Health and social care in Northern Ireland is going through a significant change, moving care delivery from predominantly hospital based to community settings and closer to the patient or client’s own home or in their home. Nursing and midwifery are key to making these changes happen and it is an exciting and challenging time to be part of these professions. My main aim is to ensure we have nurses and midwives who can deliver a very high standard of care to the people of Northern Ireland. This means developing students of nursing and midwifery who are competent, confident, critical-thinking and innovative.
I value every role within the nursing and midwifery family including health care support workers, newly qualified nurses and midwives, those working in generalist, specialist and advanced clinical practice roles, as well as research and development and education, and last but not least, our Consultant Nurses and Midwives, Executive Directors of Nursing and nurses undertaking Chief Executive roles.
If you want to become a nurse or midwife, are considering coming from overseas to work in Northern Ireland or returning to practice, our Career Pathway website will provide you with the information you need to guide you along the way. You will also find an amazing array of different roles, settings and career paths from which to choose. Come and join us in an environment where you will find diversity of practice, challenge, growth, team work and support for your nursing or midwifery career. Nursing and midwifery are wonderful professions. I look forward to welcoming you to a Nursing and Midwifery career in Northern Ireland. In the meantime, read the real life stories and inspirations from our staff to find out what Northern Ireland nurses and midwives are saying.
With warm regards
Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health (DoH)