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Dr. Margaret Mc Cann
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery

Biography

Dr Margaret McCann joined the School in 2005 having previous lectured in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate level which includes small and large groups of students. Teaching areas include management of chronic illness including patient/client education and self-managment, renal care including haemodialysis, nephrology, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, urology and infection prevention and control. Other teaching interests include the methodology underpinning randomised controlled trials, interventional designed studies and systematic reviews investigating the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.

Dr McCann has supervised MSc and PhD students. Her research interests are in chronic illness management, the use of digital health and smart technology in supporting patients/clients education, self-management and independence. She has a particular interest in randomised controlled trial and interventional designed studies that focus on the effectiveness of digital health and smart technology, and healthcare interventions. Other research interests include renal care, infection prevention and control, and Systematic Reviews.

Dr McCann was Head of the General Nursing Discipline, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin from 2014-2017.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCabe C, Patel KD, Fletcher S, Winters N, Sheaf G, Varley J, McCann M., Online Interprofessional education related to chronic illness for health professionals: a scoping review, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2020, p10.1080/13561820.2020.1749575 Journal Article, 2020

Doyle, L. McCabe C., Keogh, B., Brady, A-M., McCann, M., An Overview of the Qualitative Descriptive Design within Nursing Research, Journal of Research in Nursing, 25, (5), 2020, p443 - 455 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

George S. & McCann M., A nurse prescriber‐led protocol for anaemia management in established haemodialysis patients: A retrospective study, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2020, pDOI: 10.1111/jocn.15275 Journal Article, 2020

Doyle N., Murphy M., Brennan L., Waugh A., McCann M., Prizeman G., Mellotte G. , The "MiKidney" smartphone app pilot study: Empowering patients with Chronic Kidney Disease., Journal of Renal Care, 45, (3), 2019, p133 - 140 Journal Article, 2019 URL

McCabe C, McCann M, Brady AM, Computer and mobile technology interventions for self-management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Art. No.: CD011425, (5), 2017, pdoi/10.1002/14651858.CD011425. Journal Article, 2017 URL

McCann M, Fitzpatrick F, Mellotte G, Clarke M. , Is 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl alcohol more effective at preventing central venous catheter-related infections than routinely used chlorhexidine gluconate solutions: A pilot multicenter randomized trial (ISRCTN2657745)? , American Journal of Infection Control, 44, (8), 2016, p948 - 949 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

McCabe C, McCann M, Brady AM., Computer and mobile technology interventions for self management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Protocol), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD011425. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD011425, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Brady, AM., McCabe C. & McCann M., Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing A Systems Approach, 1st , Oxford, Wiley Blackwell , 2014 Book, 2014

McCann M, The 'CHG Trial' The effectiveness of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl alcohol in the preventiion of CVC-related infections in outpatient haemodialysis patients compared to routinely used chlorhexidine gluconate solutions: A pilot multi-centre randomised trial, Trinity College Dublin, 2014 Thesis, 2014

Nursing care of conditions related to the urinary system in, editor(s)Brady AM. McCabe C. McCann M. , Fundamentals of Medical-Surgical Nursing A Systems Approach, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell, 2014, pp262 - 325, [McCann M., White C. Fleure L] Book Chapter, 2014

McCann, M., Clarke, M., Mellotte, G., Plant, L. & Fitzpatrick, F. , Routine Practice in Irish Haemodialysis Units: A National Survey, INNA Annual Conference, Cork University Hospital, 2nd March 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 URL

Breen, B. & McCann, M., Healthcare providers attitudes and perceptions of 'inappropriate attendance' in the Emergency Department, International Journal of Emergency Nursing , 21, (3), 2013, p180 - 185 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

McCann, M., Clarke, M., Mellotte, G., Plant, L. & Fitzpatrick, F., Infection Prevention and Control: A National Survey of Routine Practices in Irish Haemodialysis Units, 23rd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Berlin, 27 - 30 April 2013 , 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 URL

McCann, M., Clarke, M., Mellotte, G., Plant, L. & Fitzpatrick, F. , Vascular access and infection prevention and control: a national survey of routine practices in Irish haemodialysis units, Clinical Kidney Journal , 6, (2), 2013, p176 - 182 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Pasticci F, Fantuzzi AL, Pegoraro M, McCann M, Bedogni G, Nutritional management of stage 5 chronic kidney disease., Journal of renal care, 38, (1), 2012, p50-8 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

McCann, M., Clarke, M. & Fitzpatrick, F. , Recruitment in a randomised controlled trial: Overcoming the challenges, TCD Doctoral Colloquium, 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dublin, 6th November 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Murphy F, Trevitt R, Chamney M, McCann M, Patient Health and Well-Being while waiting for Renal Transplantation: Part I., Journal of Renal Care, 37, (4), 2011, p224-31 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Donlon S, Redmond A, McCann M, Einarsdottir H, Prevention of infection in patients with chronic kidney disease part III: surveillance and auditing in a renal care environment., Journal of renal care, 37, (3), 2011, p167-73 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Redmond A, Donlon S, Boyle G, McCann M, Einarsdottir H, Prevention of infection in patients with chronic kidney disease. Part II: healthcare-associated infections., Journal of renal care, 37, (1), 2011, p52-62 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Pugh-Clarke K., Donlon S., McCann M, Prevention of infection in patients with chronic kidney disease Part 1: application of infection control principles to the renal care environment, Journal of Renal Care, 36, (4), 2010, p191 - 198 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

McCann M, Einarsdottir H, Van Waeleghem JP, Murphy F, Sedgewick J, Vascular Access Management III: Central Venous Catheters., Journal of Renal Care, 36, (1), 2010, p25-33 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

McCann M, Moore ZE, Interventions preventing infectious complications in haemodialysis patients with central venous lines. (Review) , Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1), 2010 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

McCann M, Evidence Based Practice: A Personal Experience of Developing a Protocol for a Cochrane Review, EDTNA/ERCA 38th International Conference, Hamburg, 8th September 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Providing information and support to patients in, editor(s)Timmins F and McCabe C , Day Surgery: Contemporary Approaches to Nursing Care, London , Elsevier, 2009, pp137 - 169, [McCann M] Book Chapter, 2009

McCann M, Incidence and Prevalence of AVF/AVG, Haemodialysis Cannulation Workshop, Irish Nephrology Nurses Association, Cork University Hospital, 7th May 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

McCann, M., Einarsdóttir, H., Van Waeleghem, JP., Murphy, F. and Sedgewick, J., Vascular Access Management II: AVF/AVG cannulation techniques and complications, Journal of Renal Care, 35, (2), 2009, p90 - 98 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Murphy F., Jenkins K., Chamney M., McCann M. and Sedgewick J., Patient management in CKD stages 1 to 3, Journal of Renal Care, 34, (3), 2008, p127 - 135 Journal Article, 2008

Murphy F., Jenkins K., McCann M. and Sedgewick J., Patient Management in CKD Stages 4 to 5., Journal of Renal Care, 34, (4), 2008, p191 - 198 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

McCann M, Moore ZE, Interventions preventing infectious complications in haemodialysis patients with central venous lines. (Protocol), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1 Art. No.:CG006894. DOI: 101002/14651858. CD006894, 2008 Journal Article, 2008

McCann, M., Einarsdóttir, H., Van Waeleghem, JP., Murphy, F. and Sedgewick, J., Vascular Access Management 1: An Overview, Journal of Renal Care, 34, (2), 2008, p77 - 84 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

McCann M., Hawkshaw S., Hennigan M., Nurses' knowledge of infection control measures preventing urinary tract infections in catheterized patients , Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 26th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference 2007, Dublin , 21st-23rd February , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

McCann M., The challenges encountered during a collaborative research project, Journal of Renal Care , 33, (3), 2007, p139 - 142 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

McCann M., Hawkshaw S., & Hennigan M., An exploration of nurses' experiences, knowledge and practices of urinary catheterisation, management and care., The Royal College of Nursing Research Society 2007 International Nursing Research Conference , Dundee Scotland , 1st May to 4th May , 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

McCann M. Hennigan M. Hawkshaw S. Burke B. & Kelly M. , Nurses experiences and knowledge of urinary catheterisation, management and care: a descriptive study , 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , Dublin , 8th November 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

McCann M, Practical Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development, 35th EDTNA/ERCA Conference , Madrid , 11th September 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

McCann M., The challenges encountered during the planning and implementation of the pilot phase of a descriptive study , 35th EDTNA/ERCA Conference , Madrid , 10th September 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

McCann M. Pegoraro M. Saraiva M. Goovaerts T. & Green D., The Challenges of Patient Education in Renal Care, Education Board Workshop, 35th EDTNA/EDTNA Conference , Madrid , 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

McCann M. Sedgewick J., The European Post-Basic Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing 2nd Edition: Progress Report , EDTNA/ERCA Journal , XXX, (12), 2005, p115 - 117 Journal Article, 2005 DOI

McCann M. , Knowing the Patient with Chronic Renal Impairment in a Nephrology Ward Setting , 35th National Symposium American Nephrology Nurses Association , Washington DC USA, 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Thomas N. Kuntzle W. McCann M. (eds), The European Core Curriculum for a Post Basic Course in Nephrology Nursing , 2nd Edition , Luzern , EDTNA/ERCA, 2004, 1 - 38pp Book, 2004

McCann M. , The Renal Nurse in a Nephrology Ward Setting, European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) 32nd European Conference , Birmingham UK , 2003, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

McCann M. , Experiences of Nurses Caring for Patients with Renal Impairment , Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI Annual Research Conference , Dublin , 2002, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

McCann M. Diggin N., Skill Mix and Nursing Workload, In Skill Mix Group Report , Dublin , Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals , 2001, 2001 Report, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCann M, Chlorhexidine Gluconate Central Venous Catheter Exit Site Antisepsis: A Randomised Controlled Trial, INNA Annual Conference , Hotel Kilmore Cavan , 15 April , 2016, Irish Nephrology Nurses Association Invited Talk, 2016

McCann M., McCabe C., Smith V., Eustace-Cook J., Fitzpatrick F. Clarke M, 'Chlorhexidine Gluconate as an antiseptic skin solution for the prevention of catheter-related infections in patients with intravascular catheters', PROSPERO International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews, University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination , 2016, 1 - 6 Protocol or guideline, 2016 URL

McCann M., Central Venous Catheter Care and Maintenance: What is the Evidence?, British Renal Society, University of Leeds, 1st July , 2015, British Renal Society Invited Talk, 2015 URL

McCann M and Murphy F, Anatomical Site for Arterio-venous Fistula and Arterio-venous Graft , Haemodialysis Cannulation Workshop , Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel, 12th June 2008, 2008, Irish Nephrology Nurses Assocation Invited Talk, 2008

McCann M, Incidence and Prevalence of Arterio-venous Fistula and Arterio-venous Graft, Haemodialysis Cannulation Workshop , Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel, 12th June 2008, 2008, Irish Nephrology Nurses Association Invited Talk, 2008

McCann M, Irish Nephrology Nurses Association , Hot Topics in Renal Nursing Symposium A National Study Day for Renal Nurses , Croke Park Conference Centre , 1st December , 2006, Abbott Laboratories Ireland Invited Talk, 2006

M. McCann, Nurse Education Today and In The Future , Hot Topics in Renal Nursing Symposium A National Study Day for Renal Nurses , Croke Park Conference Centre, 1st December , 2006, Abbott Laboratories Ireland Invited Talk, 2006

McCann M., Nephrology Nurse Education, Current and Future Trends, Haemodialysis Nurses Forum Seminar , Dublin , 2005, 2005 Invited Talk, 2005

Research Expertise

Description

Research interest in chronic illness management, self-managment and digital health. Healthcare technology including mobile technology for self management in persons with chronic illness e.g., chronic kidney disease and respiratory diseases. The use of technology to improve social/cultural experiences of clients with dementia living in residential settings. Other research areas include vascular access in haemodialysis patients, dialysis adequacy, renal nurse prescribing and impact on anaemia management in persons with ESKD, infection prevention and control, systematic reviews including Cochrane Reviews, and interventional research.

Projects

  • Title
    • Community nurses' attitudes, knowledge and educational needs in relation to urinary continence, continence assessment, and management, A Systematic Review
  • Summary
    • A systematic review on community nurses attitudes, knowledge and education needs n relation to urinary continence, continence assessment, and management. Project is part of Community Healthcare Organisation Area 7 collaborative project.
  • Funding Agency
    • HSE
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Date To
    • June 2020
  • Title
    • Improving practice led research for the benefit of service users -Research capacity building for Nursing in collaboration with Community Health Care Organisation 7
  • Summary
    • To build research capacity and enhance professional practice, healthcare and patient outcomes through the development of an enabling research infrastructure for nurse led research and innovation in collaboration with Community Health care Organisation 7.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • Date From
    • June 2019
  • Date To
    • July 2021
  • Title
    • Examine the impact and experiences of people 1-year post sepsis diagnosis within an Irish healthcare context
  • Summary
    • Mixed methods multi-centre study to identify the long-term impacts of sepsis on patients within an Irish regional context and identify patients' experiences of sepsis and sepsis survivorship. To identify the factors which contribute to early recognition, intervention or treatment
  • Funding Agency
    • Nursing Midwifery Planning and Development, Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • Date From
    • July 2019
  • Date To
    • July 2021
  • Title
    • A retrospective chart review of the management of newly diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, asthma patients, and overlap patients (COPD and asthma) in the respiratory outpatient department 2018-ongoing
  • Funding Agency
    • Non funded research
  • Date From
    • May 2018
  • Title
    • The knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practices of health care professionals on Carbapenamase Producing Enterobacteriaceae
  • Summary
    • Survey of healthcare professionals knowledge, attitudes and self-reported practices on Carbapenamase Producing Enterobacteriaceae
  • Funding Agency
    • Non funded research
  • Date From
    • September 2019
  • Title
    • Design and test an innovative interdisciplinary online education programme on digital health for chronic disease management (Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental health
  • Funding Agency
    • iHeed Health Training Limitied
  • Date From
    • May 2018
  • Date To
    • May 2019
  • Title
    • Dry gauze or Inadine/Betadine tulle dressing for the prevention of infection in patients with an external fixator
  • Summary
    • Retrospective chart review investigating the use of dry gauze or Inadine/betadine tulle dressings for the prevention of pin-site infections in patients with lower limb external fixators
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • Nov 2019
  • Date To
    • Nov 2020
  • Title
    • Polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) Antimicrobial Foam Dressing for the prevention of infection in patients with an external fixator
  • Summary
    • The study is an interventional quasi-experimental design whereby study participants will have their pin sites dressed with a PHMB antimicrobial foam dressing. 2018: Recruitment, data collection and data entry
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • July 2018
  • Date To
    • July 2021
  • Title
    • Observation of mealtime assistance at breakfast: A cross hospital project.
  • Summary
    • Observation of mealtime assistance at breakfast: A cross hospital project. Collaborative project between School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin and three Acute General Hospital sites in Dublin
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • August 2016
  • Date To
    • August 2017
  • Title
    • The Clinical Utility of a Smartphone application called "MiKidney" in the management of patients with kidney disease.
  • Summary
    • To develop the 'MiKidney' app, to assist patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to self-manage their own health and wellness. Specifically, to: empower patients, provide the necessary information and education, improve the quality of patient-healthcare professional interaction and increase access to information and advice. Led academic of an interprofessional collaborative project between the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin and St James Hospital Dublin (PI Nuala Doyle CNM11 St James Hospital Dublin)
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • March 2016
  • Date To
    • September 2017
  • Title
    • Cochrane Systematic Review on computer and mobile technology intervention for self management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Summary
    • To evaluate the effectiveness of computer- and mobile technology-delivered interventions versus face-to-face or hard copy/digital documentary-delivered interventions, or both, in facilitating, supporting, and sustaining self management in people with COPD
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • January 2015
  • Date To
    • January 2017
  • Title
    • The effectiveness of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl in the prevention of CVC-related infectiions in outpatient haemodialysis patients compared to routinely used chlorhexidine gluconate solutiosn: A pilot mult-centre randomised trial
  • Summary
    • To evaluate the effectiveness of 2% CHG in 70% isopropyl alcohol as a skin, exit site and catheter hub cleansing agent in the reduction of CVC-related infection in outpatient haemodialysis patients, in comparison to routinely used CHG solutions and the feasibility of undertaking a future multi-national, multi-centre study on this topic.
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Cochrane Systematic Review on the Interventions for preventing infectious complications in haemodialysis patients with central venous lines
  • Summary
    • Was awarded HRB Cochrane Fellowship Grant of 94,872 Euro to undertake a systemative review on the interventions preventing infections in haemodialysis patients with central venous lines
  • Funding Agency
    • HRB
  • Date From
    • Nov 2006
  • Date To
    • October 2008
  • Title
    • An investigation of the role of hospice day care in the care of patient with life limiting illness
  • Summary
    • Member of Research Team that was awarded 80,000 Euro to examine the role of hospice day care in the care of patients with life limiting illness
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Cancer Society
  • Date From
    • December 2006
  • Date To
    • September 2008
  • Title
    • Exploring Nurses experiences and Knowledge of Urinary Catheterisation, Management and Care
  • Summary
    • To explore nurses experiences and knowledge of urinary catheterisation, management, and care and the opportunities for continuing professional development in this specific area of practice.
  • Funding Agency
    • non funded research
  • Date From
    • May 2005
  • Date To
    • September 2006

Keywords

CATHETER INFECTIONS; Chronic Illness self-management; CLINICAL TRIALS; healthcare-associated infections; HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL; HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTION; INFECTION CONTROL; Nurse Education; PATIENT EDUCATION; Renal Nursing

Recognition

Representations

External Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Primary Care, Practice Nursing (modules NM3146, NM3189, NM3944, NM3945) and Post Graduate Diploma Primary Care Practice Nursing programme, at City University London 2016 to present

Member of the Education Accreditation Committee, European Dialysis Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association 2008 to present

Education Officer for and co-organiser of the Irish Nephrology Nurses Association national conference and regional clinical skills workshops 2005 to present

Reviewer Journal of Clinical Nursing 2005 to present

Reviewer Journal of Advanced Nursing 2005 to present

Member of SARI Sub Committee developing guidelines on Prevention of Intravenous Catheter-related Infection, Health Protection Surveillance Centre September 2008 to 2010

External Examiner for stand alone modules in respiratory nursing care, dementia and nursing care of children with renal disease, School of Nursing, Dublin City University. 2008 to 2011

External Examiner for Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Renal, Orthopaedics, Practice Nursing and Infection control) and stand alone module on cervical screening, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2007 to 2009

Member of Education and Research Board, European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/Renal Care Association 2005 to 2009

Awards and Honours

HRB Cochrane Fellowship September 2006

Memberships

Member of Accreditation Committee, European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association 2008 – present

Education Officer, Irish Nephrology Nurses Assocation

Co-organiser of the annual National Conferenece and Regional Clinical Skills workshop for the Irish Nephrology Nurses Association 2005 – present

Member of the American Nephrology Nurses Association

Member of the Infection Prevention Society

Irish Nurses Organisation