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IARNA Mission Statement
We aim, as an organisation to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on the subject of anaesthesia, recovery and peri-operative nursing practice. We invite all nurses and practitioners from other disciplines to actively participate in our organisation by becoming members and opening up channels of communication, both nationally and internationally. It is by sharing our knowledge, both formally and informally, through, for example, submitting articles to the Irish Journal of Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing (IJARN), meeting at the National IARNA Conference held annually in different centres in Ireland and communicating with other allied professions, nurses and IARNA members that we, as an organisation can promote good practices, policies and procedures for the benefit of the patient and the nurse working in this specialised area.

IARNA was officially launched by the Junior Minister for Trade and Enterprise at its Inaugural Conference in the Silversprings Hotel, Cork on November 16th 2002. Since then, the association has gained a national and international status supported by an increasing membership database.

Goals for the Future: We are working toward similar goals in different countries and it is important that we continue the process of self-development through evidence-based practice acquired nationally and internationally.

Education and Learning through Safe Practice: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new IARNA members and colleagues. It is your association; we encourage you to actively participate in the development of an educational forum that will be a benchmark for communication incorporating ideas and feedback.

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IARNA Committee
Chairperson & Conference Coordinator

Cora Brennan CNM2 Anaesthetics, Mullingar Regional Hospital Email: corajobrennan@gmail.com

Membership Secretary

Miriam Hogan, Recovery Unit, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Committee Member

Fionuala O’ Gorman, Lecturer/Practitioner at University College Cork

Committee Member

Spomenka O’Keeffe, Respiratory Nurse, South Tipperary General Hospital

Honorary Secretary

Sinead Prendergast RGN Anaesthetics & Recovery, Galway Clinic Email: info@iarna.ie

Committee Member

Noreen Keelan, Anaesthetics & Recovery Galway University Hospital Email: snntkeelan@hotmail.com

Committee Member

Sheila Wall, CNM1 Recovery Room Tallaght Hospital, Dublin Email: sheila4iarna@gmail.com

International Liaison

Maureen F. McLaughlin, Clinical Educator, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, MA. USA


Sinéad Hanley Director of Nursing, Galway Clinic

Committee Member

Phil Lohan, CNM Recovery Beaumont Hospital, Dublin

Committee Member

Rosemary Clerkin, Clinical Facilitator Anaesthetics & Recovery, Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital Crumlin, Dublin Email: rosemary.clerkin@olchc.ie

Founding Chairperson 2001-2005

Sheila Murphy, CNM Recovery, Cork University Hospital