School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Interest in Oral Care
- Previously worked as a registered nurse in the Northern Ireland Regional Cancer Centre, caring mainly for patients with Head and Neck Cancer
- Experience caring for patients with moderate to severe oral mucositis as a result of the treatments they received for their malignancy
- I have also worked as a Lecturer in Palliative Care at the Northern Ireland Hospice and this role involved education regarding holistic care for patients with cancer and other non-malignant life-limiting conditions
- A large part of my previous and current education roles has involved me educating undergraduate nursing students, registered nurses and other healthcare staff in relation to optimal oral care
Involvement in activities
- Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with involvement in the Oncology and Palliative Care Specialist Practice Programme at QUB
- Involved in research exploring palliative care for people with non-malignant conditions and their family caregivers
- I have published in several academic peer reviewed journals and have also published a chapter in a palliative care book
- I have received several funding opportunities that have allowed me to attend various clinical and academic institutions in America, Australia and Canada as a visiting scholar. This has given me a unique international perspective on the healthcare provided to patients with life limiting conditions in varying settings.
- I have received awards recognising my palliative care research. In 2015, I was awarded the title of Researcher of the Year at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards.
- Recently, I conducted a study exploring the use of mobile spaced learning to deliver symptom management education to first year undergraduate nursing students