Welcome to the West!

The Western Network incorporates Galway University Hospitals, Sligo General Hospital, Mayo General Hospital, Portiuncla and The Galway Clinic.

History of Network

Previously known as the Galway branch of the IANO was founded in 1999 by a  group of oncology nurses working in St. Teresa’s and the haematology/oncology day ward;

The Galway Branch of the IANO held its 2009 AGM in the Clayton Hotel on 9th July. A re-launch of the branch was suggested by existing IANO members. This attracted new members from the Galway, Castlebar and Sligo hospitals. The chairperson, secretary and treasurer roles were divided out between all participating hospitals. The goal of this was to increase communication between the network hospitals and share information regarding local activities and events. This has certainly resulted in an increased networking among the various oncology sites in the West of Ireland

Mission Statement

Our main goal is to provide networking group for nurses to discuss  practices and treatments currently underway in different centres. Events and activities provide an opportunity to discuss issues arising in different areas of oncology, education on new research in current practices and share information on educational events taking place throughout the year.  The IANO Western Network is consistently seeking suggestions, opinions or ideas from oncology nursing staff as to which activities/ events would be of interest and of use to our colleagues. We aspire to build a solid network of nurses working in oncology centres throughout the West of Ireland.

Current Committee Membership

Chairperson:- Joanne Higgins, CNS Gynaecology Oncology UCHG,   joanne.higgins@hse.ie

Secretary:- Caitriona Duggan, Oncology ANP Candidate PortiunculaCaitriona.Duggan@hse.ie

Treasure:- Annemarie Bohan CNM2 Radiotherapy Department GUH, Annemarie.Bohan@hse.ie

Designated person for the communication pathway to be decided.

Previous events

On 10th June in Hotel Meyrick, Eyre Square Galway, the Western Branch of the Irish Association of Nurses in Oncology held an Evening meeting. Ms Phillipa Jones, Members Interest group UKONS was the guest speaker on the evening. Phillipa inspired us all relaying her experience of devising and implementing the 24 hour phone triage tool. It was a brilliant opportunity for Oncology Nurses in the West to network and share experiences. We were delighted on the evening also to have such a large turn out from Limerick. We hope to organise many events into the future and would encourage all Oncology Nurses in the west of Ireland to participate in our Quarterly regional meetings.