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30 April 2012
After 40 years at the forefront of developments in nursing and midwifery knowledge and improvements in patient care, the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is celebrating its achievements.
On 18th and 19th May 2012, the School will welcome back its alumni - who can now be found in midwifery positions, clinical practice, education and management around the world - for a 40th anniversary reunion dinner.
The event will be followed by an anniversary conference which will showcase the School’s excellence in learning and teaching over the past four decades, as well as exploring the School's role in shaping health and social care for the future.
Speaking about the anniversary, Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean of the School said: "The past 40 years have included significant milestones which have helped build the School’s reputation for excellence and achievement. Since its creation, the School has been committed to developing the nursing and midwifery professions in Wales – both in terms of providing a skilled workforce, and by investing in research that directly impacts on practice. Cardiff continues to share the core belief – that nursing and midwifery is a vitally important profession requiring high standards and the desire to attract the most talented young people who share that belief."
Cardiff’s first nursing students enrolled for their Bachelor of Nursing degree course in 1972. The School was only the third department of nursing education established in the UK with only four members of staff and 10 students in that first year.
Today the School is at the forefront of teaching, learning and research in nursing and midwifery with some 1,700 students and 150 staff. Recently, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lesley Griffiths unveiled the School’s new Clinical Simulation Suite, a state-of-the-art facility that will enable students to learn key skills and practice complex procedures safely.
The School is also home to two key posts - the Royal College of Nursing Professor of Nursing, and the Professor of Midwifery supported by the Royal College of Midwives and with start up funding from the Welsh Government. They are held by Professor Danny Kelly and Professor Billie Hunter respectively.
Professor Hunt added: "The location of both posts at Cardiff is indicative of the University’s commitment to supporting the ongoing development of the nursing and midwifery professions through high-quality research and education. It highlights the School’s commitment to undertaking research that directly impacts on practice."
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