A Children’s Outreach Nurse – appointed as part of a HSE and Irish Hospice Foundation initiative – has begun work with children with life limiting conditions in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The main role of the new specialist position is to co-ordinate the care that is provided to children in their homes in the South East. The Outreach Nurse also provides advice to health and social care professionals who are directly involved in the care of the children concerned.
The Children’s Outreach Nurse positions are a further development of the same HSE/Irish Hospice Foundation initiative which appointed Ireland’s first Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Children’s Palliative Medicine (based at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, both in Dublin).
A total of eight Outreach Nurses are being appointed. The recently appointed nurse in the South East, Liane Murphy will work from Waterford Regional Hospital. Children’s Outreach Nurses are also in place to serve regions from the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street , Dublin; Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and the Mid West Regional Hospital in Limerick.
The Minister for Health James Reilly recently met with a group including Dr. Mary Devins (Consultant Paediatrician with a Special Interest in Children’s Palliative Medicine) and Liane Murphy. Following their meeting to review the development of services for children with life limiting conditions, the Minister said: “It goes against every natural instinct for anyone to have to think about or actually plan for the death of a child. Despite advances in treatment, many parents and families inevitably face this most tragic experience. In accepting realities, however, I greatly welcome the implementation of the agreed policy for Paediatric Palliative Care to ensure that the best possible supports are provided to such children and their loved ones at this most difficult time. I wish to compliment the partnership approach of the Irish Hospice Foundation and the HSE in realizing this initiative. The new Consultant and Nurses mean that children with life-limiting conditions and their families will have enhanced choice to fully use all existing services.”
Liane Murphy, who took up her post in June, is from Kilkenny. Liane trained in general nursing at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH), qualifying in 2003. She was a staff nurse for six months at WRH before training in paediatrics at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street in Dublin. Liane was a staff nurse in the Neo-Natal and High Dependency Unit at Temple Street from 2005 until 2008. Thereafter, Liane worked in nursing in Australia for six months before undertaking further training in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London from 2008 to 2009. Liane subsequently worked in the Intensive Care unit at Temple Street since 2009.