Brid is currently a Lecturer and programme lead for the MSc Nursing (Perioperative Care) programme at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at University of Limerick.  A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BNS), Ulster University, Jordanstown, Belfast (Grad Diploma Education and MSc Advanced Nursing) and University College Cork (PhD), Brid has over 18 years’ experience in higher education, research, curriculum development, teaching, supervision and assessment at undergraduate, master’s and PhD level.  Her current research interests include:  perioperative/surgical care, safety, reflection, nurse education, Intercultural education, older person. Her specialist expertise is within classic grounded theory and other qualitative methodologies. Brid is currently research active in funded research, publications and in PhD and MSc supervision.


Markey, K., O’ Brien, B., Graham, M.M. & O’ Donnell, C. (2019). Juggling to survive: MSc nursing students' experiences of studying far from home. Journal of Research in Nursing. Accepted for Publication (In Press). 

O’ Brien, B., Tuohy, D., Fahy, A. & Markey, K. (2019). Home students’ experiences of intercultural learning:  a qualitative descriptive design. Nurse Education Today. 74: 25-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.

Matthews, R., Markey, K., Murphy, J. & O’ Brien, B. (2018). Integrative literature review examining factors affecting patient safety with robotic assisted and laparoscopic surgeries. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 50 (6): 645–652. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12437.

Mc Carthy, J., Graham, M.M., Tuohy, D., O’ Brien, B. Fahy, A., Hennessy, T., O’ Sullivan, D. & Markey, K. (2018). Potential and challenges for learning during acute medical/surgical placement for intellectual disability, mental health and midwifery students. Nurse Education in Practice. 28: 135-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.10.021.

O’Brien, B., Andrews, T. and Savage E. (2018). Anticipatory Vigilance: a grounded theory study of minimising risk within the perioperative setting. Journal of Clinical Nursing 27: 247-256. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13881.