing care provided by Practice Nurses.The IPNA logo was trademarked in 2012.

IPNA Timeline

1989

Circular 5/89 from Department of Health announces new subsidy available to GPs to assist with the cost of employing a Practice Nurse.

1990

Practice Nurses, like all nurses, are required by An Bord Altranais to maintain clinical competence. However no specific formal education exists, so Practice Nurses around Ireland start to meet in small groups to share information and source relevant education.
IPNA logo designed by Kate MacCormack (daughter of Netta Williams, a founding member of the IPNA).

1993

6th November, first General Meeting of IPNA.
Proposed Articles of Association discussed.

1994

Inaugural National Executive Committee meeting.
Registration of the name “Irish Practice Nurses Association” with Companies Registration Office.
Articles of Association finalised and signed.

1995

First IPNA Annual Conference & AGM held in Galway.

1996

“Introduction to Practice Nursing” course available in RCSI and continues until 2002.

1997

IPNA members work hard to ensure that Practice Nurses are included in the forthcoming Commission on Nursing. Several Submissions are made.

1998

Commission on Nursing is published by the Dept of Health.
IPNA Wexford Branch formed.

1999

First issue of “Irish Practice Nurse” Journal is published.

2000

IPNA works to ensure that the recommendation of the Commission on Nursing to create Practice Nurse Facilitator posts (which would later be re-titled “Professional Development Coordinators for Practice Nurses”) is implementated.

2001

Several Practice Nurses receive CNS grade.

2002

First of 11 Professional Development Coordinator for Practice Nurses posts is filled.

2003

First IPNA website developed and hosted by National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery.

2004

IPNA Conference Coordinator post created for pilot period of 2 years.

2005

1,077 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
First accreditation of a Practice Nurse as ANP in Primary Care.
IPNA Bursary re-introduced.

2006

1,239 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
Employment of part-time IPNA administrator.
Conference Coordinator position created on 3 year fixed term basis.
IPNA Branch Poster Award developed.
Valere Mangan IPNA Loyalty Award developed.
A second Practice Nurse is accredited as ANP in Primary Care.
IPNA works with ICGP to update the publication “The Practice Nurse – a Guide to Nursing in General Practice”.
IPNA, with the support of ProMed, produces the “IPNA Members Resource Pack and Personal Portfolio”.

2007

Employment of part-time membership secretary
1st complete review of Articles of Association with postal vote.
IPNA Clinical Award developed.
Final issue of “Irish Practice Nurse” Journal is published.

2008

1,461 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
First issue of “Nursing in General Practice” Journal is published.
IPNA co-organise the inaugural All-Ireland Nursing in the Community Conference with the ICHN and CPHVA (N.I.)
New independent website designed and posted on the internet.
2nd revision of Articles of Association by postal vote.
IPNA is granted Charitable Tax Exemption by Revenue Commissioners.
Full Membership Survey carried out.

2009

1,519 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
Memberships & Renewals now managed centrally by Membership Secretary.
Development of Research page on IPNA website.
Creation of Membership page on IPNA website, which includes the option to download a Membership Form.

2010

6 Practice Nurses become Registered Nurse Prescribers.

2011

Approx. 1,700 Practice Nurses now working in Ireland.
IPNA Annual Conference 2011 opened up so that all Practice Nurses working in Ireland can now register for the event.

2012

February – Kildare/Carlow Branch divides into two branches to facilitate better access for members in both counties to branch educational meetings.
June – 35,512 visits to this website since its launch in Sept 2008.
July – Video about Benefits of Membership posted on You Tube.
September – 11 IPNA members are now Registered Nurse Prescribers.
October – Criteria for membership changed to include RCNs and RMs. Also Associate Membership made available to previous members who have retired from Practice Nursing or are on a career break.
November – IPNA Logo trademarked.

2013

February – IPNA South Dublin Branch established.
3rd June – A group of members participate in the Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon on behalf of the IPNA and in support of the Marie Keating Foundation.
Extensive work undertaken to make online educational modules available to members.

2014

It is estimated that there are now 1,800 Practice Nurses working in Ireland.
IPNA e-Learning Zone launched.

2015

IPNA is included on the Charities Regulatory Authority website. New website is launched.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the IPNA is available to nurses on the Active Register of An Bord Altranais, on any one of the following divisions: RGN, RCN, RM, RPHN, and who are currently working in General Practice in the Republic of Ireland.  For more information please see the Membership page of this website.  Alternatively, you can contact Winnie Quigley (part-time Membership Secretary) at mobile: 086-2634917 or e-mail:  membership@irishpracticenurses.ie

BRANCHES OF THE IPNA

Carlow
Cavan/Monaghan
Clare
Cork
Donegal
Galway
Kerry
Kildare
Kilkenny
Limerick/North Tipperary
Louth/Meath
Mayo
Midlands
North Dublin
Roscommon
Sligo/Leitrim
South Dublin
South Tipperary
Waterford
Wexford
Wicklow

IPNA MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS

Information for Practice NursesEach of the 21 branches of the Irish Practice Nurses Association holds at least 6 meetings per year for the local members. Meetings are held on a weeknight and include an educational talk on a subject that is relevant to Practice Nursing today. For information on joining the IPNA please see the Membership Page of this website.Information for IPNA membersInvitations to branch meetings are coordinated by your local branch committee. The Education page of this website also has an area where upcoming branch meetings may be listed.Information for Sponsors of IPNA educational meetingsCompanies/groups who are interested in sponsoring any of the IPNA Branch Educational Meetings can contact the IPNA Administrator at admin@irishpracticenurses.ie for information.IPNA Guidelines regarding Educational Speakers at branch meetingsThe National Executive Committee has written these guidelines in order to:
a) Maintain the highest standards in the provision/facilitation of educational opportunities and clinical updates for its’ Practice Nurse members.
b) Protect the reputation of the IPNA from perceptions or accusations of bias, favouritism or conflicts of interest.
c) Ensure that members receive value for money for their membership fee.GUIDELINES
• The Branch Committee shall select or approve the educational topic and speaker for each branch meeting, regardless of who sponsors the meeting.• Educational topics and speakers may be selected for their relevance to Practice Nursing locally or generally; or to address a specific educational need identified by the branch members.• The representative of the sponsoring company may speak for a maximum of 10 minutes either after or before the educational speaker to promote their product.• If the educational speaker cancels, attempts should be made to find another suitable educational speaker.• If no other speaker can be found at short notice, the business part of the meeting may go ahead but all members should be informed beforehand that the educational speaker has cancelled.• Product branding may be displayed as agreed in advance with the branch committee.Date: 6th May 2009.

IPNA STATEMENT ON WORKING WITH OTHER GROUPS

The Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) is a professional membership body with Charitable Tax Exemption CHY 17932. The main object for which it is established is “the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland by promoting and assisting nurses in further education programmes and to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on developments in the general practice nursing field which will promote the highest standards of care to benefit the community”. All activities aim to encourage and foster the highest standards within Practice Nursing for the benefit of patients and their families.While the IPNA will ‘work positively with other groups and organisations that it deems to be suitably equipped to provide the necessary educational programmes or skills required for the enhancement of Nursing in General Practice’ (Article 4.1a), the IPNA “shall not associate itself with any group whose work is not in keeping with the ethos, aims and objectives of the association”, (Article 4.1b).Therefore, the IPNA will not:a) participate in any project, research, study, steering group, etc that is set up by, or receives funding in any way (either directly or indirectly), from the groups listed below.b) seek or accept sponsorship from the groups listed below.LISTCompanies from the drinks industry.Companies from the tobacco industry.Companies from the fast food industry.Companies from the snacks/sweets industry.Any other company whose work is deemed by the National Executive Committee not to be in keeping with the Aims and Objectives of the Association.

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BRANCHES OF THE IPNA

Carlow
Cavan/Monaghan
Clare
Cork
Donegal
Galway
Kerry
Kildare
Kilkenny
Limerick/North Tipperary
Louth/Meath
Mayo
Midlands
North Dublin
Roscommon
Sligo/Leitrim
South Dublin
South Tipperary
Waterford
Wexford
Wicklow

IPNA MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS

Information for Practice Nurses

Each of the 21 branches of the Irish Practice Nurses Association holds at least 6 meetings per year for the local members. Meetings are held on a weeknight and include an educational talk on a subject that is relevant to Practice Nursing today. For information on joining the IPNA please see the Membership Page of this website.

Information for IPNA members

Invitations to branch meetings are coordinated by your local branch committee. The Education page of this website also has an area where upcoming branch meetings may be listed.

Information for Sponsors of IPNA educational meetings

Companies/groups who are interested in sponsoring any of the IPNA Branch Educational Meetings can contact the IPNA Administrator at admin@irishpracticenurses.ie for information.

IPNA Guidelines regarding Educational Speakers at branch meetings

The National Executive Committee has written these guidelines in order to:
a) Maintain the highest standards in the provision/facilitation of educational opportunities and clinical updates for its’ Practice Nurse members.
b) Protect the reputation of the IPNA from perceptions or accusations of bias, favouritism or conflicts of interest.
c) Ensure that members receive value for money for their membership fee.

GUIDELINES
• The Branch Committee shall select or approve the educational topic and speaker for each branch meeting, regardless of who sponsors the meeting.

• Educational topics and speakers may be selected for their relevance to Practice Nursing locally or generally; or to address a specific educational need identified by the branch members.

• The representative of the sponsoring company may speak for a maximum of 10 minutes either after or before the educational speaker to promote their product.

• If the educational speaker cancels, attempts should be made to find another suitable educational speaker.

• If no other speaker can be found at short notice, the business part of the meeting may go ahead but all members should be informed beforehand that the educational speaker has cancelled.

• Product branding may be displayed as agreed in advance with the branch committee.

Date: 6th May 2009.

IPNA STATEMENT ON WORKING WITH OTHER GROUPS

The Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) is a professional membership body with Charitable Tax Exemption CHY 17932. The main object for which it is established is “the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland by promoting and assisting nurses in further education programmes and to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on developments in the general practice nursing field which will promote the highest standards of care to benefit the community”. All activities aim to encourage and foster the highest standards within Practice Nursing for the benefit of patients and their families.

While the IPNA will ‘work positively with other groups and organisations that it deems to be suitably equipped to provide the necessary educational programmes or skills required for the enhancement of Nursing in General Practice’ (Article 4.1a), the IPNA “shall not associate itself with any group whose work is not in keeping with the ethos, aims and objectives of the association”, (Article 4.1b).Therefore, the IPNA will not:

a) participate in any project, research, study, steering group, etc that is set up by, or receives funding in any way (either directly or indirectly), from the groups listed below.

b) seek or accept sponsorship from the groups listed below.

LIST

Companies from the drinks industry.

Companies from the tobacco industry.

Companies from the fast food industry.

Companies from the snacks/sweets industry.

Any other company whose work is deemed by the National Executive Committee not to be in keeping with the Aims and Objectives of the Association.