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Vol. LX, No. 7
April 4, 2008
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All-Ireland Nurses Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at NIH

  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.  
  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 care.

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. NIHRecord Icon

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