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ANNOUNCEMENT

 

2020 - 2030 Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarship programme - A decade of building capacity in Nursing and Midwifery Research

 

As Director of Research, I am delighted to announce the recipients of our 2021 TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarships and  our TCD Ussher and 1252 Studentships.

This year we awarded nine scholarships four  Full-Time Scholarships and five  Part-Time Scholarships. The Successful awardees are currently working across  hospital and community settings.

Full Time Scholarship
Name of Award: School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarship (Full-Time)

Congratulations to Silvia Alós Pereñiguez who has been awarded this prestigious Scholarship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her supervisor Dr Deirdre Daly every success with the project.

Name of Student: Silvia Alós Pereñiguez

Project title: Intrapartum syntocinon administration among women with spontaneous onset of labour.

Description: This study aims to evaluate synthetic oxytocin use in women with spontaneous onset of labour in Ireland and, through women’s and clinicians’ experiences, views and perspectives, develop a step-by-step best practice guideline for use and administration.

Theme: Maternal, Child and Family Health

Supervisor Name: Dr Deirdre Daly

Name of Award: Ussher Studentship (Code 1244)

Congratulations to Carita Bramhill who have been awarded this prestigious Scholarship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her Supervisors Prof Anne-Marie Brady and Dr Anne-Marie Russell every success with this project.


Name of Student: Carita Bramhill

Project title: Living Beyond a Diagnosis of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Mixed Method Exploration of Patient Related Experience and Unmet Health Care Needs

Description: A mixed methods study which aims to understand and explore the impact of unmet healthcare needs upon the quality of life of patients living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in the Republic of Ireland. 

Theme: Healthcare Innovation and Integration  

Supervisor Names: Prof Anne-Marie Brady and Dr Anne-Marie Russell

Name of Award: Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery 1252 PhD Studentship

Congratulations to Julika Johanna Hudson who have been awarded this prestigious Studentship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish her and her supervisors: Prof Joan Lalor, Dr Andrea Mulligan and Prof Soo Downe, every success with this project.

Name of Student: Julika Johanna Hudson

Project title: Autonomy for Two - A Longitudinal Study of Women’s Understanding of the Maternal and Fetal Dyad and its implications for maternal autonomy in post-repeal Ireland.

Description: Maternal and fetal interests often seem to be framed opposing each other, even in the absence of a legal framework supporting fetal rights. This study sets out to explore how women approach decision-making where a perceived or real conflict between fetal and maternal wellbeing exists and how they navigate the moral-ethical space of their symbiosis.  A grounded theory study is designed for this purpose using vignettes as an additional means of investigation. Conducted in Ireland where the legal status of the fetus has only recently changed, it is hoped that the emerging theory will help to promote maternity services in which maternal autonomy and rights are safeguarded in the interest of both mother and baby.

Theme: Maternal, Child and Family Health

Supervisor Names: Prof Joan Lalor, Dr Andrea Mulligan and Prof Soo Downe

Name of Award: Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing and Midwifery 1252 PhD Studentship

Congratulations to Basa Muluken Bafa who have been awarded this prestigious Studentship. The School would like to take the opportunity to wish him and his Supervisor: Prof Catherine Comiskey every success with this project.



Name of Student: Basa Muluken Bafa

Project title: The Impact of COVID-19 on Non-Communicable Diseases Patients and the Role of Community Nurses

Description: The aim of this study is to assess the impact of COVID-19 and its prevention measures on community health services for non-communicable disease patients and the role of community nursing. The context of the study will be the developing country, with a view to sharing learning and identifying enablers and barriers to implementing best practice between international models.

Theme: Healthcare Innovation and Integration  

Supervisor Name: Prof Catherine Comiskey

Part Time Scholarship
Name of Award: School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarship (Part-Time)

Congratulations to Stephanie Allen, Edel Carey, Philip James, Ursula Nagle and Sebastian Punnakal Philip who have each been awarded the prestigious School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin PhD Award (Part-Time). The School would like to take the opportunity to wish each candidate and their supervisors every success with their projects.


Name of Student: Stephanie Allen

Project title: The experiences and perspectives of fathers from various family structures who participated in a parent programme for children with ADHD.

Description: Parent programmes which utilize a combination of education, support and training to teach parents systemic methods to manage and respond to their child’s difficulties are the most efficacious psychosocial intervention for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The majority of parental programmes, and the studies which evaluate them, consist primarily of mothers; the fathers are remarkably under-represented. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the experiences and perspectives of fathers from various family structures who participated in a parent programme for children with ADHD.

Theme: Mental Health and Recovery

Supervisor Names: Dr Louise Doyle and Prof Agnes Higgins


Name of Student: Edel Carey

Project title: A grounded theory study to identify how Public Health Nurses (PHN’s) and Community Registered General Nurses’ (CRGN’s) resolve issues of concern in relation to supporting older adults living with dementia who exhibit Non Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia (NCSD) in the community setting.

Description: PHNs and CRNs working in the community care services provide direct and indirect care to older adults living with dementia who experience NCSD and are ideally placed to lead the provision of innovative and person-centred care to these older adults. However, there is a lack of empirical evidence to support this work or that explores the experiences of these nurses or how they resolve issues of concern within this context (Denning & Hibberd 2016, Phelan et al. 2018). This study will address this lack of knowledge by conceptualising how PHN’s and CRGN’s resolve issues of concern in relation to supporting older adults living with dementia and who experience NCSD in the community setting. The outcome of the study will provide a theoretical framework that can provide enhanced understanding of the research phenomenon with which to inform the development of future policy, practice and related research. Additionally, it will contribute to and make way for innovations in practice by contribution of new knowledge to guide practice in this complex care area and support ageing in place for these older adults.

Theme: Healthcare Innovation and Integration

Supervisor Names: Dr Louise Daly and Dr Brian Keogh


Name of Student: Philip James

Project title: Developing an integrated care plan for the treatment of substance use disorders in adolescents.

Description: Adolescent substance use is a common phenomenon in most western countries including Ireland. Approximately 1 in 5 16-year olds have used an illicit drug and three-quarters have used alcohol. Increased substance use as an adolescent is associated with a variety of negative social and psychological outcomes. Services are being developed in order to provide high quality treatment to adolescents who use substances. This project aims to develop a generic framework for a needs led integrated care plan and service model for the treatment of adolescents presenting with substance use disorders.

Theme: Healthcare Innovation and Integration

Supervisor Name: Prof Catherine Comiskey


Name of Student: Ursula Nagle

Project title:The impact of perinatal trauma on Mothers: A mixed-methods study investigating and exploring the prevalence, women’s experiences and related factors associated with birth trauma in an Irish maternity setting.

Description: Research suggests between 20 and 40% of women find childbirth psychologically traumatic. Prevalence rates as well as the etiology and manifestation of birth-related PTSD have yet to be established in Ireland. There is an identified need to establish the prevalence in Ireland and to understand women’s experiences of traumatic birth, in order to inform and develop future services for women.The aim of this study is to measure the prevalence, manifestations and etiology of birth-related PTSD in an Irish maternity service, and to explore and understand the experiences of postnatal women with a history of interpersonal trauma who also experience birth as a traumatic event.

Theme: Maternal, Child and Family Health

Supervisor Names: Prof Joan Lalor, Prof Susan Ayers and Prof Antje Horsch.  


Name of Student: Sebastian Punnakal Philip

Project title: The Impact of Anxiety and Depression on Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Heart Failure

Description: This prospective cohort study aims to identify the prevalence of anxiety and depression among patients with Heart Failure (HF), to examine the clinical and socio-demographic predictors of anxiety and depression in patients with HF, and to examine longitudinally, the impact of anxiety & depression on predetermined clinical outcomes (HRQoL, HF progression, hospital re-admissions, and mortality) in HF patients.

Theme: Healthcare Innovation and Integration

Supervisor Name: Dr Sharon O’Donnell

 On behalf of the entire school community, congratulations on your fantastic achievement.

Professor Joan Lalor

Director of Research