Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

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Invited Keynote Speakers

Prof. Linda Aiken

Linda AikenLinda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN is the Claire Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes in over 30 countries. She is the co-leader of RN4CAST, a study of the outcomes of nursing in hospitals in 15 European countries including Ireland. She is the author of more than 300 scientific papers, and is the recipient of the Christiane Reimann Prize from the International Council of Nurses for her contributions to global health and nursing.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a fellow and past President of the American Academy of Nursing, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Prof. Jonathan Drennan

Jonathan DrennanJonathan Drennan is Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork. He was previously Professor of Healthcare Research at the University of Southampton.

Jonathan has undertaken research in Ireland and the UK on non-medical prescribing, emergency care, the abuse and neglect of older people in community and residential settings, cancer information services, research priorities for nursing and midwifery and safe nurse staffing. He presented to and advised the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Safe Staffing Advisory Committees on staffing in medical and surgical wards and accident and emergency departments in the UK. This was part of the development process of the NICE guidelines on safe staffing.

Jonathan is also a member of the Department of Health taskforce involved in the development of guidelines for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in the healthcare sector. He is currently leading a Health Research Board and Department of Health funded study on safe staffing in medical, surgical and emergency settings in Ireland.

Prof. Margarete Sandelowski

Margaret Sandelowski

Margarete Sandelowski is Boshamer Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She earned the PhD in American Studies (emphasis on Women’s Studies) from Case Western Reserve University, the MS in Maternal-Child Nursing from Boston University, the EdM in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and the BSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has published widely in nursing and social science anthologies and journals in the areas of infertility and reproductive technology; gender, technology, and nursing; and qualitative and mixed-methods primary research and research synthesis methodologies. Her works have been translated into Spanish and Japanese. Among her books are the award-winning With Child in Mind: Studies of the Personal Encounter with Infertility; Devices and Desires: Gender, Technology, and American Nursing; and Handbook for Synthesising Qualitative Research.

She has been awarded as Principal Investigator four five-year R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, and has served as Visiting Professor at universities in the US and abroad including Australia, Canada, Denmark, and the UK. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 1990, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in 2015.



Invited Seminar Speakers

We are delighted to confirm that seminars will be led by the following invited speakers. Seminar topics will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Prof. Ingalill Rahm Hallberg

Ingalill Rahm Hallberg

Research Informed Practise; Pragmatic, Complex or Comparative Effectiveness Interventions

Professor emerita Ingalill Rahm Hallberg (RN, PhD, FEANS, FAAN) is professor in health care science at Lund University, Sweden. She is registered nurse specialised in mental health and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the European Academy of Nursing Science, an organisation she participated in initiating and later on became the president of for several years. During that time she, together with the board, implemented complex interventions as a curriculum for the three year summer school for PhD students in Europe and together with professor DA Richards edited the hand book of Complex Interventions in Health.

Nationally she built up and managed a large interdisciplinary institute for health sciences. She became honorary member of the Swedish Medical Society for her contribution to knowledge building useful for practice. She has been the pro-dean of the medical faculty as well as the assistant and pro-vice chancellor of Lund University. Internationally, she is well known in particular for her research on aging, health care and social service to older people and also for her engagement in furthering nursing research from discovery to evaluation. It is within this area she has been the main supervisor of 29 PhD students and in addition co-supervised several PhD students. Currently she is working together with clinicians and experimental researcher to understand the molecular fingerprints of psychological resilience in women with breast cancer. This research was initiated by Prof. Hallberg in the attempt to close the gap between body and mind and better understand that interaction and thereby improve treatment.

Prof. Alessandro Stievano

Alessandro Stievano

Scholarship in Europe: The Italian Experience

Alessandro Stievano (PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, FFNMRCSI), is currently Associate Director for Nursing and Health Policy at the International Council of Nurses. Additionally, he is also research coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship of Opi Rome - Italy. The Centre is a novel project to designate substantial administrative and funding support for advancing nursing education, clinical practice, research development and research training in Italy.

Prof. Stievano received a masters degree in Education (Rome Three University - Rome - Italy) and a masters degree in Sociology from Alma Mater University of Bologna - Italy. He is author of multiple peer-reviewed publications on a national and international level. His main professional interests are connected to ethics and transcultural movements of health professionals in the globalised society. He has combined his expertise in professional regulation issues and nursing ethics to influence policies globally.

Prof. Stievano holds Editorial Board positions on journals such as Nursing Ethics and Nurse Education in Practice. He is the President of the Italian Transcultural Nursing Association. He has received an Honorary Fellow ad Eundem from the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI in 2016.

Prof. Sharron Docherty

Sharron Docherty

Building a Programme of Research to Support Clinical Innovation in Adolescent and Young Adult Chronic Illness Self-Management: Peer i-Coach for Activated Self-Management Optimisation

Sharron Docherty is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at Duke University School of Nursing. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.

She has practiced as a paediatric nurse practitioner and served as the director of the paediatric acute/chronic care nurse practitioner specialty from 2002-2010. She received her BScN from the University of Windsor, Canada her MScN from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and earned her PhD in Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, USA.

Prof. Docherty’s research is aimed at improving outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults and families undergoing intensive treatment for life-threatening and chronic conditions. She studies how to improve care models, symptom management, and decision-making from diagnosis through end of life. She has methodological expertise in the use of qualitative, mixed-methods, trajectory science and visualisation methodologies for complex data exploration, and intervention development and testing.

Prof. Assumpta Ryan

Assumpta Ryan

'If I Knew Then What I Know Now': Lessons Learnt from Qualitative Research with Older People and their Families.

Assumpta Ryan is a Professor of Ageing and Health at Ulster University.

Assumpta’s research is focused on ageing and the care of older people. Specific interests include the needs and experiences of family carers, caregiving in dementia and quality of life in nursing and residential homes. Assumpta is the Northern Ireland Lead for the UK wide ‘My Home Life’ Leadership Support and Community Development Programme for care home managers.

She has published extensively in a range of academic journals and has presented at a broad range of national and international research conferences. Assumpta is Editor of the Journal of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and is on the Editorial Board of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice and The International Journal of Older People Nursing. Assumpta is currently President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses’ Association.

Annette Kennedy

Annette Kennedy

The Role of the ICN in Establishing Global Nursing Leadership

Annette Kennedy was elected 28th President of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in June 2017 after serving four years as Vice President.

Previously, she held the position of President of the European Federation of Nurses and was active in lobbying the European Parliament, Commission and Council.

A registered nurse and midwife with a BA in Nursing Studies and an MSc in Public Sector Analysis, Annette was the Director of Professional Development for the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for 19 years and established the INMO’s very successful Education, Research and Resource Centre.

Prof. Jonathan Drennan

Jonathan Drennan

Writing for Publication: Steps to Success

Jonathan Drennan is Professor of Nursing and Health Services Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork. He was previously Professor of Healthcare Research at the University of Southampton.

Jonathan has undertaken research in Ireland and the UK on non-medical prescribing, emergency care, the abuse and neglect of older people in community and residential settings, cancer information services, research priorities for nursing and midwifery and safe nurse staffing. He presented to and advised the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Safe Staffing Advisory Committees on staffing in medical and surgical wards and accident and emergency departments in the UK. This was part of the development process of the NICE guidelines on safe staffing.

Jonathan is also a member of the Department of Health taskforce involved in the development of guidelines for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in the healthcare sector. He is currently leading a Health Research Board and Department of Health funded study on safe staffing in medical, surgical and emergency settings in Ireland.