Nursing board chief to take up new post in Bahrain
Maura Pidgeon, the chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), which regulates nurses is to leave her post to move to take up a professorship in nursing at the RCSI Bahrain.
A new appointment to her role in NMBI will be made as soon as possible.
Dr Pidgeon saw the nursing regulator through modernised legislation.
Paul Gallagher, NMBI President, thanked Dr Pidgeon for her work during her time with the organisation.
“Dr Pidgeon led NMBI through a period of significant progress for nursing and midwifery, including the phased implementation of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 which is the most significant change in the professional landscape in over 25 years.
"On behalf of the Board, I would like to acknowledge the substantial contribution she has made in this regard and wish her well in her future endeavours.”
Earlier this year the NIMBI was involved in a dispute with nurses over a proposed increase in its registration fee.
The board said that additional income was needed to pay for increased costs, including the cost of holding fitness to practise inquiries in public.
The increase of €50 did not go ahead and remains at €100.