The activities of the National Council during 2010, which are outlined in this Annual Report, highlight another year of progress and achievement. Over the past decade, as we also report, the National Council has been engaged in taking forward its mission of promoting and developing the professional roles of nurses and midwives, in partnership with our stakeholders, in order to support the delivery of quality nursing and midwifery care to patients and clients in a changing healthcare environment.
The National Council has provided leadership in delivering the clinical career pathway for the professions. I note with pleasure that, at the end of 2010, there were 2,249 clinical nurse/midwife specialist and 154 advanced nurse/midwife practitioner posts within the Irish health services.
A further ninety-five advanced nurse/midwife practitioners were accredited or were deemed to have met the National Council’s standards and criteria for accreditation and re-accreditation.
In addition, over 650 education programmes, involving more than 30,000 nurses and midwives, have been funded by the National Council which supported new nursing developments such as the Nursing Leadership Centre, the development of the Cancer Nursing Strategy and the setting up of minor injury clinics in accident and emergency departments and many other nurse-led developments across a wide range of care settings.