Mission statement 

The mission of the Irish Association for the History of Nursing and Midwifery History is to promote the development and advancement of nursing and midwifery history through scholarship, dissemination and public engagement and outreach. 


The Association will: 

  1. Bring together individuals and groups with an interest in nursing and midwifery history for the purpose of providing opportunities for discussion, collaboration and mutual support
  2. Promote historical inquiry in nursing and midwifery and related fields
  3. Promote public interest in nursing and midwifery history  
  4. Promote the preservation of historical materials through collaboration with archivists, librarian and others 
  5. Develop and disseminate new knowledge of nursing and midwifery history in Ireland through research and publications and other dissemination activities
  6. Cooperate with national associations in other countries for the purpose of sharing information, conjointly organising events and collaborating on research 
  7. Promote the teaching of nursing and midwifery history in nursing curricula 


The Association is autonomous and self-governing. It is a constituent member of the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN). The Association is eligible to nominate at least one member to be a member the Coordinating Committee of the EAHN. 


The membership of the Association comprises all those individuals who support the aims of the Association and who wish to be included as a named member of the Association. Members may include nurses, midwives, other health professionals, academics and others individuals who are interested in the history of nursing and midwifery. The Association is connected with the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

For further information, contact Professor Gerard Fealy