I became an academic later in my career and was a practicing nurse for twenty years where I held various clinical nursing positions across the UK, the Middle East and Ireland and later specialised in Quality, Patient Safety & Risk Management. I have an MSc in Health Sciences in Nursing Education and I am currently a PhD candidate with the Centre for eIntegatred Care (CeIC) in DCU. Since 2018 my focus has been in eHealth, digital health transformation and nursing informatics.
Currently I am programme chair of the multiple digital health programme offerings from the School of Health Science Wellbeing & Society. My teaching portfolio and interests are Quality Improvement Methodology, Patient Safety & Risk Management, eHealth, connected health and digital health implementations including interoperability, health data and information. Past related research activity includes a joint project with the Saolta University Healthcare Group on Healthcare Analytics Adoption in the acute sector and previous project activity includes the development of an eLearning course in Digital Health in partnership with the HSE Digital Transformation Team.
My current research activity includes academic research supervision at QQI level 9, including supervision of a Masters by Research (funded) Student Fellowship in Connected Health. Other funded research includes a joint project with Blackrock Health Galway Clinic to develop reusable learning objects as education & support tools for patients awaiting robotic assisted surgery. I am interested in collaborative projects with cross disciplinary stakeholders including quality improvement projects in healthcare settings, and equally in any projects requiring shift left community focused healthcare and digital health/connected health implementations and interventions.