Irish Nurses Organisation annual report 2003.
|dc.contributor.author||Irish Nurses Organisation (INO)|
|dc.identifier.citation||Irish Nurses Organisation. 2004. Irish Nurses Organisation annual report 2003. Dublin: Irish Nurses Organisation.||en|
|dc.description||Clare Spillane R.I.P. President, Irish Nurses Organisation 2000-2003 A Tribute from Friends and Colleagues It was with a profound sense of regret, loss and sadness that we all learned of the untimely death of our friend. colleague and President. Clare Spillane. on 29 June 2003. Clare. with whom I had the privilege of working closely for over three years, was a strong and fearless advocate for nurses and midwives and their efforts to maintain quality patient care at all times. Clare was elected President of the INO in May 2000 and was always proud of the fact that she attained this position even though she came from one of the smaller branches in the Organisation - her beloved Carlow Branch. Achieving the Presidency was the culmination of almost 40 years of membership of the INO during which she had assisted in the early days in starting the Athy. Baltinglass and Carlow Branch (affectionately known as the ABC Branch). Upon becoming President, Clare identified five key goals and objectives for her tenure of office. A review of these perfectly illustrates what an effective, efficient, determined and dedicated leader she was for this Organisation. Her first objective was to always speak for nurses and midwives who were working in the frontline, striving to meet the needs of their patients and clients. This she achieved by taking every opportunity to speak out for the resources to ensure best practice and for conditions of employment appropriate for caring professionals. Her second objective was to visit every INO branch and use each opportunity to listen to the needs of the membership nationwide. Within 16 months of becoming President she had visited every branch throughout the 26 counties. Her third objective was to continue the Organisation's growth and she set a target of 30,000 members by 2004. She had tremendous pride in the fact that. just ahead of our Annual Delegate Conference in May 2003, the Organisation was just touching the 30,000 membership threshold. Her fourth objective was to further discussions between the INO and the PNA. on the possible establishment of a new union for all nurses and midwives in Ireland. She had a vision that the individual nurse and midwife, together with their professions, would be greatly assisted by having a single professional trade union speaking fearlessly on their behalf. Once again I am happy to say that those discussions are at an advanced stage and both unions have agreed, in principle, to finalise the discussions and put such proposals out to ballot within the next six months. Her final objective, again in the context of growing the Organisation and developing services for members, was that we would purchase a new, larger headquarters in Dublin, which would allow the Organisation to deliver more and better services. As you will have seen Clare, in her last public act as President on 10 June 2003, just 19 days before she died, formally opened our new headquarters in the Whitworth Building, which we were due to move into in the spring of 2004. 30,000 membership threshold. Liam Doran. General Secretary. INO.||en|
|dc.publisher||Irish Nurses Organisation (INO)||en|
|dc.title||Irish Nurses Organisation annual report 2003.||en|