Dr Pauline O’Reilly is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing & Midwifery. Prior to this, she was appointed as Head of Department. Within Dr O’Reilly’s nursing career, she has been involved in clinical nursing practice, management and nurse education. Her programme of research is focused on the area of dermatology specifically relating to the psychological and compassionate care of patients diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Current Research

Principle investigator: The Development of a Psychological Intervention for patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis.

Co-investigator: The development and pilot of transfer documentation for older people being transferred from residential to acute care


O'Reilly, P, Kennedy, C., Meskell, P., Coffey, A., Delaunois, I., Dore, L., Howard, S., Ramsay, B., Scanlon, C., Wilson, D.M., Whelan, B., Ryan, S (2020) The psychological impact of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis on patients’ lives: A critically appraised topic. British Journal of Dermatology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.18746


O'Reilly, P., O'Brien, B., Graham, M.M., Murphy, J., Barry, L., Doody, O., Fahy, A., Hoey, C., Kiely, M., Lang, D. and Meskell, P.(2019). Key stakeholders' perspectives on the development of a national transfer document, for older persons, when transferring between the residential and acute care settings: A qualitative descriptive study. International journal of older people nursing, 14(4), p.e12254.


Kennedy, C., O'Reilly, P., O'Connell, R., O'Leary, D., Fealy, G., Hegarty, J., Brady, A., Nicholson, E., McNamara, M. and Casey, M. (2019) Identifying the evidence base for policymaking and analysis in health care: an integrative review. Journal of advanced nursing [online], (accepted).


Fealy, G., Hegarty, J., McNamara, M., Casey, M., O'Leary, D., Kennedy, C., O'Reilly, P., O'Connell, R., Brady, A.M., Nicholson, E. (2018) Discursive constructions of professional identity in policy and regulatory discourse.  Journal of Advanced Nursing., doi:10.1111/jan.13723


O’Reilly P, Lee SH, O’Sullivan M, Cullen W, Kennedy C, MacFarlane A (2017) Assessing the facilitators and barriers of interdisciplinary team working in primary care using normalisation process theory: An integrative review. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177026. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177026