PhD Graduates and their Theses from School of Nursing and Midwifery

We are very proud of our PhD graduates and the research they have undertaken. Their theses are available in the James Hardiman Library.

First name Surname




Kate Arkley

“Managing Pain by Tradition”: a constructivist grounded theory study exploring how patients live with and manage their pain.

Dr Maura Dowling and Dr Elaine Keane

January 2023

Wei Qi Koh

Implementation strategies for the use of social robotics in the context of dementia

Prof. Dympna Casey

December 2022

Fiona Quirke

COHESION core outcomes in neonatal encephalopathy.

Prof. Declan Devane, Dr Patricia Healy and Dr Linda Biesty

December 2022

Vivien Hanrahan

Recruiting to clinical trials in maternity care: the development of a behaviour change intervention aimed at healthcare professionals.

Dr Linda Biesty and Dr Katie Gillies

October 2022

Justin Kerr

How evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for Venous Leg Ulcers impact on patient safety.

Prof. Georgina Gethin, Prof. Declan Devane and Prof. Carolina Weller

October 2022

Deirdre Mulligan

How does the delegation of tasks by registered nurses to health care assistants occur in residential care for older people? Interpretive multiple embedded case study.

Prof. Dympna Casey

June 2022

Orla Noonan Sweeney

Exploring the experience of living with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). A Heideggerian phenomenological study.

Dr Maura Dowling, Dr Marcella Kelly and Dr Pauline Meskell

August 2021

Paula Flanagan

Facilitators and barriers to the seasonal influenza vaccination among nurses: A sequential explanatory mixed methods study.

Dr Georgina Gethin, Dr Maura Dowling and Dr Diarmuid O'Donovan

July 2021

Elaine Finucane

Design, synthesis, and public understanding and involvement in randomised trials.

Prof. Declan Devane, Prof. Deirdre Murphy

March 2021

Rachel Comer

Spiralling Vulnerabilities: Understanding the Cervical Screening Behaviours of Women over 50living in the West of Ireland.

Dr Linda Biesty and Dr Elaine Keane

December 2020

Sally Whelan

Exploring the potential of social robots to support resilience in dementia.

Prof. Dympna Casey

November 2020

Claire Beecher

The development of a survey instrument to evaluate women’s experiences of their maternity care in Ireland.

Prof. Declan Devane, Prof. Richard Greene, Prof. Laura O’Dwyer

June 2020

Miriam Brennan

Prevention of striae gravidarum.

Prof. Declan Devane, Prof. Micael James Clarke & Prof. John Morrison

December 2019

Colette Kirwan

Influencing factors in the implementation and management of routine enquiry for intimate partner violence (IPV) in antenatal care setting in Ireland: A case study.

Dr Pauline Meskell, Dr Linda Biesty & Prof. Kathy Murphy

September 2019

Aislinn Conway

Methods of disseminating and translating research findings to health care professionals and other stakeholders.

Prof. Declan Devane, Prof. Mike Clarke & Prof. Shaun Treweek

May 2019

Laura Dempsey

The experience of providing care to those dying with dementia: family carers' perspectives.

Dr Maura Dowling & Prof. Philip Larkin (UCD)

February 2019

Mary Butler

Factors that influence good end of life care in long stay residential care for older people.

Dr Maura Dowling, Prof. Kathy Murphy & Prof. Philip Larkin (UCD)

July 2017

Hanora Dympna Tuohy

Older women's experiences of ageing and health related issues in Ireland.

Dr Adeline Cooney

January 2017

Gerard White

Understanding emergency nurses' experiences of moral distress.

Dr Adeline Cooney

September 2016

David McGuinness

Preserving Control: Understanding people’s experiences before, during and after involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act 2001.

Prof. Kathy Muphy, Prog Agnes Higgins (TCD) & Prof. Colm McDonald (Psychiatry, NUIG)

June 2016

Andrew Hunter

Becoming a Person Again A classic grounded theory of psychosocial intervention use with residents with dementia in long-stay care.

Prof. Kathy Murphy & Prof. John Keady (University of Manchester)

November 2014

Ann Campbell

What are the factors that influence person centred care in public residential care settings for older people?

Prof. Kathy Murphy & Prof. Eamon O’Shea (Business and Economics, NUIG)

February 2014

Fionnuala Jordan

The effectiveness of a structured educational reminiscence-based programme for staff in long-stay units on the quality of life of residents with dementia: A cluster randomised trial. The DARES Study.

Prof. Declan Devane

October 2013

Claire Welford

Exploring and enhancing autonomy for older people in residential care.

Prof. Kathy Murphy

October 2012

Nabeel Al-Yateem

Developing guidelines for best practices that address the transition of adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis from a paediatric to an adult healthcare setting in Ireland.

Prof. Philip Larkin, Prof. Kathy Murphy & Prof. David Shaw

June 2012

Patricia Healy

Cerebral palsy in the West of Ireland and the application of the international criteria for the identification of acute intrapartum hypoxia: a cohort study.

Prof. Declan Devane

May 2012

Catherine Houghton

The role of the clinical skills laboratory in preparing student nurses for the real world of practice.

Dr Dympna Casey & Prof. Kathy Murphy


Pauline Meskell

An investigation into the clinical role of lecturers in nursing in Ireland in order to determine a model for best practice.

Prof. Kathy Murphy & Dr Dympna Casey