Bridie O’Sullivan, (RGN, RM, H. Dip. Gerontological Nursing, Masters in Gerontology, Diploma in Quality and Leadership, Adjunct Clinical Professor, University College, Cork )
Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery
South South West Hospital Group
Bridie O’Sullivan was appointed Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the South/South West Hospitals Group (SSWHG) in October 2014 and provides professional and clinical leadership for all aspects of Nursing, Midwifery services for the ten hospitals within the SSWHG. She is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic vision for Nursing, Midwifery and Support staff in collaboration with Directors of Nursing and Midwifery SSWHG and with the Chair in Nursing and Head of College, University College Cork. She is a member of the SSWHG Management Team and has a key role in achieving the corporate and clinical objectives for the Group.
She was formerly the Director of Nursing at Mercy University Hospital, Cork during the previous 5 years and has over 30 years experience in the health service. She began her career at Mercy University Hospital following qualification as a midwife. During her tenure she held a variety of both clinical and management roles and has a track record of strong clinical leadership. Bridie has extensive clinical experience particularly in the area of gerontology where she led the introduction of gerontological nursing following the opening of the Acute Assessment Unit for older adults.
Bridie’s professional and academic qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Gerontological Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology. She completed the Diploma in Leadership and Quality from the Royal College of Physicians in 2013. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork.