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# Nurses

# Assaults
At least 10 assaults on Irish hospital staff each day, committee to be told
The Oireachtas Health Committee will focus on assaults and attacks on healthcare workers.
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January 2023
# Hospitals
'Not acceptable' that people are dying due to overcrowding, says INMO
The former head of the HSE also stated today that overcrowding has become a permanent feature of the healthcare system.
Last year
2022
# Covid-19
Taoiseach asks HSE to 'deploy all available resources' in response to respiratory viruses surge
Frontline healthcare workers ‘feel that they have been abandoned to a situation that was avoidable,’ the INMO’s general secretary said.
Taoiseach has said that HSE must deploy all available resources to combat virus surge.
HSE said they're seeing more people currently in hospital with Covid-19 than had been expected.
# Pay deal
Student nurses and midwives to get extra accommodation, meal and uniform allowances
Two additional uniforms for student nurses and midwives will also be provided at the start of their internship.
# rmt union
UK minister says deals to match inflation are unaffordable as nursing and rail strike loom
British Transport Secretary Mark Harper said there ‘simply isn’t the money’.
# INMO
Nurses working in ‘horrendous’ conditions as 100,000 patients left on trolleys
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation warned that workers are ‘stretched to the limit, with staff shortages reported across the country.
# INMO
Nurses and midwives' union to ballot members on industrial action
INMO has pointed to persistent inflation and the rising cost of living as sources of strain for members.
# Overcrowding
Nurses warn of winter 'twindemic' if overcrowding in hospitals is not addressed
The INMO said that the number of patients without a bed last month was up 52% on the previous year.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Out of here
Why we emigrated: Irish healthcare professionals on what pushed them to leave
“I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name.”
The problem is not unique to Ireland but there are a lot of push factors in the Irish healthcare system, according to staff
The situation is radically different in other countries, say nurses, doctors and physios who have left Ireland
" I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name."
# Nurses
'Disappointing' to have no nursing or midwifery member on new Covid advisory group, INMO says
The Department of Health yesterday confirmed the details of the new Covid-19 Advisory Group that will include members such as Professor Luke O’Neill.
# St Vincent's Hospital
Nurses at psychiatric hospital 'furious' as pay issues leave them hundreds of euro out of pocket
The union representing nurses said there have been issues since Christmas.
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# new guidelines
Hospitals to require visitors to show proof of Covid vaccination or immunity from Monday
Frontline staff have welcomed the change, saying it was “ridiculous” that people had to show a Covid cert to enter a café but not an ICU.
# on the frontline
INMO members to protest outside Connolly Hospital today over continued unsafe working conditions
The protest is due to take place at the main entrance of the hospital at 1pm today.
# Emergency Departments
3 in 4 staff in country's two largest EDs showed signs of burnout during pandemic, study finds
The study was conducted by researchers at University College Cork.
# Intensive care
INMO calls for services at St Vincent's ICU to be 'curtailed until unit is adequately staffed'
Nurses have to use a baby monitor to watch certain patients due to staff shortages, The Journal reported earlier today.
# Nurses
Nine in 10 nurses and midwives feel mentally exhausted as result of Covid-19 pandemic
That’s according to new research by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
# on the frontline
Staff shortages force ICU nurses at St Vincent's Hospital to watch patients with baby monitor
The ICU is at “breaking point”, nurses say.
The ICU is at "breaking point" with a few "near misses" in recent months, Órla Ryan reports
Nurses say they have been forced to use a baby monitor to watch certain patients due to staff shortages
"The pandemic broke us ... It was horrendous, some of the shifts we put in were indescribable."
'Exhausted' ICU nurses at St Vincent's say safety concerns they raised months ago have not been addressed
# Protest
Mullingar hospital nurses protest over understaffing and workload
The INMO says Mullingar is facing 50 unfilled nursing shifts over the coming fortnight.
# Hospitals
Bonus for healthcare staff for their work during the pandemic being 'actively considered'
The Taoiseach did not say if it will be a monetary bonus or additional leave, but said the public expendture minister is looking at all options.
# annie hoey
'Step up to the plate and do the right thing': Bill on student nurses' pay due before Seanad
The government is expected to pass the bill in order to send it “into the ether”.
# student nurses
'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words
A number of nurses contacted the Health Minister following a Dáil debate over pay in December.
# student nurses
'She doesn't get paid for that': Dáil told of student nurse whose patient's toe 'came off in his sock'
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has been accused of gaslighting student nurses.
# covid19
'The system is overloaded': Nurses call for upgraded PPE and fully nationalised private hospital capacity
The INMO has also suggested a partial reopening of schools to take the pressure of healthcare workers with school-aged children.
# svuh
'Exhausted' ICU nurses at St Vincent's say safety concerns they raised months ago have not been addressed
Nurses have expressed frustration over shower and sink facilities, as well as not being prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine.
# Nurses
Student nurses rostered for work should be paid by employers, Taoiseach says
But Micheal Martin warned such a situation would cause problems for the nursing degree programme.
# healthcare workers
Nurses made up 3% of all new Covid-19 cases in Ireland, INMO says
61 nurses contracted the virus in the most recent week for which figures are available.
# Covid-19
Government voting against motion to pay student nurses described as 'betrayal'
The Solidarity-People Before Profit (PBP) motion was defeated by 77 votes to 72.
# Nurses
INMO calls for isolation period for Covid-positive healthcare workers to be increased
Nurses account for almost a third of all healthcare worker cases of Covid-19.
# Frontline
50 nurses in each of the last two weeks have contracted Covid-19 - INMO
Phil Ni Sheaghdha says PPE has improved but greater supports are needed.
# Coronavirus
Nurses at Portlaoise hospital raise concerns after Covid outbreak leads to closure of ward
The medical ward at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise is no longer accepting new patients.
# HSE
INMO backs decision to publish ethnicity data for healthcare workers who contract Covid-19
Data from the UK suggests that BAME healthcare workers were more likely to die from Covid-19.
# Dáil Covid committee
Nurse who was hospitalised with Covid-19 criticises low staffing and says she was 'extremely burned out'
The INMO said that it would be “inhumane” to not increase healthcare staff ahead of a second Covid-19 wave.
# FRONTLINE WORKERS
'An absolute scandal': Ireland has the highest Covid infection rate for healthcare workers in the world, committee told
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this evening suggested that the figures provided by the INMO were wrong.
# Childcare
Childcare providers warn of reduced capacity and need for longterm financial support
Operators said additional staff will be needed to manage the extra Covid-19 health and safety requirements.
# Coronavirus
88% of healthcare workers with Covid-19 got the virus at work
The INMO wants Covid-19 to be classed as a personal injury under health and safety legislation.
# HSE
All nursing graduates to be guaranteed jobs amid Covid-19 crisis
In a letter, the HSE informed nursing interns that they would all be guaranteed a job.
# covid19
'Surprisingly old-fashioned': Union says government childcare offer 'does nothing' for vast majority of nurses
The INMO pointed out that many of its members are lone parents or have partners who are also working on the frontline.
# Covid-19
Government's delayed childcare plan for health workers needs approval by health experts
The National Public Health Emergency team will discuss the plan tomorrow, says the Taoiseach.
# Coronavirus
Tracked: How HSE advice to healthcare workers has shifted during the Covid-19 crisis
From pregnancy to isolation, advice to staff has changed significantly since January.