Patricia Minnock (ANP-Rheumatology), from Our Ladys’ Hospice and Care Services, Dublin, and Deirdre McNamee (Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner) from Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, recognised the need to form an all-Ireland forum for nurses working in the rapidly growing speciality of rheumatology.
The first meeting in May 2004 was attended by 40 nurses from both the South and North of Ireland. Keynote speaker was Dr Janice Mooney, RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum, who presented on ‘The Development and Remit of the RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum’.
At this meeting it was agreed to establish the IRNF. The first formal meeting of the IRNF took place on 10th September 2004.
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