The Teaching Nurses Network (TNN) held their quarterly meeting in Colaiste Phobal, Roscrea on Friday 27th May.
The TNN is a professional organisation that provides a support forum for Nurses educating learners in Healthcare at QQI level 4-6.
The aim of this national network is to promote, maintain and foster the delivery of quality standards for holistic care.
The guest speaker for the meeting was Patrick Glackin, Area Director of Midwifery Planning and Development, HSE West who was speaking to the members of the group about his doctorate, examining the requirement for professional regulation of Healthcare Assistants in Ireland.
The PLC in Colaiste Phobal provides the Healthcare Support Major Award level 5, this award is the nationally recognised qualification to work as a Healthcare Assistant in Ireland.
Currently, the employment rate for those completing the course is in excess of 90%.
The Chairperson of the TNN, Ingrid Condell, is a Tutor in the PLC in Coláiste Phobal and says that the increase in life expectancy experienced in Ireland since 2001 and the increases in the incidence of chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Dementia and Obesity are contributing to the growing demand for qualified carers in the health and social care sectors.