PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland
Tel: 045 852300 Email: info@pna.ie

PNA Member Information

Update Regarding the use of Masks and Priority Testing Currently Underway

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Dear Colleagues,

Following engagement between the Health Sector Unions and the HSE today (April 21st), the following has been clarified.

1) The Wearing of Masks.
The HSE and Occupational Health Department have confirmed that all health care workers should now wear masks while caring for patients when they are within a 2 meter distance. Masks should be worn in any scenario where care is being provided and social distancing of 2 metres cannot be adhered to. This includes all community and residential settings. Further instruction on this will be issued by the HSE in the coming days.

2) Priority Testing.
It has also been confirmed that the priority testing, currently underway in the Nursing Home sector, will also incorporate residential settings within the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Services. This priority testing will encompass all residents and staff within these settings.

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Healthcare Worker COVID-19 Leaflets and Information

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Dear Colleagues,

Please find below information regarding the current Covid 19 emergency. We wish to advise all our members that we are engaging with the HSE on a continuous basis and that all information is subject to change as the situation progresses.

We advise all members to make themselves aware of this information and advise. Each heading includes links to the current information available in relation to each topic.

See also Covid-19 Communications from HSE issued June 2020

Further information can be found on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website hpsc.ie

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

NATIONAL POLICY FOR PRONOUCEMENT for Expected Death by Registered Nurses

REDEPLOYMENT

Carry over of Annual Leave 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

PREGNANT and Immunocompromised Healthcare Workers

USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPEs)

RISK ASSESSMENT

RETIRED NURSES RETURNING TO WORK

STUDENT NURSES

ADVISE FROM THE NMBI

MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION

WELLBEING SECTION & STAFF HELPLINE - 1850 420 420

ADVICE for ID SERVICES

CARING ARRANGEMENTS

CORNMARKET

COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence website

A COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence repository is now available. Click here to access
This site provides a repository of clinical guidance and latest research evidence to equip the clinical community in Ireland to respond to Covid-19. The site contains:

  • HSE Interim Clinical Guidance to provide consistent advice to the clinical community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is based on best available knowledge at the time of completion, written by clinical subject matter experts (SMEs) working with the HSE. These SMEs have both expertise and experience of treating patients for the specific health conditions covered by the guidance.

  • Research evidence summaries prepared by the HSE National Library Evidence team and other stakeholders

  • Facility to request additional published Covid19 evidence in relation to specific clinical questions.

  • Links to point of care tools and educational resources

  • The content of the site is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation, but rather strengthen clinical management of patients and provide up-to-date and relevant guidance.  The guidance is iterative in nature and will be updated as the situation changes.

  • This guidance must be read in conjunction with the National HSE Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance for Possible or Confirmed COVID-19 

  • The repository is accessible from the Staff COVID-19 homepage.

Coronavirus COVID – 19

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03rd March 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past few weeks there has been regular engagement between the HSE and the Health Unions.

A teleconference was held this morning and a follow up telecall will be held on Friday 06th March 2020.

The concerns and queries that have been addressed are available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre Website www.HPSC.ie. Which is updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.

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NMBI Annual Retention Fees for 2020 

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The NMBI wishes to thank all nurses and midwives who have paid their annual retention fees for 2020. Almost 95% of registrants have renewed to date.

For those who have not yet renewed, the fee is now overdue and there is a danger of removal from the register.

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Senior Staff Nurse

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Dear Members,
 
As you are aware part of the pay commission recommendation is that the eligibility for Senior Staff Nurse is reduced from 20 to 17 years.
 
This will take effect from 1st November 2019. It is imperative that members who have 17 years plus staff nurse experience apply to their Director of Nursing for Senior Staff Nurse before 1st November 2019 in order to have your application submitted prior to the implementation date.
 
Please bring this to the attention of any member who meets the criteria of 17+ years experience
 
Yours sincerely
Peter Hughes
General Secretary
 

Labour Court Proceedings - Update 08.08.19

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Dear Colleagues,

We attended a reconvene of the Labour Court today and presented supplementary submissions regarding recruitment and retention.
 
The Court is now considering these additional submission and will revert in due course

An update will be provided as soon as we have more information.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Hughes

General Secretary

PNA Update on Labour Court Proceedings

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Update 31/07/19

Dear Colleagues,

We attended the Labour Court today (31/07/19) and presented our submissions.

The Court have requested some clarifications from all parties and in this regard we are reconvening next Thursday 8th August in the Labour Court.

An update will be provided as soon as we have more information.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Hughes

General Secretary

PHPG Circular to members re R&R members not making themselves available to work beyond their contracted hours12.07.19

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12 th July 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Following intensive discussions with senior officials from the HSE in relation to members not making themselves available to work beyond their contracted hours, the PNA have agreed to suspend their current instruction on the basis that progress has been made in respect on the following issues:

•  There has been significant progress in relation to proceeding with the recruitment of Mental Health Nursing Approved Posts ;

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