University Partner

University College Cork
School of Nursing and Midwifery

We are proud of our first class teaching resources, exemplified by our technology enhanced simulation laboratory and our close partnerships with Ireland’s largest and foremost teaching hospitals. For our nursing and midwifery international students, University College Cork (UCC) is ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world for its supportive services and facilities, not to mention social life.

Our research programme upholds an agenda of excellence in both the teaching of the core principles underpinning research, and in research collaborations with our national and international partners, as well as undertaking research of the very highest quality. Our research programmes are designed to enhance the lives of patients/clients and other service users and improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery. We invite you to explore our website to find out more about the opportunities available to you, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery.

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Our key staff

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Nuala Walshe

Clinical Skills Simulation Centre Manager

My current research interests are concerned with the use of experiential learning strategies with the aim of developing clinical competencies. In particular I am keen to pursue my interests in simulation, problem based learning and role-play. Ultimately I am aiming to develop an understanding through research of the impact of these strategies on clinical practice. I hope to develop this interest to PHD level.

Patricia O' Regan

College Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork

Dr Patricia O’ Regan trained as a general nurse in London where she went on to specialise and qualify as an oncology nurse, and gained extensive experience in all areas of clinical oncology both in London and Ireland. Thereafter, she worked as a nurse lecturer in UCC and taught on a number of modules including oncology nursing, palliative care, communications, research and complementary therapies. Patricia teaches to both undergraduate and post graduate students. Patricia completed her PhD in the area of cancer related fatigue and self-care, and has presented and published both in this area and in general oncology. She has also published on topics related to communication, stress in student nurses, complementary therapies and pain management. Patricia has experience of grant writing and has been successful in attaining grants. She is presently a member of two Erasmus funded International projects, and is a member of the UCC Research E-Casp Group: Enhancing Cancer Awareness and Survivorship Programmes.

Gretchen Jordaan

Research assistant on the UCC team

A medical sociologist by training, I completed my MSc at the Univeristy of Edinburgh and have lived and worked in South Africa and Ghana since qualifying. I am passionate about access to public health care and the sociocultural and economic determinants of health that affect the biological patterning of disease within communities. The most exciting aspect of the Sim Versity project for me, is the focus on strengthening healthcare education, training and provision through a socially and culturally informed lens.

Carol Condon

College lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery

I completed my MSc (Research) at University College Cork and I currently work as a college lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. I have been involved in higher education for undergraduate and post graduate programmes for the past 16 years.

Currently, I am a member of the International team providing support to overseas students. My role includes helping international students adjust to the cultural and academic differences between home and Ireland and address day to day issues and complexities as they arise. One of my main concerns is to ensure that international students fully integrate into higher education at University College Cork.

I have a particular interest in advancing nursing practice and the evolving role of the nurse. I also have a keen interest in using simulation based learning to ensure safe and effective clinical practice and am a facilitator on this module. I am currently a member of 2 Erasmus funded projects and collaborate with European partners.