||Rear Admiral Carol Romano (front, c) welcomes chief nursing officers of Northern Ireland and Ireland Martin Bradley (front, l) and Sheila O’Malley (front, r). At rear are (from l) All-Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium Program Manager Isabel Otero, nurse advisor to chief nursing officer of Ireland Mary Day, nursing research advisor Sarah Condel and nursing officer for Northern Ireland Margaret O’Hagan.
From Mar. 10 to 17, the chief nursing officers
of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Sheila
O’Malley and Martin Bradley, visited NIH under the auspices of the All-Ireland NCI Cancer
Consortium. The consortium is a multilateral
partnership among the ministries of health of Ireland and Northern Ireland and the National Cancer Institute to enhance the infrastructure
for cancer research and cancer care on the island of Ireland and the U.S.
The All-Ireland delegation had several objectives
for their visit, including raising the profile of the profession in their homeland and engaging
with NIH on potential research collaborations
in cancer, nursing informatics and palliative
The delegation met with various nursing leaders
including Dr. Patricia Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Dr. Clare Hastings, chief nursing officer at the Clinical Research Center, and Rear Admiral Carol Romano, Commissioned Corps assistant surgeon general and chief nurse officer, who gave the delegation a demonstration of NIH’s Clinical Research Information System and an overview of the role of informatics in clinical research.
The delegation also had the opportunity to visit
NCI-designated cancer centers in the Maryland-
Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown
University and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive
Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University.
The delegation met with various nurse leaders at Hopkins School of Nursing as well as with Paula Rieger, CEO of the Oncology Nursing Society.
The All-Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium has been at work since 1999. During this time, it has developed a number of joint programs and working groups. One example is the nursing working group, which focuses on expanding educational opportunities for nurses from Ireland
and promoting nursing and palliative care activities. For more information about the consortium,
go to www.allirelandnci.org.