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Constitution

TITLE
The Title of the Association will be “Mental Health Nurse Managers, Ireland”:-

1.0 MISSION STATEMENT
1.1 Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland are committed to the professional
development of the psychiatric nurse in line with the developing and evolving
needs of a modern mental health service. This association further promotes a
model of care that is person-centered, population focused, with satisfaction at
the point of delivery.

2.0 AIMS
2.1 To reflect the views of Mental Health Nurse Managers in the formulation and implementation of
policies and procedures relating to the employment and utilization of psychiatric nursing personnel
and associated staff.
2.2 To influence Policy on a Management Structure and Staff Development Programmes.
2.3 To promote a medium for the exchange of views and issues on any matter relevant to the
Psychiatric Nursing profession.
2.4 To establish dialogue and communication with other appropriate National and International
Organisations.

3.0 CONSTITUTION

3.1 MEMBERS
For the purpose of registration of members Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall consist of
Registered Psychiatric Nurses who, in view of the National Executive hold permanent appointments
in the posts listed hereunder:
(a) Director of Nursing.
(b) Assistant Director of Nursing
(c) Nurse Practice Development Co-ordinator.
(d) Nurse Tutors / Lecturer
(e) Clinical Nurse Manager III
(f) Night Superintendent
(h) Clinical Nurse Manager II

4.0 MANAGEMENT
The management of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall be vested in the National Executive
which will consist of:-
4.1 President (1 year period of office)
4.2 Chairman (2 initial year period of office, 1 year there after)
4.3 Vice Chairperson (1 year period of office)
4.4 Honorary Secretary (2 year period of office, 1 year there after)
4.5 Treasurer (2 year period of office, 1 year there after)
4.6 Assistant Secretary (2 year period of office, 1 year there after)
4.7 One Regional Member from each Health Board area (1 yr. Period of office)
4.8 Any Member co-opted according to need.

5.0 POSTAL ADDRESS
The Head Office of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall be the place of employment of the
Honorary Secretary unless otherwise determined by the National Executive.

6.0 TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP
6.1 Application for membership must be made on the appropriate form and sent to the Secretary.
6.2 The National Executive is authorised to accept or reject any applications and its decision is final.
6.3 Members on retirement may remain in membership until the next Annual General Meeting,
when application for honorary life membership may be made.
6.4 Honorary members may attend meetings, conferences and seminars but will not be eligible to
hold office or have voting rights.

7.0 ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
7.1 Membership fee shall be paid annually to the Treasurer.
7.2 The extent of such fees shall be determined by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting.
7.3 The subscription year will be May to April

8.0 FORFEITURES
Any member four calendar months in arrears shall be deemed to have lapsed membership and shall
cease forthwith to participate in the affairs of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland.

9.0 EXPULSIONS
Where it is considered that a member has acted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of Mental
Health Nurse Managers Ireland, the National Executive shall have power to either suspend for a
specified period or expel the member concerned from membership of Mental Health Nurse
Managers Ireland, provided that there is no less than two-thirds of the members present at the
meeting, in support of the resolution and that the member has been given the opportunity to state
his/her case either in person or in writing.

10.0 ADMINISTRATION
10.1 For the purpose of administration the Republic of Ireland shall be divided into the geographical
areas as the present Area Health Boards or as deemed appropriate by the National Executive.
10.2 The members in each Area Health Board shall elect one regional representative to the Executive
and an alternate regional delegate.

11.0 DUTIES OF OFFICERS
11.1 The Chairperson or vice chair shall preside at all meetings of Mental Health Nurse Managers
Ireland. He/she shall maintain order and see that the rules and standing orders are obeyed; he/she
shall sign the minutes and accounts. The Chairperson shall have a casting vote only.
11.2 The Secretary shall consider all correspondence and keep in order all documents belonging to
Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland.
11.3 The Treasurer shall receive all monies payable to Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland and
shall deposit such funds in a bank approved by the National Executive. He/she will submit an annual
statement of expenditure and will make known the financial state of Mental Health Nurse Managers
Ireland to members with a copy of the Agenda, together with the notice of any General Meeting at
least seven days prior to the date of any such meeting.

12.0 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE
12.1 The general management of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall be vested in and the
business thereof conducted by the National Executive
12.2 The National Executive shall consist of the President, Chairperson, Honorary Secretary,
Treasurer and one representative from each of the eight Area Health Board areas or as deemed
appropriate by the National Executive and any members co-opted.
12.3 The National Executive shall meet not less than four times yearly.
12.4 A quorum shall be two thirds of its members.
12.5 Elected regional representatives shall take responsibility for the organisation of communication
for Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland with the members in their Health Board areas and aim to
recruit potential members.

13.0 ELECTION OF OFFICERS
13.1 Any member of Mental Health Nurse Manage rs Ireland shall be eligible for election to any of
the foregoing offices, provided that she/he has been nominated by a member of Mental Health
Nurse Managers Ireland and has signified willingness to accept nomination.
13.2 In the event of there being only one nomination for any of the said offices then, the person
nominated shall be declared elected.

14.0 FINANCE
14.1 The funds of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall be kept in a bank approved by the
National Executive. The account shall be operated jointly by the Chairperson and the Treasurer, who
shall act as trustees of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland.

15.0 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
15.1 The governance of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland shall rest in the Annual General
Meeting., provided that any decisions taken by the meeting are made in accordance with the rules.
15.2 All subscribing members shall have the right to attend the A.G.M. and shall have equal voting
rights.
15.3 Propositions for consideration at the A.G.M. shall be forwarded to the Secretary, at least eight
weeks prior to the date thereof. The Secretary shall issue a preliminary agenda to all members at
least four weeks before the date of the A.G.M.

16.0 AMALGAMATION
Where not less than two-thirds of the members present at an A.G.M. are of the opinion that it is
desirable to amalgamate with another body or bodies having similar interests to that of Mental
Health Nurse Managers Ireland, the Secretary may proceed with the formulation of an instrument of
amalgamation which shall contain all details of amalgamation.

17.0 DISSOLUTION
Where not less than two-thirds of the members present at an A.G.M. are of the opinion that it is no
longer desirable or practical to keep Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland in being the Secretary
shall circulate the reason for the proposed dissolution of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland and
subject to not less than two-thirds of the membership confirming in writing their approval of
dissolving Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland. the National Executive shall proceed to discharge
all debts and liabilities of Mental Health Nurse Managers Ireland.

18.0 STANDING ORDERS FOR THE CONDUCT OF ALL MEETINGS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSE
MANAGERS IRELAND.
18.1 Every member who speaks shall address the Chair and shall confine his/her remarks to the
subject under discussion.
18.2 The Chairperson may call attention to continue irrelevance, tedious repetition, unbecoming
language or any breech of order on the part of a member and may direct such member to
discontinue his speech.
18.3 The ruling of the Chairperson, upon all questions of order and matters arising in debate, shall be
final and shall not be open for discussion.
18.4 Every amendment must be relevant to the motion to which it is moved. No second amendment
shall be moved until the disposal of the first amendment. If the first amendment be carried it shall
displace the original motion and shall itself become the motion, to which a further amendment may
be moved.
18.5 A Motion for adjournment shall take precedence over any other motion or amendment and
may be discussed, but the discussion upon it must be solely confined for or against the adjournment.
18.7 Notice of motion must always be given to rescind a resolution, which has been resolved at a
previous meeting.
18.8 No speaker shall occupy more than five minutes, excepting the mover of a resolution, who shall
be allowed ten minutes, and five for reply at the end of the discussion, but he/she shall confine
himself/herself to answering speakers if exercising the right to reply and shall not introduce any new
matter into the debate. No further debate shall be permitted and the question shall then be put
to the members. The Chairman may, with the consent of the meeting, extend the time limit to the
speaker.
18.9 In order to rescind or amend any specific resolution, the approval of two-thirds of the members
present at an annual Conference shall be required.

Signed: ________________ ____________________
President Chairperson
Date:
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Honorary Secretary

Date:

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