Professor Mary McCarron
Dean of the Faculty of Health Science
The School of Nursing & Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin plays a pivotal role in delivering world class nursing and midwifery education and research and we are proud of the real impact this has on the lives of patients in Ireland and around the world. It is with great pride that I can say that I completed the first Ph.D. awarded by the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin. It is with similar pride that I can say that first and foremost, I am an RNID and an advocate for people with intellectual disability (ID) which the School has supported me in, both as a student and a staff member. The resources and support from the School of Nursing & Midwifery and the international and national significance of Trinity College Dublin has also supported me in attaining other firsts too, including:
- Becoming Principal Investigator (PI) for the first ever Longitudinal Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability to be conducted in Ireland or in the European Union and the only study to date with the potential to compare the ageing process in people with ID with other groups.
- Election as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, the first nurse to hold this post. The Faculty comprises the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and related health discipline departments.
The School has been a place where I have been able to stay true to my commitment to the changing lives of people with ID from my thesis as a PhD student to my funded HRB research studies. The School is also a place that values community-clinical linkages and I have appreciated the opportunity to advance such thinking by taking a role as Service and Policy Advisor on Dementia to the Daughters of Charity Service and through building relationships with St. Francis Hospice at Raheny. Indeed there are many linkages in the School with hospitals, services providers and community based health delivery.
Being part of the School also helps me in building the interdisciplinary linkages that are so emphasised in today’s research environments, while also making sure that nursing and nurse-led research is integral to Trinity College’s research agenda on Ageing. The newly-established Trinity EngAGE Centre for Research in Ageing includes the ageing of persons with ID as a flagship programme. With this infrastructure, the School of Nursing and Midwifery is becoming an international leader in this area of ageing and provides opportunities for students to become engaged in research making a real difference in people’s lives. This is something that is highly valued by the School.
The School of Nursing & Midwifery is dedicated to preparing nurses for leadership roles and equipping them with the self-confidence and knowledge that will enable them to influence research, teaching, practice and policy. As the School’s first PhD and in my role of Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, I am determined to exemplify all that the School of Nursing & Midwifery wishes us to be.