Irish Universities Association Webinar Series
Celebrating the Contribution of Nursing and Midwifery in Contemporary Irish Society
The School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies at St. Angela's College were delighted to collaborate with the Irish Universities Association, bringing together a series of webinars to raise awareness on the contribution that nursing and midwifery, are making across the provision of health care in Ireland. In particular, the seminars will focus on clinical practice, education, research, as well as specialist and advanced practice. They will also explore the role that nurses and midwives, have been playing in the supporting the national effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working with colleagues from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, the title of this November webinar was 'Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing and Midwifery Education'.
What do we mean by Diversity and Inclusion?
In the USA, diversity seems to have a meaning related to culture, ethnicity and race. In the UK diversity seems to be included in equality narratives and has a broader meaning, with relevance to any underrepresented social groups.
Inclusion is often spoken about in terms of frameworks; how to identify and measure it and what steps to take to ensure it – individually (our mind sets), collectively (our culture) and systemically (our institutions).
This is important for several reasons. For example, the obligation of the Nursing Profession to contribute to a just society. The fact that excellence in the profession and the educational institutions that prepare members, cannot be achieved without diversity and inclusion being embedded in their mission. Finally, the requirement for public services to be representative of the societies they serve.
What we wanted to achieve in the Seminar
- Identify the need for a change in our thinking.
- Create an opportunity to think about the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion.
- Start the conversation on a framework for change.