Ms. Bridie McCarthy

PhD, MSc, BA Counsel, BNS, RNT, RGN Adjunct Lecturer,

Dr Bridie McCarthy completed her PhD in 2012, holds a Masters in Nursing and a degree in counselling. She is also a Registered Nurse Tutor and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She completed her General and Midwifery nursing and midwifery training and education in London and Hertfordshire, UK.

Clinical experience:

Dr McCarthy has a wealth of clinical experience working firstly as staff nurse in UK, Australia, Germany and Ireland in acute general and specialist surgical and medical units, operating theatre (OT), accident and emergency department and later as ward/unit manager in OT. 


Dr McCarthy has extensive teaching/lecturing experience firstly, as Nurse Tutor in the School of Nursing in Cork University Hospital and later in the Bon Secours Hospital. She taught on the ‘Certificate’ and ‘Diploma’ in nursing programmes. She joined the School or Nursing & Midwifery staff in 2002 with the beginning of the degree (BSc) in nursing. Since then she has taught many subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her main teaching areas included; general/specialist therapeutic communication skills for healthcare staff, wound care, perioperative care and research methods. She also supervised many students undertaking research at masters and PhD levels. Dr McCarthy was Director of Practice Education for a number of years.


Dr McCarthy has completed a number of research projects, some of which included; education and preceptorship, reflection, stress and coping in undergraduate nursing students, person-centered care, patients undergoing chemotherapy and their family members, Her PhD was a Grounded Theory study titled “Family members’ experiences as loved ones undergo chemotherapy treatment for colorectal cancer”. More recently she was involved in the “National Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment” conducted by Professor Josephine Hegarty in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC and published by Dept. Health & Children 2018.

Dr McCarthy has published widely at national and international level and is a reviewer for a number of nursing journals.  



School of Nursing and Midwifery

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