Prof. Geralyn Hynes is an Associate Professor in Palliative Care in the School Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded MSc and PhD degrees from Trinity College, and the Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Following experience in general nursing and midwifery, she worked overseas in development and developed an interest in action research. She joined the Faculty of Nursing in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as a lecturer in 1998 and the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College in 2012.
She led an innovative practice development degree programme that was funded by the Eastern Health Board and launched in 1999 for experienced nurses. This programme was informed by action research principles and involved the roll-out innovations across services that were led by the participating nurses. Her action research writing and interests remain focused on service and practice development. She has a particular interest in non-specialist palliative care, and the interface between illness and disease oriented practice. She was awarded a Diploma in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and has interests in developing methods for meaning oriented research in the context of chronic illness and non-specialist palliative care. She leads the School’s Population and Community Health Research Theme and within this, she leads two sub-themes: End of Life and Palliative Care in Malignancy and Non Malignancy, and Cancer.
She is also experienced in evaluative research and a member of research teams examining palliative care service development in Ireland (completed) and the development of integrated care pathways for people with dementia in acute hospitals and communities and end of life care in two hospitals. Her recent action research projects include a Photovoice project among people with respiratory illness; a needs analysis of parents of children receiving cancer treatment and the introduction of person-centred initiatives within an ID service.
Her other research-based commitments include the supervision of 4 PhD students at present. She is a member of the European Respiratory Society and European Association for Palliative Care.