The Constitution

Constitution of the Irish Association of
Advanced Nurse/Midwife Practitioners

The Irish Association of Advanced Nurse Midwife Practitioners [IAANMP] has been established to provide a forum to support those involved in the promotion and development of Advanced Nursing and Midwifery practice in Ireland.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary aims and objectives of the IAANMP are as follows:

  • To provide support among nurses and midwives practicing at an advanced level in Ireland,
  • To enable practitioners to debate issues and concerns pertinent to their area of practice,
  • To facilitate education and promotion of professional development within and outside the group,
  • To cultivate a vision for the promotion of advanced nursing/midwifery practice in Ireland,
  • To establish relationships with advanced nursing/midwifery practice organisations in other countries.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Association is open to those nurses or midwives who practice at an advanced level in Ireland. In addition membership is open to those who are currently working towards becoming advanced nurse/midwife practitioners within the guidelines as stipulated by Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann.

Members must be on the current live Register of the Nurse Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)


ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate membership is open to facilitators of advanced practice, educators and managers. Associate members are not eligible to be elected to the committee.


HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Honorary membership may be awarded to certain individuals at the discretion of the Committee and its members. Honorary membership shall cease on the date of retirement of the individual from their employment.

Termination of Membership

Membership may be terminated in the following circumstances;

  • Non-payment of annual fees, or
  • Non adherence to the constitution of the association.

FEES

Membership shall be renewed annually at a cost of 30 Euro and confirmed by means of an official receipt. Non members are required to pay a fee of 50 Euro.

Fees shall be paid on an annual basis to the Treasurer at the time of the AGM to ensure membership for the coming year. Fees to be paid from April to April[ pre AGM].


COMMITTEE

The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a committee consisting of the following:

Chairperson
Deputy Chairperson
Secretary
Treasurer
Four officers.

Committee members will serve for a term of two years with an option of a continuation for a further two years but not more than 4 years in their designated position. A quorum for a committee meeting shall be five of which two must be an officer of the committee.

The Committee shall have the authority to:

  • Co-opt a member of the Association to fill a vacancy, which will be subsequently endorsed at an AGM.
  • Establish sub-committees, the members of which shall be appointed at the discretion of the committee
  • Invite persons who are not members of the Association to attend certain meetings to give expert advice.

MEETINGS

The committee shall meet at least four times per year. The Association will have one AGM and at least one other gathering or conference during the year. The Association shall elect committee members for the forthcoming membership period at the AGM. Nominations should be received by 0900 on the day of the AGM. Nominees should be in good standing with the organisation ie. Have a record of membership for a continuous  two years prior to the time of nomination. The committee members may present themselves for the position, which shall then be seconded from the floor, in the event of more than one member going forward for an officer’s post, there shall be a ballot.

Committee members are requested to attend at minimum 50 % of scheduled meetings.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

At least thirty days notice shall be given of the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”). The following business shall be covered at AGMs:

  • Minutes of the previous annual meeting,
  • Election of Committee,
  • Secretary’s Report,
  • Treasure’s Financial Report,
  • Notices of Motions,
  • General Business.

At both committee meetings and AGM a written record of each meeting shall be maintained and shall include, for example, issues discussed, action agreed and attendees.


VOTING

All registered members shall be eligible to vote at meetings. Voting shall be by means of a proposal and seconded. If there is any opposition then voting shall be by show of hands, or by secret ballot.

Associate members shall not have voting rights. Honoury members shall retain voting rights if they were previously eligible for voting rights before becoming an honoury member.


ACCOUNTS

The treasurer shall administer the financial affairs of the Association. Correct accounts and books shall be kept showing the financial affairs, receipts, acquisitions and disbursements of the Association. The accounts shall be formally audited for presentation at the AGM.


AMMENDMENTS

The provisions of the Constitution of the Association may be amended or revoked in accordance with the changing needs of the Association. Amendments shall be ratified at AGMs of the Association.

All amendments to this document shall be appended under an amendment document until such time as the Committee deems reprinting of the Constitution necessary.

Amended November 2017


ADDRESS

Correspondence shall be addressed to the Chairperson or secretary until such time as a permanent address is established.

© 2018 IAANMP