Kathleen is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, since 2007. Kathleen is Course Director for International Studies and is a member of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery Internationalisation committee, strategically planning the development of internationalisation activities within the department. Kathleen has a particular interest in the area of cultural competence development and migrant health. As a member of the European Transcultural Nursing Association (ETNA), she brought the 2nd ETNA international conference to the University of Limerick in 2011, which was very successful. She is a recent Irish Research Council recipient for a project exploring perinatal mental health supports for migrant women and their families, which will incorporate a participatory research approach. Her research interests are in the areas of cultural diversity in healthcare, cultural competence development, intercultural learning and perinatal mental health for migrant women.  She has been involved in a number of research projects using a variety of research designs, methodologies and methods. Currently Kathleen is involved in research projects in the areas of perinatal mental health support for migrant women, simulation in nurse education and clinical supervision.


Markey, K., O’ Brien, B., O’ Donnell, C., Murphy, J. (2021). Enhancing undergraduate nursing curricula to cultivate person-centred care for culturally and linguistically diverse older people. Nurse Education in Practice, 50, 102936. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102936

Markey, K., (2021). Moral reasoning as a catalyst for cultural competence and culturally responsive care. Nursing Philosophy, 22:e12337. https://doi.org/10.1111/nup.12337

Markey, K., Doody, O., Kingston, L., Moloney, M., Murphy, L. (2021) Cultural competence development: the importance of incorporating culturally responsive simulation in nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice, 52:103021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103021

O’ Brien, E.M., O’ Donnell, C., O’ Brien, B., Markey, K (2021) Intercultural readiness of nursing students: An Integrative review of evidence examining cultural competence educational interventions. Nurse Education in Practice, 50; 102966. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.102966

Markey, K., Arena Ventura, C.A., O’ Donnell, C., Doody, O. (2021). Cultivating ethical leadership in the recovery of COVID-19. Journal of Nurse Management, 29:351–355, https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13191