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‘The Patient is Paramount'

Competition will celebrate International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife 2019

Nurses and Midwives are invited to enter a new Storytelling Competition designed to capture real human experiences in our hospitals and in the community. The competition is being launched to celebrate the forthcoming International Day of the Nurse (May 12th) and International Day of the Midwife (May 5th).

Entries are now being accepted for this great new competition. The closing date is 5pm on Thursday, April 18 th 2019 next. Your stories should be no longer than 1,000 words maximum.

The competition, created to demonstrate the caring role of the nurse and midwife in practice, is being organised by the HSE's HR Division. The theme of the competition is “The Patient is Paramount”.

The winners will be announced at a special evening award ceremony in Dublin on Saturday, May 11 next when prizes will be presented.

How to Apply

Please submit your stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before 5pm on Thursday 18 th April 2019. Your story should be previously unpublished and must not have won a prize in any other writing competition. Please ensure that this notice is brought to the attention of all staff, including those on leave of any type.

You are invited to submit your story relating to an experience you had in caring for patients * .


There are two categories that capture the 5 nursing and midwifery divisions (similar to the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) programmes which permit registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland)

These include;

  • General Nursing
  • Childrens' and General Nursing (integrated)
  • Intellectual disability Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Midwifery

Following submission of your stories, a panel of judges will select the top three stories from nursing and the top three stories from midwifery. All finalists and guests will be invited to attend an awards ceremony where the stories will be read out by the author or nominated person.

Great stories can offer us valuable feedback about our patients' experiences of healthcare services. These stories can challenge us and enable us to develop a deeper understanding of our experiences. They can also encourage problem solving, new learning and discovery and help us to close that gap between our real human experiences and the patient care theories we use to try to explain them.

Best wishes,

Rosarii Mannion, 
National Director of Human Resources

* For the purposes of this competition the word ‘Patient/s' is being used to capture all the terms we apply to the care of the population we serve, e.g. mothers, children, service users, clients etc.

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