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OLCHC praises its nurses for their Care, Compassion and Commitment to Children’s Nursing

OLCHC celebrates International Nurses Day 12 May 2017

Children’s Nurses at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin were recognised today 12 May 2017 for their outstanding contribution in Nursing in the fields of clinical, management, education and life time achievement awards. The annual RCSI nursing excellence award ceremony this year brought a double celebration as this is also International Nurses week.The nurses at OLCHC treat over 120,000 patients annually throughout 39 clinical specialities.  “The nurses are not just good, they are really very good,” said a teenager who attends the hospital, “The nurses at OLCHC always go one step further to help you get better”.

The theme for International Nurses Week this year is “Nursing : A Voice to Lead”.  The children attending the hospital joined in the celebrations this week by participating in an art competition “Draw my Nurse”.  There was also a number of small events daily this week for international Nurses week building up to Friday 12th May. These events included goodie bags and treats as a thank you for their contribution to children’s healthcare in Ireland.  Dr Paul Oslizlok, Chairman of Medical Board and Paediatric Cardiologist at OLCHC delivered a keynote address to mark the occasion at OLCHC where he spoke about the development of paediatric nurses and their invaluable contribution to children’s care over the 60 years of OLCHC’s existence.

Speaking at the event Rachel Kenna Director of Nursing at OLCHC said:

“Nursing is at the heart of children’s care and OLCHC is proud to recognise all the nurses that are part of this amazing team. They have helped to care for the children and families who have attended the hospital over the past 60 years.  Being a child’s nurse is a very specialised career and at OLCHC nurses can avail of so many opportunities and experience in a dynamic learning environment. OLCHC recognises the skill it takes to become a children’s nurse and there are always career opportunities for any nurse who wants to join this team. OLCHC continues to drive a major recruitment campaign to attract nurses from all over the world to come to work at OLCHC.You don not need Childrens nursing experience as we would be delighted to give you the opportunity to train and further develop your skills here at the hospital”.

Chris McMahon, Assistant Director of Nursing at OLCHC received a Life time nurse achievement award for care compassion and commitment to children’s nursing.  Chris worked as a children’s nurse for over 40 years and is an inspiration to us all.

The nurses at OLCHC are dedicated to the hospital’s motto of ‘where children’s health comes first’. There are a large variety of roles for nurses at OLCHC: a nurse may work in one of the over 39 specialities that the hospital offers, or in one of the supporting areas such as theatres, outpatient care, palliative care and research – see careers page www.olchc.ie.

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