Lecturer
Nursing & Midwifery
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: Agnes.Phelan@ucc.ie

                      

Agnes Phelan qualified as a Registered General Nurse with Thames Valley University and subsequently completed a Higher Diploma in Midwifery at the Wittington Hospital and North London University. Clinical experience involved working in a number of maternity units in London with a variety of models of midwifery care.  Agnes has been involved with midwifery education for a number of years initially working with the Health Service Executive to teach and coordinate programmes for the Higher Diploma in Midwifery and facilitate continuing education for midwives.  Agnes, coordinates the BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme.  Her research interests are: midwifery education, issues relating to the organisation and delivery of care in the maternity services and she has commenced a Doctorate of Social Sciences. She has experience in curriculum development, and supervises undergraduate research projects.


Research Interests

Research carried out by me has been to Masters Level in relation to Culture as a Public Policy Variable a National Breastfeeding Policy for Ireland in 2003. This was historical research and involved the factors that affected current breastfeeding rates in Ireland which remain very low despite health promotion efforts. The conclusion of this research was that culture is a complex concept affected by the past and malleable by different interrelated contemporary contexts and therefore needs to be seriously considered when formulating public policy.

More recently (2008) I have been involved with a small team in a review of the provision of breastfeeding education on behalf of the Health Service Executive. This was quantitative research and included a review of the content and provision of breastfeeding education for pre-service and in-service health care workers.


Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2013)'Factors influencing initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Ireland'
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Phelan, A., Corcoran, P. (2013) 'Factors influencing initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Ireland'. Midwifery, Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'
Mulcahy H. Phelan, A. Corcoran P. and Leahy-Warren P (2012) 'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 9 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03975.x [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'A contextual clinical assessment for student midwives in Ireland'
Phelan, A; O'Connell, R; Murphy, M; McLoughlin, G; Long, O (2014) 'A contextual clinical assessment for student midwives in Ireland'. Nurse Education Today, 34 (3):292-294 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Factors influencing initiation and duration of breast feeding in Ireland'
Leahy-Warren, P,Mulcahy, H,Phelan, A,Corcoran, P (2014) 'Factors influencing initiation and duration of breast feeding in Ireland'. Midwifery, 30 :345-352 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'
Mulcahy H, Phelan A, Corcoran P, Leahy-Warren P (2012) 'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'. Journal of clinical nursing, 21 (7-8):1097-1108 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'
Mulcahy, H.,Phelan, A.,Corcoran, P.,Leahy-Warren, P. (2012) 'Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland'. J Clin Nurs, 21 (7-87-8):1097-1081097 Globe icon [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2010)'Culture Hampers rates of Breastfeeding in Ireland'
Leahy-Warren, Patricia; Mulcahy, Helen; Phelan, Agnes ; (2010) 'Culture Hampers rates of Breastfeeding in Ireland' Irish Medical Times, . [Details]
(2010)'Support Services provided by Public Health Nurses to Breastfeeding Mothers'
Mulcahy, H; Leahy-Warren, P; Phelan, A ; (2010) 'Support Services provided by Public Health Nurses to Breastfeeding Mothers' ICHN Spring Newsletter, 9 (1) :4-5. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2012)6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference
John Sweeney, Josephine Hegarty, Carol Condon, Maria O'Shea, Angela Flynn, Lynne Marsh, Agnes Phelan, Ann Cummins, Sile Creedon, Kay O'Mahony, University College Cork (2012) Assessment of Learning in the Clinical practice Environment: Using an On-Line tool to Help Students Understand the Abstract Nature of Steinaker and Bell's (1979) Experiential Taxonomy . In: NAIRTL & Threshold Concepts Conference Steering Committee eds. 6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference Trinity College Dublin, , 28-JUN-12 - 28-JUN-12 , pp.82-83 [Details]
(2011)3rd International Nursing & Midwifery Conference of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUIG
Leahy-Warren, P. Mulcahy, H., Phelan, A.; (2011) Breastfeeding Supports for Mothers: Comparison between Public Health Nurses and Mothers' perspectives 3rd International Nursing & Midwifery Conference of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUIG [Details]
(2011)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress
Phelan, A., O'Connell, R. Leahy-Warren, P, Mulcahy H, ; (2011) Women's decisions and choices about breastfeeding in Ireland: What about WHO Recommendations? International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress [Details]
(2010)NAIRTL:2nd Symposium on Assessment: the big questions, some answers
Sweeney, J; Walshe, N; Flynn, A; Murphy, S; Phelan, A; Hartigan, I; (2010) Assessment in Practice in Nursing and Midwifery NAIRTL:2nd Symposium on Assessment: the big questions, some answers University College Cork, [Details]
(2010)Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference
Leahy-Warren, P; Mulcahy, H; Phelan, A; (2010) An Examination of Breastfeeding Support Services for Mothers in the Community in Ireland Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference The Sage, Gateshead, , 13-MAY-10 [Details]
(2010)School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O¿Connell R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education Dublin, [Details]
(2010)School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O'Connell, R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10 [Details]
(2009)9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Phelan, A. ; (2009) A Review of Breastfeeding Support Services Provided by Public Health Nurses: A national study 9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference , 08-OCT-09 - 09-OCT-09 [Details]
(2009)Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland 29th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Conference `Integrating Care More Effectively¿: Unlocking the potential of Nurses and Midwives
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Phelan, A.; (2009) A Review of Breastfeeding Support Services Provided by Public Health Nurses: A national study Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland 29th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Conference `Integrating Care More Effectively¿: Unlocking the potential of Nurses and Midwives , 24-FEB-09 - 25-MAY-09 [Details]
(2007)Nutrition & Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, 3 Day International Conference
Phelan, A; (2007) Culture as a Public Policy Variable: A National Breastfeeding Policy for Ireland Nutrition & Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, 3 Day International Conference University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, , 25-JUN-07 - 27-JUN-07 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2008)Review of the Breastfeeding Content in Pre-service and In-service Education Curricula for Health Workers for the Health Service Executive.
Phelan, A, Murphy, M and Bourke, S (2008) Review of the Breastfeeding Content in Pre-service and In-service Education Curricula for Health Workers for the Health Service Executive. Health Service Executive, Dublin. [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2008)A Review of the Breastfeeding Content in Pre-service and In-service Education Curricula for Health Workers.
Phelan, A; Bourke, S; Murphy, M (2008) A Review of the Breastfeeding Content in Pre-service and In-service Education Curricula for Health Workers. HSE: Unpublished Reports [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2009)9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H. and Phelan, A. (2009) A review of breastfeeding support services provided by public health nurses: a national study commissioned by the HSE. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], 9th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, UCC , 10-SEP-09 - 09-OCT-09. [Details]
(2010)11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education,
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O'Connell, R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10. [Details]
(2012)Annual ICHN conference. Public Health Nursing 'Vision and Visibility',
Leahy-Warren P. Mulcahy H. Phelan A. Corcoran P. (2012) Paper presented at ICHN conference - Factors influencing initiation and duration of breastfeeding: contribution of the PHN. [Oral Presentation], Annual ICHN conference. Public Health Nursing 'Vision and Visibility', School of Nursing and Midwifery in University College Cork , 01-MAY-12 - 01-MAY-12. [Details]
(2006)National Breastfeeding Conference, DOHC Health Promotion Unit,
Phelan, A.; (2006) Culture as A Public Policy Variable: Irish Culture and A National Breastfeeding Policy for Ireland. [Poster Presentation], National Breastfeeding Conference, DOHC Health Promotion Unit, Croke Park, Dublin , 06-OCT-06 - 06-OCT-06. [Details]
(2006)Midwives Section Irish Nurses Organisation/Royal College of Midwives Annual Joint Conference,
Phelan, A.; (2006) Culture as A Public Policy Variable: Irish Culture and A National Breastfeeding Policy for Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Midwives Section Irish Nurses Organisation/Royal College of Midwives Annual Joint Conference, Landmark hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon , 19-OCT-06 - 19-OCT-06. [Details]
(1999)Midwifery Issues Study day,
Phelan, A.; (1999) Midwifery Issues Study day as part of the Cork and Kerry Education Committee. Attendance 120 participants One study day per year. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Midwifery Issues Study day, , 01-AUG-99 - 01-AUG-03. [Details]
(2006)Midwifery Conference North South INO/RCM,
Phelan, A. (2006) Culture as a Public Policy Variable: A National Breastfeeding Policy for Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Midwifery Conference North South INO/RCM, Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim , 19-OCT-06 - 19-OCT-06. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
School of Nursing and Midwifery UCC. Lecturer, BSc Midwifery Coordinator/
University College Hospital, London. and Whittington Hospital, London Student Midwife01-NOV-92 / 01-MAY-94
Non governmental Organisation, Overseas work Midwife01-JAN-95 / 01-JAN-96
University College Hospital, Galway Midwife Teacher01-JUN-99 / 01-JUL-99
College of Midwifery, St Finbarr¿s Hosp, Health Service Executive, South, Cork Midwife Teacher01-AUG-99 / 01-AUG-06
University College Hospital, London Midwife: Agency Work01-AUG-96 / 30-AUG-96
St. Luke¿s Hospital, Kilkenny Staff Nurse01-AUG-91 / 01-OCT-92
Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Kent. Brook General Hospital, Woolwich, London Greenwich District Hospital, London. Bexley Hospital, London Student Nurse01-MAR-88 / 01-JUN-91
St Mary¿s Hosp Paddington, London Midwife01-AUG-96 / 01-JUN-97
The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, London Staff Midwife01-MAY-94 / 01-DEC-94

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2001University College Dublin B.Sc. NursingBachelor of Nursing Studies with Midwifery option
1992North London University Postgraduate DiplomaDiploma in Higher Education Midwifery
2001University College Cork MASTERSMasters of Commerce in Government and Policy

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017Midwifery Practice I NU1056Midwifery Practice I
2016Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn I NU1052Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn I
2017Midwifery Practice in Various Health Contexts III NU3058Midwifery Practice in Various Health Contexts III
2016Midwifery in Various Health Care Contexts II NU2096Midwifery in Various Health Care Contexts II