My original nursing background is in Cardiothoracic nursing and Intensive/Critical Care nursing and I have worked clinically in Guys Hospital London and in Cork University Hospital.

I became interested in maintaining good quality of care through the formulation of effective nursing Policies & Guidelines, with this becoming the subject of my Masters thesis and subsequent publication.

As a nurse educator I was interested in exploring various pedagogical approaches and was a founding member of a very successful research team in the School of Nursing & Midwifery. The Problem Based Learning and Simulation Research Group has won a number of awards and have published and presented nationally and internationally (See Publications section). I chose to step down from this group so as to pursue my individual research and my doctoral studies.

I was successful in gaining funding from the Irish Heart Foundation to carry out research in relation to Cardiac Patients and their Quality of Life. This ongoing research project uncovered stark inequalities in health and in access to health care between patients from different socioeconomic groups, with a significant factor being the possession of private health insurance. This prompted me to examine the realm of Health Inequalities as they pertain to Ireland's health system (See Research Section) and, thus, this was the subject of my PhD thesis.

I enrolled as a PhD candidate for the PhD Social Sciences (GREP) programme here in UCC 2010. My thesis investigated the persistence of an inequitable health care system in Ireland using a genealogical approach. I used a historical sociological approach, and four specific genealogies, to understand the multiple origins of our health care system that have become shaped over time through formal and informal discourses. I submitted my thesis in March 2014, successfully defended my thesis in June 2014 and was conferred in February 2015.

With a Social Sciences knowledge and my Health Sciences experience, I am now in a unique position to bridge both fields and engage in interdisciplinary research activities. I am engaged in interdisciplinary activity with colleagues in the School of Applied Social Studies in relation to the development of cultural competency among health and social care students.

I am currently working on a book on Irish health care based on my thesis with additional contemporary genealogies.

(updated July 2015)
 
 

Research Interests

Health Inequalities
I completed my PhD Social Sciences in UCC, jointly provided by the Schools of Sociology, Applied Social Studies and Government beginning in 2010, submitted and defended in 2014. The thesis was titled: "Health Care and Neoliberalism in Ireland: Withholding the Gift and Corrupting the Social Contract". My thesis used a historical genealogical approach to investigate the persistence of an unequal health care system in Ireland. https://cora.ucc.ie/handle/10468/1994 

I have continued to have an interest in research surrounding health inequalities, and in particular, the means by which nursing students can be adequately prepared to understand such inequalities, and to be proactive in addressing and tackling them. To this end a collaborative research project is underway with Canadian Educators in UBC. A research visit to UBC is currently being planned for Spring 2017.

Promoting Intercultural Communication and Diversity in Teaching and Work Practice (April 2014)

This seminar explored the benefits of intercultural training and how this can enhance and build on staff and students’ working relationships through developing new areas of training within teaching and practice settings. It aimed to provide essential learning points and interactive resources to enable participants to work competently in intercultural settings. The primary aim of the seminar was to respond to the growing need of students and staff in developing their knowledge and capacity to appropriately deal with and accommodate diversity in their practice settings. The seminar also aimed to equip participants with knowledge and understanding to help contribute to better practice in intercultural relations both in teaching and practice settings. It provided participants a participants to examine personal and professional values, attitudes and behavioural practices in relation to diversity, difference and equality.

This collaborative initiative between Doras Luimni, The School of Applied Social Studies and The School of Nursing and Midwifery will be part of an on-going initiative with the aim of developing modules both at undergraduate and post graduate level. 

 

Problem Based Learning & Simulation as Instructional Methodologies - Co-investigator

I was a founder member of this research team which has examined the effectiveness of problem based learning (PBL) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinical competencies in the nursing management of acute illness episodes. This project combines research with teaching and learning strategies which aim to enhance the experience of third level undergraduate students studying General Nursing, who self-select to partake in a new 4th year elective module. The project had initially two major stages. Firstly, the development of a new 5 credit module (NU4032 Advanced nursing assessment and integrated patient management in the acute care setting), and secondly a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the content, and instructional methodologies utilised within the module. This research project has attracted research funding in the form of a €5,000 team award from The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Award and a further €5,000 on successful application to the National Academy for the Integration of Research into Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL). We were also recipients of UCC's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007/08. As I began to develop my own research project above and enrolled for my PhD, I chose to step out of this research team.




Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2014)Health care and neoliberalism in Ireland: withholding the gift and corrupting the social contract.
Angela V. Flynn (2014) Health care and neoliberalism in Ireland: withholding the gift and corrupting the social contract. Cork: Thesis/Dissertation Globe icon [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2010)'Integrative Learning with High Fidelity Simulation and Problem-Based Learning: An Evaluative Study'
Walsh, N. O'Brien, S. Flynn, A. Murphy, S. and Hartigan, I.; (2010) 'Integrative Learning with High Fidelity Simulation and Problem-Based Learning: An Evaluative Study' In: Making Connections: Intentional Teaching for Intergrative Learning. NAIRTL (National Academy for Interration of Research, Teaching and Learning) Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Ireland's unequal health care system: How did we let this happen?'
Flynn, Angela V (2014) 'Ireland's unequal health care system: How did we let this happen?'. The Boolean, 4 :32-35 Globe icon [CORA Link] [Details]
(2010)'Acute nursing episodes which challenge graduate's competence: perceptions of registered nurses'
Hartigan, I; Murphy, S; Flynn, AV; Walshe N; (2010) 'Acute nursing episodes which challenge graduate's competence: perceptions of registered nurses'. Nurse Education in Practice, 10 (5):291-297 Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'Acute nursing episodes which challenge graduate's competence: Perceptions of registered nurses'
Hartigan, Irene; Murphy, Siobhan; Flynn, Angela V; Walshe, Nuala; (2010) 'Acute nursing episodes which challenge graduate's competence: Perceptions of registered nurses'. Nurse Education In Practice, 10 (5):Pages 291-297 [Details]
(2005)'Exploring the relationship between nursing protocols and nursing practice in an Irish intensive care unit'
Flynn, A.V. & Sinclair, M.; (2005) 'Exploring the relationship between nursing protocols and nursing practice in an Irish intensive care unit'. The International Journal of Nursing Practice, 11 :142-149 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Merging Problem-Based Learning and Simulation as an Innovative Pedagogy in Nurse Education'
Murphy, S; Hartigan, I; Walshe, N; Flynn, AV; OBrien, S; (2010) 'Merging Problem-Based Learning and Simulation as an Innovative Pedagogy in Nurse Education'. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 7 (4):141-148 Globe icon [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2015)12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015
Angela Flynn (2015) Health Inequalities and Neoliberalism: Corrupting the Gift and Breaking the Social Contract 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015 Globe icon [Details]
(2013)Demedicalising Health Care: Critical and Social Perspectives
Flynn, A. (2013) The role of Social Justice in health and health care: Professional Responsibilities Demedicalising Health Care: Critical and Social Perspectives [Details]
(2013)Demedicalising Health Care: Critical and Social Perspectives
Flynn, A. (2013) The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism & its impact on health Demedicalising Health Care: Critical and Social Perspectives [Details]
(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)Social Pathologies of Contemporary civilisation
Flynn, Angela (2011) Neoliberalism, misrecognition, maldistribution and health inequalities in Ireland:Rendering the older person invisible Social Pathologies of Contemporary civilisation , 15-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11 [Details]
(2011)Centre for Aging Research Development Ireland (CARDI)
Flynn, Angela (2011) Neoliberalism, misrecognition, maldistribution and health inequalities in Ireland: Rendering the older person invisible Centre for Aging Research Development Ireland (CARDI) [Details]
(2010)Irish Nurses' Cardiovascular Association Conference
Flynn, A. V. & Byrne, M. (2010) The Cardiac Rehab & Quality of Life Project Irish Nurses' Cardiovascular Association Conference Alexander Hotel, Dublin, , 23-APR-10 [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]
(2008)Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Flynn, A. V. and Byrne, M. (2008) The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Project Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation [Details]
(2009)Third International Clinical Skills Conference, Monash University Italy
Walshe, N., Flynn, A., Murphy, S., and Hartigan, I. ; (2009) Performance based assessment of simulated challenging acute nursing episodes. Rubric design & validation Third International Clinical Skills Conference, Monash University Italy Prato, Italy, , 04-JUL-09 - 06-JUL-09 [Details]
(2008)Royal Colloge of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference Liverpool
Hartigan, I. Murphy, S. Walshe, N. & Flynn, A.; (2008) Problem based learning (P.B.L) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinically relevant undergraduate competencies in the management of challenging acute nursing episodes (C.A.N.E) Royal Colloge of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference Liverpool Liverpool, UK, , 08-APR-08 - 11-APR-08 [Details]
(2008)National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference
Walshe, N., Flynn, A., Hartigan, I., Murphy, S. ; (2008) Performance-based Assessment of Clinical Competency in the Management of Simulated Challenging Acute Episodes; Initial Rubric Design and Validation National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, [Details]
(2008)14th Annual meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM)
Walshe, N. Flynn, A. Murphy, S. & Hartigan, I. ; (2008) Problem based learning (P.B.L) and simulation as instructional and assessment methodologies in attaining clinically relevant competencies in the management of challenging acute nursing episodes (C.A.N.E) for undergraduate nursing students 14th Annual meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) University of Hertfordshire, UK, , 18-JUN-08 - 20-JUN-08 [Details]
(2008)27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference RCSI Dublin
Murphy, S. Hartigan, I. Flynn, A. & Walshe, N.; (2008) Problem based learning and simulation: Student centred teaching approaches, developing performances of understanding in the management of Challenging acute nurse episodes 27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference RCSI Dublin [Details]
(2008)NAIRTL: International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Walshe, N. Hartigan, I. Flynn, A. Murphy, S. ; (2008) Understanding in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE) . In: Ryan, N (Ed) eds. NAIRTL: International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education UCC, [Details]
(2008)National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference
Murphy, S. Hartigan, I. Walshe, N & Flynn, A.; (2008) A Novel Approach to Develop Clinical Competencies by Merging Two Teaching Methodologies National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Nursing 9th Joint Education Forum's Conference Blackpool, UK
Flynn, A., Walshe, N., Hartigan, I., Murphy, S. ; (2008) Problem Based Learning (PBL) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinically relevant competencies in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE) for undergraduate nursing students Royal College of Nursing 9th Joint Education Forum's Conference Blackpool, UK Blackpool, UK, , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08 [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference Liverpool
Hartigan, I. Murphy, S. Walshe, N. & Flynn, A.; (2008) Problem based learning (P.B.L) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinically relevant undergraduate competencies in the management of challenging acute nursing episodes (C.A.N.E) Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference Liverpool Liverpool, UK, , 08-APR-08 - 11-APR-08 [Details]
(2005)The British Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference
Flynn A.V; (2005) The British Association of Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference Weston-Super-Mare, [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008The Presidents award for excellence in teaching UCC President
2008NAIRTL Excellence in Teaching Award for 2008 NAIRTL

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2015)EuroSoTL-Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning,
Angela Flynn, Claire Dorrity (2015) The 2015 European Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning was held at University College Cork on June 8th and 9th, 2015 and looked at the role of scholarship of teaching and learning in bridging boundaries in Higher Education. [Poster Presentation], EuroSoTL-Bridging Boundaries through the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, UCC , 08-JUN-15 - 09-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015)12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015,
Angela Flynn (2015) Health Inequalities and Neoliberalism: Corrupting the Gift and Breaking the Social Contract. [Oral Presentation], 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015, Prague , 27-AUG-15. [Details]
(2014)“Promoting Intercultural Communication and Diversity in Teaching and Work Practice”,
Claire Dorrity UCC, Angela Flynn UCC, Leonie Kerins, Doras Luimni (2014) This Intercultural training day provided participants a participants to examine personal and professional values, attitudes and behavioural practices in relation to diversity, difference and equality. [Oral Presentation], “Promoting Intercultural Communication and Diversity in Teaching and Work Practice”, North Wing Council Room, UCC , 03-APR-14 - 03-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)UCD School of Social Justice Graduate Conference,
Angela Flynn (2014) Challenging Injustice in Ireland: learning from the past, actions for the future‘. [Plenary Lecture], UCD School of Social Justice Graduate Conference, UCD, Dublin , 04-OCT-14 - 04-OCT-14. [Details]
(2013)Critical Social Thinking,
Angela Flynn (2013) The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism in the Context of Health Care. [Oral Presentation], Critical Social Thinking, UCC , 29-NOV-13 - 29-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)Demedicalising Health Care,
Flynn, A. (2013) Two Papers Given as invited Keynote. 1) The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism & its impact on health, 2) The role of Social Justice in health and health care: Professional Responsibilities. [Invited Oral Presentation], Demedicalising Health Care, Epirus Institute of Technology, Preveza, Greece , 09-JUL-13 - 11-JUL-13. [Details]
(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, Jospephine Hegarty, Carol Condon, Angela Flynn, Maria o Shea, Lynn Marsh, Ann Cummins, Kay O' Mahony (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. [Oral Presentation], 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. [Details]
(2011)Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation International Conference,
Flynn, A. (2011) Neoliberalism, misrecognition, maldistribution and health inequalities in Ireland: Rendering the older person invisible. [Oral Presentation], Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation International Conference, University College Cork , 15-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)CARDI,
Flynn, A. (2011) Neoliberalism, misrecognition, maldistribution and health inequalities in Ireland: Rendering the older person invisible. [Oral Presentation], CARDI, Croke Park, Dublin , 01-NOV-11 - 03-NOV-11. [Details]
(2005)RCN International Research Conference,
Angela V. Flynn; (2005) Exploring the relationship between nursing protocols and nursing practice. [Poster Presentation], RCN International Research Conference, The Spires Conference Centre, Belfast , 07-MAR-05 - 09-MAR-05. [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference,
Hartigan, I. Murphy, S. Walshe, N. & Flynn, A.; (2008) Problem based learning (P.B.L) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinically relevant undergraduate competencies in the management of challenging acute nursing episodes (C.A.N.E). [Invited Oral Presentation], Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference, Liverpool, UK , 08-APR-08 - 11-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference,
Walshe, N. Flynn, A. Hartigan, I. & Murphy, S.; (2008) Performance-based Assessment of Clinical Competency in the Management of Simulated Challenging. [Invited Oral Presentation], National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference, Chelsea and Westminster , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. NAIRTL conference proceedings,
Walshe, N. Hartigan, I. Flynn, A. Murphy, S. ; (2008) Understanding in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE). [Invited Oral Presentation], International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. NAIRTL conference proceedings, University College Cork , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference,
Murphy, S. Hartigan, I. Flynn, A. & Walshe, N. ; (2008) A novel approach to develop clinical competencies by merging two teaching methodologies. [Poster Presentation], National Association of Medical Simulators and the Clinical Skills Network Conference, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)27th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Conference Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons Ireland,
Walshe, N. Flynn, A Hartigan, I. Murphy, S; (2008) Problem Based Learning and Simulation, Student Centred teaching Approaches, Developing performances of understanding in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE) 2008. [Poster Presentation], 27th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Conference Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, '' , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Conference,
Murphy, S. Hartigan, I. Flynn, A. & Walshe, N. ; (2008) Problem based learning and simulation: Student centred teaching approaches, developing performances of understanding in the management of Challenging acute nurse episodes. [Poster Presentation], 27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Conference, Ireland , 20-FEB-08 - 21-FEB-08. [Details]
(2008)International Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in Higher Education,
Walshe, N., Murphy, S. Flynn, A., Hartigan, I.; (2008) PBL & Simulation; Student centred teaching approaches developing performances of understanding in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE). [Poster Presentation], International Perspectives on Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)The Royal College of Nursing 9th Joint Education Forum's Conference,
Flynn, A., Walshe, N., Hartigan, I., Murphy, S.; (2008) Problem Based Learning (PBL) and simulation as instructional methodologies in attaining clinically relevant competencies in the management of Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (CANE) for undergraduate nursing students. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Royal College of Nursing 9th Joint Education Forum's Conference, Blackpool, UK , 20-MAR-08 - 21-MAR-08. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
An Bord Altranais Registered Nurse. Registered Nurse Tutor01-SEP-99 /
European Sociological Association RN16 'Sociology of Health and Illness' Member of Research Network01-JUN-15 / 01-JUN-16

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Board of ISS21 (Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century) I am the representative of the School of Nursing & Midwifery on the Board of the ISS21./
Academic Council Committee on Information Strategy and Educational Resources. Representing the College of Medicine and Health2011 /
E-Learning Sub committee Representative from the IS&ER Committee2011 /
Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology Involvement in the activities of the Working Group. Liaising and networking with peers in other Euopean countries.2005 / 1899
Clinical Practice Committee, School of Nursing & Midwifery UCC and Associated Health Service Providers. Negotiating and agreeing principles and policies to facilitate the clinical experiences of our nursing students. As alink to Cork University Hospital I have direct liaising role with clinical and management staff in CUH.1899 / 1899

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer01-AUG-02 / 01-JAN-10
Cork University Hospital Nurse Tutor01-JAN-01 / 01-JAN-02
Cork University Hospital Staff Nurse, Cardiac Intensive Care01-JAN-99 / 01-JAN-01
Guy's Hospital London Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit01-JAN-98 / 01-JAN-99

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2014University College Cork PhDSocial Sciences
2002University of Ulster Master of Science (Advanced Nursing)
2001University of Ulster H.Dip.in Ed.
1994Southbank University B.Sc. Nursing

Consultancy

 ClientDescription

Expert reviewer for core urological nursing evidenced based polcies developed at Cork University Hospital. This expert consultancy work included developing a policy to support male urethral catheterisation by nurses.

Outreach Activities

 Description

Basic Life Support (IHF) Instructor

Member of the Global Solidarity Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Chair of the UCC Branch of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT).


IFUT is the only dedicated trade union and professional association in Ireland that consistently defends traditional University values

.

Other Activities

 Description

Expert reviewer of policies being formulated as part of application for accreditation.

Cork University Hospital, Practice Development Unit.

September 2008 and ongoing.

Teaching Interests

Currently Lecturing on:

SC1015 Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Health Care and their Application to Nursing

NU2058 Cardiac Nursing; Respiratory Nursing
NU3023 Critical Care
NU4032 Challenging Acute Nursing Episodes (Simulations and PBL)

NU6091 CPD Respiratory Nursing

NU6092 CPD Cardiovascular Nursing

CPR Instructor

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2018Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Renal Problems NU6093Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Renal Problems
2018Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Respiratory Problems NU6091Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Respiratory Problems
2018Sociological Concepts For Nursing SC1015Sociological Concepts For Nursing

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Claire Dorrity School of Applied Social Studies, UCCIRELAND