University College Cork – National University of Ireland
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, globally focused, research-led university. It is Ireland’s first five-star University with internationally recognised research in health, science, social sciences and the humanities. The institution is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research outputs and peer esteem indicators. The School of Nursing and Midwifery has a strong tradition of conducting high quality research and is the leading department in Ireland undertaking research on the nursing workforce. The School’s strategy has a strong commitment to conducting health services research relevant to patient safety and health service reform. UCC as a whole is strong in terms of conducting institutional, national and international collaborations as a strategy to supporting excellence in research. The Department of Nursing was formed in 1994 and in 2004 Brookfield opened its doors to the first nursing students. The School of Nursing and Midwifery now provides undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as continuing professional development. The School has graduated around 5000 nurses and midwives, provided further postgraduate training to 2000 nurses and midwives and graduated over 50 doctoral students. The School has vast research interests with six different research clusters;
- Maternity, Families and Primary Care
- Supporting Aging in the 21st Century
- Enhancing Cancer Survivorship Programmes
- Healthcare Workforce
- Healthcare Ethics and End of life care
- Mental Health and Well-being
Professor Jonathan Drennan is the lead of the Irish branch of the Magnet4Europe project. He currently holds the Chair of Nursing and Health Services Research at University College Cork; He previously held the Chair of Healthcare Research at the University of Southampton. He is registered in the general, psychiatric, learning disability and tutors' divisions of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Register. He has experience of a wide-range of research areas including: clinical research, research into higher education, evaluation of health service initiatives, older persons’ research, sexual health, women’s health, psychometrics and research methods and, health workforce research.
Dr Elaine Lehane is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork. She is a registered general nurse and has practiced in the areas of neuro-medicine and renal care. Her principal teaching scholarship interests include curriculum development for evidence based professional practice and interprofessional teaching and learning. Her research areas of interest are psychometrics, supportive care strategies for chronic condition management and professional workforce development and evaluation.
Dr Vera Mc Carthy is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC. She is the Programme Co-ordinator for the MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement and Lead of Online learning. Dr Mc Carthy teaches on research, health promotion, patient safety, quality improvement and professional conduct in addition to other areas of health. Dr Mc Carthy's research work includes areas such as occupational health, self-management support for people with chronic conditions, safe nurse staffing and lifestyle behaviours.
Dr Noeleen Brady is the postdoctoral researcher on the Irish branch of the Magnet4Europe project. Dr Brady graduated from NUI Maynooth with a BA in Psychology in 2009. She commenced her PhD in the Psychology Department in Maynooth University which she completed in October 2013. She began working as a postdoctoral researcher in the School for Nursing and Midwifery in UCC on the Safe Nurse Staffing research project under the direction of Professor Drennan. This project addressed queries on staffing in Ireland. She is now pursuing research related to mental health, and how to enhance wellbeing among healthcare workers.