Welcome to Research
At the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, we are committed to scholarship which enhances the lives of those we care for through a leading and innovative research programme. Six core areas are focused upon within the School and include;
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Maternal and child health
- Healthy ageing
- Cancer - enhancing cancer awareness and survivorship programmes
- Chronic illness management - children, young people and adults
- End-of-Life Healthcare Ethics
Our Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students can avail of the opportunity to actively engage with the research activities that surround these areas of specialist interest and contribute in a real way to the School's research agenda.
Together with our national and international partners, our community of scholars strives to advance nursing and midwifery knowledge and practice with the aim of improving the quality of care delivered. We invite you to learn more about our research programme and the people behind the projects.
The transfer of pre-registration nurse education to university has not only brought about a change in the philosophy of education but it has also involved the recognition of the need to create and maintain a commitment to nursing and midwifery research. This commitment is articulated in the recently published Research Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland (2003) by the Department of Health and Children.
A key recommendation of that document is the 'developement and establishment of nursing and midwifery research units/programmes within higher education institutes' (Department of Health and Children, 2003, pg. 12). In addition, both the Health Research Board (2000) and the World Health Organisation (1999), with the aim of improving the quality of health care delivered, also refer to the need for a type of nursing care that is underpinned by research.