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No. 43 • July - December 2006 • Page 238
 •  Initiatives

Lismullin -- (Ireland) Nursing Now: an International Seminar for Nurses

According to recent studies, in 2031 from 18 to 21% of the Irish population will be over 65. Nurses play an important role in caring for the growing number of elderly.
In the seminar “Nursing Now,” which took place in Lismullin on September 23, various projects carried out by nurses who work in care for the elderly were presented. Among the more innovative ones were those involving persons from three generations, with the elderly and children of primary and secondary school age taking part together in a wide gamut of activities: art, music, horseback riding, water polo, story telling.…

The seminar also offered group working sessions to study practical cases with particular ethical repercussions, and presentations on technical aspects of attending to patients’ suffering.

Irish nurses from Dublin, Meath, Louth, Kildare and Longford attended the seminar along with others from Switzerland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Many expressed interest in helping to organize similar seminars in the future because they realize the importance of maintaining a high level of quality in their profession.

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