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Welcome to Research at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

The School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College was established in 1996 and is now a leading force in national and international healthcare research. Innovation is central to our mission in research and education. Through intellectual inquiry and clinical practice, our staff and students strive to advance nursing and midwifery practice and improve healthcare across the lifespan in our communities, both nationally and internationally.

This work takes place on the School’s City Centre campus and across the metropolitan area, the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, and at our affiliated hospitals and research centres.

We have held our position as 1st in Ireland and 46th in the QS rankings by subject. Our academic staff are renowned researchers, expert practitioners and experienced mentors. They are, individually and collectively, leading experts in their fields, dedicated to the development of the next generation of nurses and midwives through advancing nursing and midwifery knowledge.

As the largest school in one of the world's leading research-intensive universities, our researchers have developed international collaborations and have been awarded funding for large scale projects from national and international funding bodies such as the Health Research Board, Health Service Executive, EU and COST.

We remain committed to improving health globally through providing first rate evidence-based education programmes focussed on generating knowledge that nurses and midwives will need to transform healthcare towards people-centred health systems.

Dr. Sharon ODonnell

Director of Research

Tel: +353 1 8962692

Dr Sharon O'Donnell is an Associate Professor in Critical Care Nursing, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has strong clinical, teaching and research expertise in Critical Care Nursing, Gender & Heart Disease, with a particular emphasis on Acute Coronary Syndrome. She is currently the Educational Facilitator for the MSc in Specialist Nursing (Cardiovascular) programme and facilitates cardiovascular lectures for Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care and Peri-operative Specialist programme modules. She has vast clinical experience in Coronary Care Nursing and is recognised nationally and internationally for her strong research in this area. Sharon has been awarded two Health Research Board Research Fellowships for her ground-breaking doctoral and post-doctoral work in cardiovascular research. She has published widely and has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences.

Much of Sharon's research has focused on improving the pathway of care for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome securing her approximately .75 million euro in grant funding. Sharon has succeeded in translating Critical Care research findings to practice, by developing an innovative new Clinical Prediction Rule for use in Emergency Departments(ED). This technological innovation, the 'Acute Coronary Syndrome Application' (AcSAP) improves ECG acquisition times for ACS patients in ED and in so-doing, improves the pathway of care for these critically ill patients. The Application has the potential to improve ECG times in GP practices and during EMT transport to hospital. Sharon is particularly interested in conducting randomised controlled trial and interventional designed studies that focus on the effectiveness of digital health solutions and smart technology to improve ACS treatment times and recovery.