27th November 2019 - School of Nursing and Midwifery Celebrates 25 years at UCC
The School of Nursing and Midwifery celebrated its rich 25 year history with an exhibition in the Jennings Gallery which showcases images and artefacts from the School’s past. The exhibition opening night also served as a launch event for 25 Years: Origins to 2019, a comprehensive and detailed record of the historical development of nursing and midwifery in the Cork region. A PDF copy is available here. Emeritus Professor Geraldine McCarthy, Founder and first professor of nursing in UCC, gave a speech on the night which brought attendees on a whistlestop tour of 25 years of Nursing and Midwifery in UCC.
Though Schools of Nursing and Midwifery exert considerable influence on their communities, the specific dimensions of their economic and social impact are rarely appreciated. Just under 5,000 nurses and midwives have qualified from the School of Nursing and Midwifery over its 25 years history and over two thousand nurses and midwives having developed advanced knowledge and skills. Over the last 25 years the School has attained over 6.5 million euro in research funding; helped generate new knowledge which has been disseminated in over 1,500 research publications; graduated more than 50 doctoral students; and impacted national health and social care policy. The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 endorses the civic mission of higher education and states that ‘engaging with wider society’ is ‘one of the three interconnected core roles of higher education’. The School of Nursing and Midwifery is at the cutting edge of such impact.
The exhibition ran until January 31st, 2020.