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.

Membership

Membership is open to all registered nurses working in clinical practice in rheumatology. Membership fees of €20.00/ Stg 17.00 are due by 31st January annually.

Subscription

The annual subscription for membership will be determined yearly by the committee. Subscription rates apply to a calendar year and, are due annually on March 1st.

Meetings

The Forum will meet at least once a year. This will include the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The quorum for the AGM shall be ten.