Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Siobhan Canny from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Siobhan Canny

Midwife

Health Service Executive

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Siobhan Canny

I would advise anybody wishing to pursue a career as a Midwife to focus on having science subjects in their Leaving Certificate. The basic entrance requirements are high at the moment so a good Leaving Certificate is essential (unless applying as a mature applicant).

To be accepted onto a training course you have to do an interview where they will determine whether you are suitable for the job or not. In the interview I would advise you to relax and to be yourself, answer honestly and do not be afraid to promote yourself.

The interviewers are looking for intellegent, hard working, nice people who are genuinely interested in being with women in pregnancy and labour. They are looking for students who have a basic understanding as to what this entails.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Rachel Berry

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Mary Ita Heffernan

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Dr Jan Steiner

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Lydia Peppard

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Keith Hayes

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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton

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Siobhan Canny

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Frank Morrison

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Lisa Kelly

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Can you be part of building a high quality health service for a healthier Ireland? 

Can you be part of building a high quality health service for a healthier Ireland? 


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"I spend four mornings a week in a local primary school where there are two language units"
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Lisa Kelly
"The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative"
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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
"The role of a paramedic is very demanding and it is challenging to ensure the patient receives the best level of care"
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Keith Hayes
"We also attend to Caesarean deliveries and assist the mothers and fathers with the immediate care of the new born"
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Siobhan Canny
"I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FET Level 5 training"
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Lydia Peppard
"Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored"
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Frank Morrison
"I believe that it would be very helpful for every doctor to work as a nurse or nursing aid, at some stage in their career."
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Dr Jan Steiner
"I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of patient contact and that we have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives"
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Rachel Berry
"Our main aim is to maintain a child in the care of its parents and all supports and interventions are given in an effort to achieve this"
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Mary Ita Heffernan

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides thousands of different services in hospitals and communities across the country.  

These services range from public health nurses treating older people in the community to caring for children with challenging behaviour; from educating people how to live healthier lives to performing highly-complex brain surgery; from planning for major emergencies to controlling the spread of infectious diseases. At some stage every year, everybody in Ireland will use one or more of the services provided. They are of vital importance to the entire population.

The HSE is the largest employer in the state, with over 100,000 employees. More than 67,000 are direct employees, the remainder are employed by agencies funded by the HSE. The HSE aims to be an Employer of Choice, and offers a wide range of challenging career opportunities that enable our staff to make an important contribution to the health services, to public service and to the lives of everyone living in Ireland.

The HSE is divided into various functions listed below:

  • Acute Services
  • Primary Care
  • Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • National Cancer Control Programme
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Clinical Strategy & Programmes
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Health Business Services
  • Audit

We aim to deliver healthcare by living our values of Care, Compassion, Trust and Learning.  For more information please see our Corporate Plan 2015-2017.