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Building and Developing the Research Capacity of Hospital-based Nurses 

The Dublin South, Kildare and Wicklow Nursing and Midwifery Conference was held in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on the 15th of September 2016  ‘Innovation: Inspiring and Sharing Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Practice’. The conference focused on innovation through practice and service development; education and learning; and technology. The conference highlighted the many innovative practices developed by nurses and midwives across the country.

(Left to right) Professor Jonathan Drennan, Gillian O’Brien, Fiona Kavanagh, Deirdre Madden, Dr Amanda Roberts

The Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) and its nurse collaborators Bettina Korn (St James Hospital), Fiona Kavanagh (Naas General Hospital) and Maebh Prendergast (Tallaght Hospital) gave a presentation on their collaborative research model. This model aims to build and develop the research capacity of hospital-based nurses. Part of this capacity building involves the TCPHI researcher identifying and forming links between hospital-based nurses and academic staff for the purpose of conducting collaborative research. Currently there are three TCPHI healthcare researchers based across three hospital sites – St James Hospital, Tallaght Hospital and Naas General Hospital.