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Dr. Vivienne Brady
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Dr. Vivienne Brady is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, with teaching responsibilities across all undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery programmes. She is an experienced midwife and academic, with over fourteen years of research activity, including postgraduate student research supervision, and spanning a wide range of methodologies (principally action research, phenomenology and ethnographic research) and healthcare related topics and field work. Vivienne's doctoral thesis used a Feminist Participatory Action Research approach to develop Antenatal Education with mothers and midwives in preparation for motherhood, with an emphasis women's involvement in developing policies and processes that they and their families are affected by. Vivienne's research agenda continues to be motivated by women's health, the wellbeing of new mothers and their experiences of maternity care. She was nominated by the Centre for Women in Science & Engineering Research (WiSER) to participate in the Aurora Leadership Development Programme for Women in Higher Education in 2016-2017 and was invited to return as Role Model for Aurora in 2018.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brady V. Hynes G. May P. Lombard-Vance R. and Corry M., Findings of an Evaluation of the Introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , 4 March 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Darcy C, Shanahan H, Lavery M, McDonagh D, and Brady V. , A Survey to Determine the Prevalence, Frequency and Volume of First Breast Milk Secretions during Pregnancy , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2020 (THEconf2020), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , 5 March 2020, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Daly D, Hannon S, Brady V, Midwives' experiences of recruiting participants to clinical research, RCSI Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery 39th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference, Dublin, 26-27 February, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Hauck T.L. Kuliukas L.Gallagher L , BRADY V. Dykes C. and Rubertsson C, Helpful and challenging aspects of breastfeeding in public for women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden: a crosssectional study, International Breastfeeding Journal , 15, (38), 2020, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Hennessy N. Neenan K. Brady V. Sullivan M. Eustace-Cook J. and Timmins F., End of Life in Acute Hospital Settings- A Systematic Review of Families' Experience of Spiritual Care., Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2019, p31 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Brady, V., Timmins F., Naughton M., Caldeira S. and Pesut B., 'Offering People Care' - Uncovering the Essential Elements of Health Care Chaplaincy , Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference. 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, March 6-7th 2019. , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 6-7th March 2019, 2019, pp2 - 2 Conference Paper, 2019

Neenan, K. Timmins, F. OBoyle, C. Whelan, J. Brady, V. Muldowney, Y. and McSherry, W. , Special Issue "International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Creating Space for Spirituality in Healthcare,"-Trinity College Dublin 2017, Religions, 2019, p1-8 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

BRADY V, Corry M and Flynn M,, Schwartz Rounds: facilitating staff conversations in the Irish healthcare system., Blog for the Point of Care Foundation, https://www.pointofcarefoundation.org.uk/blog/schwartz-rounds-facilitating-staff-conversations-in-th, October, 2019 Report, 2019 URL

Brady, V, Coghlan, D. Hynes, G and O'Leary D, Exploring Risk in a Writing Group: A Cooperative Inquiry , 9th International Annual Action Research Colloquium 2019 "Changing through Collaboration", University College Dublin, June 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Kathleen Neenan K., Timmins F. OBoyle, C. Whelan, J. BRADY, V. Muldowney, Y and McSherry, W. , ) Special Issue 'International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Creating Space for Spirituality in Healthcare', Religions, 10, (533), 2019, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Mannion J. Sheerin F. Brady, V. , Nothing about us without us? Yes, but not when applying for research ethics!, Centre for Disability Studies Postgraduate Conference 2019. Disability Studies past Present and Future., University of Leeds , 11th July 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

BRADY, V. May, P. Lombard-Vance, R. Hynes G. and Corry M. , Evaluation of the Introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland, Health Services Executive, Dublin, Ireland., Health Services Executive, 2019, p1 - 183 Report, 2019 URL URL

Timmins, F., Whelan, J., Brady, V, OBoyle, C., Neenan, K., Muldowney, Y. & Caldeira, S., Enhancing Nurses and Midwives Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care' : Progress Towards Implementation of final spiritual care education standard.Teaching & Learning Event 3 (EPICC 2016-2019) , (EPICC Erasmus Plus Project Enhancing Nurses' and Midwives' Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care 2016-2019, University of the West of Wales,, 1-3 July 2019., 2019 Poster, 2019 URL

Timmins, F,. Brady, V. Naughton, M., Caldeira, S. and Pesut, B., 'Offering People Care' - Uncovering the Essential Elements of Health Care Chaplaincy. International Conference, in Spiritual Care - The State of the Art and International Perspectives. , International Conference, in Spiritual Care - The State of the Art and International Perspectives. , VID Specialized University, Faculty of Health Studies Bergen Norway, October 18th 2019 , 2019 Poster, 2019

Daly, D, Hannon S, BRADY, V, Motivators and challenges to research recruitment - a qualitative study with midwives, Midwifery, 74, 2019, p14 - 20 Journal Article, 2019 DOI URL

Spirituality in Childbirth in, editor(s)Timmins, F. Caldeira, S. , Spirituality in Healthcare, Paris, Springer Nature, 2019, pp83 - 96, [OBoyle, Brady Vivienne ] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Muldowney, Y., Timmins, F., Brady, V., Caldeira, S., Whelan, J., Murphy, M., O'Boyle, C. Neenan, K., Shared Understandings of Spiritual Care Among the Members of an Innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland , 37th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research And Education Conference; Integrated Care: Ensuring Quality And Enhancing Patient Flow, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery., St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2., 28th February -1st , 2018, pp134 - 134 Poster, 2018

Madden, D. Sliney, A. O'Friel, A. McMackin, B. O'Callaghan, B. Casey, K. Courtney, L. Fleming, V. and BRADY, V., Using action research to develop midwives' skills to support women with perinatal mental health needs, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (3-4), 2018, p561-571 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

BRADY, V. Timmins, F,. Naughton, M., Caldeira, S. and Pesut, B., Healthcare chaplains' experience of engaging with patients and service users from 'minority' religious or non-religious groups in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)., 6th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health and the 5th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality, Coventry University, UK, May 17-19, 2018,, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Piret, P. Neenan K. Muldowney Y. BRADY, V. and Timmins F. (2018), Spiritual leadership as an emergent solution to transform the healthcare workplace, Journal of Nursing Management, 26, ((4)), 2018, p335 - 337 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Brady, V., Timmins, F., Caldeira, S., Whelan, J., Murphy, M., O'Boyle, C. Neenan, K. F. and Muldowney, Y. , Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland, Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences , Coventry University, Coventry, England, , 17-19 May , 2018 Poster, 2018

Timmins, F. Egan, R. Flanagan, B. Muldowney, Y. O'Boyle, C. BRADY, V. Whelan, J. Neenan, K. and McSherry, W. , Special Issue "International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Nurturing the Spirit"-Trinity College Dublin 2016, Religions, 8, (204), 2017, p7 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gallagher L, Lawler D, Brady V, OBoyle C, Deasy A, Muldoon K, An evaluation of the appropriateness and effectiveness of structured reflection for midwifery students in Ireland, Nurse Education in Practice, 22, 2017, p7 - 14 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Romeiro, J. Caldeira, S. Brady, V., Hall, J. and Timmins, F. , The spiritual journey of infertile couples: discussing the opportunity for spiritual care, Religions, 2017, p76 - 90 Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Romeiro, J. Caldeira, S. BRADY, V. Timmins, F. and Hall, J. , Spiritual aspects of living with infertility: a synthesis of qualitative studies, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, (23-24), 2017, p3917 - 3935 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

BRADY, V. and Lalor, J., Space for human connection in antenatal education: Uncovering women's hopes using Participatory Action Research, Midwifery, 55, 2017, p7 - 14 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Timmins, F. Caldeira, S. Whelan, J., Murphy, M., King, C. and Brady, V. , Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland, Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference , University of Oxford Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street Oxford , Wed 5-7th April 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017 URL

Madden, D. Sliney, A. O'Friel, A. McMackin, B. O'Callaghan, B. Casey, K. Courtney, L. Fleming, V. and BRADY, V., Using action research to develop midwives' skills to support women with perinatal mental health needs, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2017, p11 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

OBoyle, C., Brady, V. and Timmins F., Making space for spirituality in childbirth, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26, (19), 2017, p2823 - 2825 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Donohoe A Coghlan D Hynes G and BRADY V., Developing our Action Research Writing: Reflections on an Action Research Writing Group, 6th Action Research Colloquium, ARGI, University College Dublin, 30 June & 1 July , 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Timmins, F. McSherry, W. OBoyle, C., Brady, V. and Caldeira, S., Special Issue "International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Sowing the Seeds"-Trinity College Dublin, Religions, 7, (11), 2016, p126- Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Timmins F, Murphy M, Caldeira S, Ging E, King C, BRADY V, Whelan J, O'Boyle C, Kelly J, Neill F, Hynes G, Neenan K, Pujol N, Fitzgerald L, Hayden D, Sweeney B, Threadgold M, O'Sullivan M, Flanagan B, Weathers E, Larkin P, Meehan T, Ward K, Chew H, Minford E, Lee M, Mulchaire M, Mc Auliffe A, Boyle PJ, Keating N, Nolan B., Developing Agreed and Accepted Understandings of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts among Members of an Innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland. , Religions, 7, (3), 2016, p1 - 15 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Timmins, F. McSherry, W. OBoyle, C., BRADY, V. and Caldeira, S, "International Conference of Spirituality in Healthcare. Sowing the Seeds", Religions, 7, (11), 2016, p120 - 126 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Fiona Timmins, Maryanne Murphy, Sílvia Caldeira, Eimear Ging, Carole King, Vivienne Brady, Jacqueline Whelan, Colm OBoyle , John Kelly, Freda Neill , Geralyn Hynes, Kathleen Neenan, Nicolas Pujol, Lisa Fitzgerald, Deborah Hayden, Barbara Sweeney, Mary Threadgold, Michael O' Sullivan, Bernadette Flanagan, Elizabeth Weathers , Philip Larkin, Therese Meehan, Karen Ward, Hannah Chew, Eunice Minford, Mandy Lee, Margaret Mulchaire, Anne Mc Auliffe, PJ Boyle, Noel Keating, Brian Nolan , The Development of a Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), Religions, 7, (3), 2016, p30 - 34 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Gallagher, L. Begley, C. BRADY, V. Lawler, D. Muldoon, K. McGuiness, D. and Maguire, R, A Review of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Ireland, Health Service Executive. , HSE, 2016, p1 - 190 Report, 2016

Romeiro, J. Caldeira, S. Brady, V., Timmins, F. and Hall, J. , The spiritual journey of infertile couples: discussing the opportunity for spiritual care , 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference,, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, June 23rd 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Timmins F, Caldeira S, Whelan J, Murphy M, King C, Brady, V, Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland, Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality Can spirituality transform our world ?
New frontiers in understanding and exploring contemporary spiritualities , Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK, 23-26 May , 2016 Poster, 2016

Timmins F, Caldeira S, Whelan J, Murphy M, King C & Brady V., Shared understandings of spiritual care among the members of an innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland, 2nd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference, 'Nurturing the Spirit', School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 23 June 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Madden D. and BRADY V., How Can Midwives Develop Their Support Skills for Women with Mental Health Needs during the Antenatal Period? An Action Research Study , 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference NUIG, NUIG, 31st March 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Timmins, F., Whelan, J., Murphy, M., King, C. and Brady, V. , The Development of Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland - an Innovative Response to an Emerging Hiatus, First International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference; Sowing the Seeds, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 25th June , 2015 Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Dunlea M, BRADY V, Begley C, Murphy-Lawless J. , An exploration of the meaning of the first antenatal encounter from the perspective of service user and provider. , OPTIMISE2014 Conference: Optimising Childbirth across Europe: An interdisciplinary maternity care conference., Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 9 &10 April 2014, 2014, pp53 - 54 Conference Paper, 2014 URL

BRADY, V and Lalor, J., Finding Common Ground in Antenatal Education, 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education,, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. pp1, Nov , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

BRADY, V. and Lalor, J. (2011) , On Being Heard: Women Voicing their Needs in Preparation for Motherhood., 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery , November 9-10, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Biesty, L., Brady, V., Dunlea, M., Lawler, D. Andrews L. Sheaf, G & Sweetman, S. (2011), Women's experiences of vaginal examination in labour: a meta-study, 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference - Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education, Trinity College Dublin, , 9th-10th November, 2011, pp1- Conference Paper, 2011 URL

Brady,V. , Challenges related to Representation of Voice, Action Research Colloquium, Waterford Institute of Technology, 9-10 June, 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Brady, V., Lalor, J., and Murphy-Lawless, J. (2011), Developing Antenatal Education in Preparation for Motherhood - A Participatory Action Research Approach, ICM 29th Triennial Congress, Durban, South Africa, 19-23 June, 2011, pp1 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Brady, V, Review of Tensions and Barriers in Improving Maternity Care. The Story of a Birth Centre, by Deery, R.; Hughes, D. and Kirkham, M , The Practisisng Midwife, 2010 Review, 2010

Brady, V, Review of Reflective Practice for Healthcare Professionals. 3rd edn. , by Taylor, B. , MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, 21, (2), 2010, p2 Review, 2010

Brady, V. and and Lalor, J (2010), Participatory Action Research - Negotiating Access in Maternity Care Settings, 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference - Transforming Healthcare through Research and Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Nov 4, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Brady, V. (2008), Meaning and Perspective - The Essence of Transition from Student to Midwife, ICM 28th Triennial Congress, Glasgow, 1-5 June, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Brady, V. (2008), Women's Views of the Appropriateness of a Model of Antenatal Education, ICM 28th Triennial Congress, Glasgow, 1-5 June, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Brady, V. (2006), Exploration of the Transition from Student to Midwife. A Phenomenological Study, 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference - Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education and Technology, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 5-7 Nov, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brady, V. May, P. Lombard-Vance, R. Hynes, G. and Corry, M, Creating Connections: Schwartz Rounds in the Irish context, All Ireland Schwartz Rounds and QI Conference 2020, Dublin Castle, 18th February 2020 , 2020 Poster, 2020

Brady, Vivienne , Book Launch - Spirituality, Culture, and Motherhood (Routledge) by Noelia Molina, SpIRE. , Spirituality in Society and the Professions, Annual European SPES Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, 16-18 May 2019, 2019, European SPES Institute and the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Ireland. Invited Talk, 2019

BRADY, V. Timmins, F,. Naughton, M., Caldeira, S. and Pesut, B., Chaplaincy in Healthcare, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Workshop , Bon Secours Health System, Renamore, Co. Galway, 20 January 2018, 2018, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Invited Talk, 2018

Brady, V. and Timmins, F. , A phenomenological exploration of healthcare chaplains and pastoral care workers' experience of providing spiritual/pastoral support to patients and families from minority religious or non-religious groups in the Republic of Ireland. , The National Association of Healthcare Chaplains (NAHC) Workshop 2, The Bons Secours Hospital Galway., 20th January 2018, , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

BRADY, V. Timmins, F,. Naughton, M., Caldeira, S. and Pesut, B., Chaplaincy in Healthcare, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Workshop, , Chaplaincy in Healthcare, St. James Hospital James Street, Dublin 2. , 29 January , 2018, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Invited Talk, 2018

Brady, V. and Timmins, F. , A phenomenological exploration of healthcare chaplains and pastoral care workers' experience of providing spiritual/pastoral support to patients and families from minority religious or non-religious groups in the Republic of Ireland. , The National Association of Healthcare Chaplains (NAHC) Workshop 2, The Bons Secours Hospital Tralee., 13th January 2018, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Brady, V. and Timmins, F. , Healthcare Chaplains' Experiences Of Engaging With Patients And Service Users From Minority Religious Or Non-Religious Groups In The Republic Of Ireland., Irish Hospice Foundation, Hospital Friendly Hospice Acute Network Meeting, , Aisling Hotel Dublin., November 6th , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

BRADY, V , Spirituality and Healthcare, Medical and Health Humanities Seminar, Neill Hoey theatre, TCD and clinical sites, 11th December , 2018, Medical and Health Humanities Initiative Invited Talk, 2018

BRADY V., Hannon, S. and Daly D., Midwives' Role in Recruiting for Research , Journal Meeting, Coombe Women and Infants' University Hopsital, 31 Jan 2018, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Timmins, F. and Brady, V., Spirituality and Healthcare. , Medical and Health Humanities Seminar 1, Long Room Hub,Trinity College Dublin., Tuesday 11 December , 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Brady, V. and Timmins, F. , A phenomenological exploration of healthcare chaplains and pastoral care workers' experience of providing spiritual/pastoral support to patients and families from minority religious or non-religious groups in the Republic of Ireland., The National Association of Healthcare Chaplains (NAHC) Workshop , St. James's Hospital Dublin., 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

BRADY, V. Timmins, F,. Naughton, M., Caldeira, S. and Pesut, B., Chaplaincy in Healthcare, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Workshop , Bon Secours Hospital Strand Street Tralee, Co. Kerry, 13 January 2018, 2018, National Association of Healthcare Chaplains Invited Talk, 2018

Brady, V., Antenatal Education: What do Women Want?, Antenatal Education Resource Workshop, Waterford Regional Hospital, Waterford , February 16, 2010 Invited Talk, 2010

BRADY V, What Women Want - A Descriptive Survey of Antenatal Education Needs, Rotunda Hospital Dublin, 2008 Report, 2008

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • A survey to determine the prevalence, frequency and volume of colostrum (first breast milk) secreted during pregnancy
  • Date From
    • July 2019
  • Date To
    • February 2020
  • Title
    • Women's experiences of the Rotunda Hospital's Next Birth After Caesarean Section (NBAC) services
  • Summary
    • The research aims to evaluate a sub-sample of pregnant and postnatal women's experiences of attending the Next Birth After Caesarean Section (NBAC) services in the Rotunda Hospital (n=20-25) through one-to-one interviews.
  • Funding Agency
    • The Rotunda Foundation
  • Date From
    • Sept 2018
  • Date To
    • February 2019
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the Initial Introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland
  • Summary
    • This was an evaluation of the introduction of Schwartz Rounds in Ireland, using a mixed methods approach and funded by the Health Service Executive. The evaluation was underpinned by RE-AIM, a well-established evaluation framework in healthcare to address the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance sustainability) of initiatives. Results and findings were considered within the context of Implementation Science literature for quality implementation.
  • Funding Agency
    • The Quality Improvement Division, Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • June 2017
  • Date To
    • December 2018
  • Title
    • A Phenomenological Exploration of Healthcare Chaplains and Pastoral Care Workers' Experience of Providing Spiritual/Pastoral Support to Patients and Families from Minority Religious or Non-Religious Groups in the ROI
  • Summary
    • To explore hospital chaplains' experiences of engaging with patients and service users from minority religious or non-religious groups in the ROI using phenomenlogical inquiry.
  • Funding Agency
    • Healthcare Advancement Fund [HAF], Adelaide Health Foundation, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin 2
  • Date From
    • March 2017
  • Date To
    • December 2017
  • Title
    • Midwives' and Neonatal Nurses' Perceptions and Experiences of Recruiting Participants to Research Studies
  • Summary
    • Participant recruitment is an important aspect of research. Poor recruitment can result in increased costs and delayed and ambiguous results. Midwives face many challenges in recruiting research participants and are called upon to engage in research as part of their professional development. Inspired by this, the aim of this research was to explore midwives' perceptions and experiences of recruiting participants to research studies.
  • Funding Agency
    • N/A
  • Date From
    • May 2017
  • Date To
    • November 2017
  • Title
    • A Review of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • June 2016
  • Date To
    • October 2016
  • Title
    • Using Action Research to Design and Implement a New Undergraduate Curriculum for Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Summary
    • Using Action Research to Design and Implement a New Undergraduate Curriculum for Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.
  • Funding Agency
    • N/A
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Developing Antenatal Education in Preparation for Motherhood - A Participatory Action Research Approach
  • Summary
    • Aim: To develop antenatal education in preparation for motherhood, based on knowledge created in collaboration with mothers to be, mothers and antenatal educators. Methodology: This research was guided by a participatory worldview, using a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach influenced by feminist concerns and grounded in the interests and experiences of women and antenatal educators. An action research cycle of constructing, planning action, taking action and evaluating action was used. Information was gathered through a variety of techniques;group meetings(n=18) and individual (n=7)conversations were the principal methods of data gathering. Conversations were analysed using the Listening Guide, a voice-centred relational method, which involved multiple consecutive readings of each conversation. Ethical approval was granted by the relevant research settings and the University. Findings: Cycles of action research are described throughout the findings chapters. Women portray their learning needs for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Various themes including loneliness, coping after birth, and, the relevance of knowledge that is grounded in the real-life experiences of other mothers are highlighted. Practice issues, and enabling and restraining forces for change are identified by antenatal educators. A theoretical model of antenatal education is proposed.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • Oct 2008
  • Date To
    • March 2012
  • Title
    • Women's Experiences of Vaginal Examination in Labour: A Meta-Study
  • Funding Agency
    • N/A
  • Date From
    • Nov 2010
  • Date To
    • Noc 2011
  • Title
    • Antenatal Education: What do Women Want?
  • Funding Agency
    • Friends of the Rotunda Hospital
  • Date From
    • 2006
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Exploration of the Transition from Student to Midwife
  • Funding Agency
    • N/A
  • Date From
    • September 2003
  • Date To
    • November 2004
  • Title
    • Using Action Research, to articulate the processes involved in the Design and Implementation of a New Undergraduate Curriculum for Nursing and Midwifery Degree Programmes, from the perspective of the Curriculum Development Committee.
  • Funding Agency
    • N/A
  • Date From
    • September 2013
  • Date To
    • Ongoing

Keywords

ACTION RESEARCH; Action research in social / community organisations; EDUCATION; Evaluating models of maternity care; Feminist Research Methodolgies; INSIDER ACTION RESEARCH; Maternity Care; MIDWIFERY; REFLECTION; Reflective Practice; VOICE; WOMEN'S HEALTH

Recognition

Representations

Athena Swan Champion School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 2019

Action Research Ireland Group 2011- Present. Key member of the organising committee for the Annual International Action Research Colloquia and member of the scientific committee. This is an important national and international collaboration across disciplines and professions (external to TCD) 2011

Scientific Panel Member and conference organising committee (current Chair) of the Spirituality in Health Care Research and Innovation Group School of Nursing and Midwifery 2015

Reviewer for Journal of Midwifery. 'Outstanding Reviewer' award in December 2017. 2015

Reviewer for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2015

Reviewer for Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015

Reviewer for Action Research Journal 2011

Awards and Honours

Provost Projects Award 2019

Award of Outstanding Reviewer for the International Journal 'Midwifery' 2017

Health Research Board (HRB) Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Nursing and Midwifery. Grant Number: NM/2008/21. 2008

Research Stipend. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 2007

Awarded Dean's List for Academic Achievement, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 2002

Memberships

All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE) 2013 – Present

Action Research Group Ireland 2012 – Present

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland 1991 – Present