Elaine qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 (Waterford Regional Hospital).  She held nursing positions as staff nurse and senior staff nurse in the areas of peri-operative nursing and triage nursing for over 20 years. Elaine moved into the area of Clinical research nursing in 2013.

Elaine is currently employed as a Clinical Research Nurse Manager in the UL/UL Hospital Clinical Research Unit supporting various research projects. Her role involves providing research nurse support and trial co-ordination to both industry sponsored and academic studies, in the areas of pharmaceutical and device trials. Since taking up the post Elaine was awarded an MSc in Nursing from the University of Limerick in 2015.