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Prof. Catriona Kennedy


Catriona Kennedy has joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Limerick in January 2012. Catriona has come to UL from the role of Professor of Nursing and School Director for Research and Knowledge Transfer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University.

Most of her clinical work was as a district (community) nurse and she worked in different areas of Scotland and was also a Practical Work Teacher for district nursing students. Catriona has worked in education and research since 1991 at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, the Education Department of Marie Curie Cancer Care and since 2001, at Edinburgh Napier University. Catriona completed her PhD studies in 2000 with a thesis entitled ‘The nature and use of knowledge by district nurses in decision making relating to first assessment visits'. Since completion of her PhD Catriona has developed her research and publication profile. Her particular teaching and research interests lie in qualitative research and systematic reviewing, nursing roles, end of life and palliative care, long term conditions and community nursing.

Catriona is involved in a number of funded projects and her publication profile includes contributions to internationally recognised sources such as the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and international journals including the Journal of Advanced Nursing and Journal of Clinical Nursing. She has undertaken a significant amount of work for the Scottish Government evaluating community nursing services. She also has experience of mentoring researchers and supervising research students to successful completion of PhDs. She is currently supervising six students in topics relating to enduring conditions, supportive, cancer and palliative care.

Teaching Interests

Community nursing, Palliative and cancer care, knowledge and decision making, qualitative and quantitative approaches, integrative and systematic reviewing.