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Ms. Irene Cassidy

Biography



Current position Teaching: Key areas of my role include teaching, learning and assessing learning across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes (BSc and MSc Nursing programmes). Teaching commitments also extend to supervising undergraduate nursing students completing their final year research proposals

. My role also includes involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development.




Previous Positions



Nurse Tutor, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick



Registered Nurse, Agency, Dublin Hospitals,Midwestern Regional Hospital.



Registered Nurse, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Accident and Emergency dept., Haemodialysis.

Research Interests


Parkinson's and the experiences of people living with chronic neurological conditions


Chronic illness


Palliative care


Respiratory Nursing


Teaching, learning, assessment in higher education


Competency assessment

Research Interests

I have collaborated with colleagues to undertake research around lecturers' experiences of facilitating guided group reflection. I was involved in all aspects of the research including the design, planning, ethical approval, sampling, data collection and analysis, discussion and publication. This study was published in Nurse Education Today (Impact factor 1.641). The findings are extremely relevant to nurse education particularly given the emphasis on reflection within the current curriculum.

I collaborated with colleagues by undertaking research with post registration students around their experiences of caring for people from different cultures. This was an exciting study that generated very interesting and relevant findings for practice. Again I was involved in all aspects of the study including the planning timeframes, ethical approval, sampling, data and analysis, discussion and preparation for publication.

I worked with colleagues (UL and health services) in a mixed methods study to explore student nurses' and preceptors' experiences of the competency assessment process. This project demonstrated my ability to conduct research with clinical service partners including data collection (postal surveys and focus groups), data analysis (statistical and qualitative analysis) and preparation of findings for publication. There have been five journal publications from the study (I was the principal author for one of these papers) aswell as several oral and poster presentations. Findings from this study have been widely disseminated nationally and internationally.

My MSc research was entitled student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious isolated patients. I had to create my own data analysis framework to ensure that the qualitative methods used were congruent with the philosophical underpinnings inherent within a Gadamerian approach dissertation. I am a reviewer for Journal of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Education Today, British Journal Nursing.

Teaching Interests

Current position Teaching: Key areas of my role include teaching, learning and assessing learning across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes (BSc and MSc Nursing programmes). Teaching commitments also extend to supervising undergraduate nursing students completing their final year research proposals. My role also includes involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 1999 Chronic Illness and Palliative Care,

Association

  • On the live register for nursing and midwifery with the nursing board An Board Altranais., Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Publications

Books

2010

Caring for infectious isolated patients - student nurses experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological study
Cassidy, I
(2010) Caring for infectious isolated patients - student nurses experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological study
Saarbrücken: : Lambert Academic Publishing

Peer Reviewed Journals

2013

Lecturers' experiences of facilitating guided group reflection with pre-registration BSc Nursing students
Mc Carthy, J,Cassidy, I,Tuohy, D
(2013) Lecturers' experiences of facilitating guided group reflection with pre-registration BSc Nursing students
In Nurse education today;
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.10.020

2013

Conversations through barriers of language and interpretation
Mc Carthy, J; Cassidy, I; Graham, MM; Tuohy, D.
(2013) Conversations through barriers of language and interpretation
In British Journal Of Nursing;
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2013.22.6.335

2012

Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland
Bradshaw, C. O' Connor, M. Egan, G. Tierney, C. Butler, M. P. Fahy, A. Tuohy, D. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Mc Namara, M.
(2012) Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland
In British Journal Of Nursing;

2012

Preceptors' views of assessing nursing students using a competency based approach, Nurse Education in practice,
Cassidy, I. Butler, M. P. Quillinan, B. Egan, G. McNamara, M. C. Tuohy, D. Bradshaw, C. Fahy, A. O' Connor, M. Tierney, C.
(2012) Preceptors' views of assessing nursing students using a competency based approach, Nurse Education in practice,
In Nurse Education In Practice;

2011

Competency assessment methods tools and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland.
Butler, M. P. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Fahy, A. Bradshaw, C. Tuohy, D. O'Connor, M. Mc Namara, M. Egan, G.
(2011) Competency assessment methods tools and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland.
In Nurse Education In Practice;

2011

Evaluating Clinical Competence Assessment
Fahy, A., Tuohy,D., Mc Namara, M.C., Butler, M.P., Cassidy, I., Bradshaw, C.
(2011) Evaluating Clinical Competence Assessment
In Nursing Standard;

2011

Competency assessment methods - Tool and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland
Butler M.P., Cassidy I., Quillinan B., Fahy A., Bradshaw C., Tuohy D., O'Connor M., Mc Namara M.C., Egan G., Tierney C.
(2011) Competency assessment methods - Tool and processes: A survey of nurse preceptors in Ireland
In Nurse Education In Practice;
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2011.01.006

2009

National survey of Irish community nurses' leg ulcer mangement practices and knowledge
Barrett, S. cassidy, I. Graham, M. M.
(2009) National survey of Irish community nurses' leg ulcer mangement practices and knowledge
In Journal of wound care;

2008

Educational needs of nurses when nursing people of a different culture in Ireland
Tuohy, D; McCarthy, J; Cassidy, I; Graham, MM
(2008) Educational needs of nurses when nursing people of a different culture in Ireland
In International Nursing Review;
DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2007.00600.x

2006

Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation. A hermeneutic phenomenological study
Cassidy, I
(2006) Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation. A hermeneutic phenomenological study
In Journal Of Clinical Nursing;
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01404.x

Other Journals

2007

'Educational needs of nurses when nursing people of a different culture in Ireland'
Tuohy, D; McCarthy, J; Cassidy, I; Graham, M;
(2007) 'Educational needs of nurses when nursing people of a different culture in Ireland'
In Celebrating Nursing & Midwifery Contributions to Health care through Research-A Supplement to the National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin,;

2002

Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation.
Cassidy, I
(2002) Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin;

Conference Publications

2016

MDS International Congress, Berlin, Germany
I Cassidy, Dr. P Meskell, MP Butler, M Richardson CNS, Professor C Kennedy, Professor S Coote, Dr. P Boers
(2016) MDS International Congress, Berlin, Germany

DOI: Ul Seed Funding Grant

2015

Inaugural HSE West-Midwest Nursing and Midwifery Research and Innovation Conference, April 29th, Limerick.
Cassidy, I. Kennedy, C., Butler, MP. Meskell, P. Coote, S. Richardson, M. Boers, P
(2015) Inaugural HSE West-Midwest Nursing and Midwifery Research and Innovation Conference, April 29th, Limerick.

2014

UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick
Mc Grath, C. Cassidy, I., O Brien, A. Casserly, B
(2014) UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick

2014

13th Annual EDCNS doctoral conference, Maastrict.
Cassidy, I. Kennedy, C., Butler, MP. Meskell, P. Coote, S. Richardson, M. Boers, P. (
(2014) 13th Annual EDCNS doctoral conference, Maastrict.

2014

The UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick.
Cassidy, I. Kennedy, C., Butler, MP. Meskell, P. Coote, S. Richardson, M. Boers, P
(2014) The UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick.

2011

European Transcultural Nursing Association (ETNA) Conference, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick
McCarthy, J, Cassidy, I, Graham, M and Tuohy, D
(2011) European Transcultural Nursing Association (ETNA) Conference, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

2010

Oral Paper presentation by Fahy, A. at the RCN Education Forum Conference Partners in Practice
Fahy, A., Butler, M.P., Tuohy, D. O' Connor, Cassidy, I., M., Bradshaw, C., Quillinan, B., Tierney, Egan, G., C., McNamara, M.,
(2010) Oral Paper presentation by Fahy, A. at the RCN Education Forum Conference Partners in Practice
Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.

2009

9th Annual Research Conference, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, 9th October, University College Cork, Ireland.
Paper presented by Cassidy, I., Egan, G.,
(2009) 9th Annual Research Conference, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, 9th October, University College Cork, Ireland.

2009

15th International reflective Practice conference. Comhra. Transforming healthcare through reflective dialogue
Mc Carthy, J. Tuohy,D. Cassidy, I.
(2009) 15th International reflective Practice conference. Comhra. Transforming healthcare through reflective dialogue

2009

Conference of the National Council for the ProfessionalDevelopment of Nursing & Midwifery -Clinical Excellence: Safety, Quality and Evidence- Croke Park, Dublin.
Cassidy I., Egan, G, Butler, M.P., Fahy, A., O¿ Connor, M., Bradshaw, C., Quillinan, B., C. Tierney, C., McNamara, M., Tuohy, D. (2009)
(2009) Conference of the National Council for the ProfessionalDevelopment of Nursing & Midwifery -Clinical Excellence: Safety, Quality and Evidence- Croke Park, Dublin.

2009

15th International Reflective Practice Conference – COMHRA, 26th June, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick.
Tuohy, D. ,McCarthy, J. and Cassidy, I
(2009) 15th International Reflective Practice Conference – COMHRA, 26th June, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick.

2009

15th International Reflective Practice Conference Comhra. Transforming healthcare practice through reflective dialogue
Tuohy, D., Mc Carthy, J., Cassidy, I., Graham, M.M.
(2009) 15th International Reflective Practice Conference Comhra. Transforming healthcare practice through reflective dialogue

2008

International Nursing Research Conference. Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition, Israel..
Cassidy, I.
(2008) International Nursing Research Conference. Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition, Israel..

2008

9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Transforming health care through research, education and technology.
Butler, M. P., Quillinan, B., Tuohy, D., O' Connor, M., Bradshaw, C., Cassidy, I., Tierney, C. Fahy, A., Egan, G., McNamara, M.
(2008) 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. Transforming health care through research, education and technology.

2008

Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education & Technology, 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conferenc
Butler, M.P., Quillinan, B., Fahy, A ., Cassidy, I, Tuohy, D., O¿ Connor, M., Bradshaw, C., Tierney, C., McNamara, M. and Egan, G,
(2008) Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education & Technology, 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conferenc

2008

Oral paper presentation by Mc Carthy, J. at the 1st Biennial International Evidence-Based Nursing Conference, ‘Advancing Nursing Practice Through Evidence'. June 2008, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Mc carthy, J. Tuohy, D. Cassidy, I. Graham, M. M.
(2008) Oral paper presentation by Mc Carthy, J. at the 1st Biennial International Evidence-Based Nursing Conference, ‘Advancing Nursing Practice Through Evidence'. June 2008, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

2008

International Nursing Research Conference Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition.
Cassidy, I. Tuohy, D., McCarthy, J., Graham, M.M.
(2008) International Nursing Research Conference Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition.

2007

Trinity College Dublin¿s 8th Annual Interdisciplinary research conference
Tuohy, D. Mc Carthy, J. Cassidy, I. Graham, M.
(2007) Trinity College Dublin¿s 8th Annual Interdisciplinary research conference

2006

Person centred developments in nursing and midwifery, (hosted by Mid Western area Nursing and Midwifery planning and development unit) 3rd Annual conference. Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel, Bunratty, Co Clare, 26th April 2006.
Tuohy, D. Graham, M. M. Cassidy, I.
(2006) Person centred developments in nursing and midwifery, (hosted by Mid Western area Nursing and Midwifery planning and development unit) 3rd Annual conference. Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel, Bunratty, Co Clare, 26th April 2006.

2006

Person Centred Developments in Nursing/Midwifery
Graham, M. Cassidy, I Tuohy, D.
(2006) Person Centred Developments in Nursing/Midwifery
*(Ed.)

2005

Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005
Tuohy, D. Graham, M. Cassidy, I
(2005) Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005

2005

Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005
Tuohy, D. Graham, M. M. Cassidy, I
(2005) Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005

2005

Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005.
Cassidy, I
(2005) Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005.

2005

The Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group).
Cassidy, I
(2005) The Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group).
*(Ed.)

2005

Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group),
Graham, M Cassidy, I Tuohy, D
(2005) Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group),
*(Ed.)

2005

Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005
Cassidy, I.
(2005) Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005

2004

The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference.
Cassidy, I
(2004) The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference.

2004

5th Annual International Research Conference Transforming healthcare through research, education and technology
Cassidy, I
(2004) 5th Annual International Research Conference Transforming healthcare through research, education and technology

2003

22nd International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Faculty of Nursing, Royal College Surgeons Ireland. Oral paper presentation.
Cassidy, I
(2003) 22nd International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Faculty of Nursing, Royal College Surgeons Ireland. Oral paper presentation.

2003

Royal College Surgeons in Ireland. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, 22nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research conference.
Cassidy, I
(2003) Royal College Surgeons in Ireland. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, 22nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research conference.
*(Ed.)

The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference
Cassidy, I
The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference
*(Ed.)

Published Reports

2009

An Evaluation of Clinical Competence Assessment in BSc Nursing Registration Education Programmes.
Butler, M P., Fahy, A., Tuohy, D., O'Connor, M., Cassidy, I., Bradshaw, C., Quillinan, B., Tierney, C., Egan, G., Mc Namara, M. C.
(2009) An Evaluation of Clinical Competence Assessment in BSc Nursing Registration Education Programmes.
Limerick : University of Limerick