Research Profile

Caroline Egan

Biography

Caroline is a lecturer on the BSc. Intellectual Disability programme within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is an RNID who holds a MSc., Post-Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and a BSc from UCC. Prior to taking up this academic post Caroline worked as an staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Manager within Irish Disability services.
Caroline has over 20 years experience working as an RNID in residential and respite services, caring for elderly people who required holistic and end-of-life care, worked with young adults with an intellectual disability with dual diagnosis who engage in behaviour that challenge in a high support residential service. Caroline gained experience in supporting people with autism, obsessive compulsive disorders, mood disorders, dementia, multiple and complex health problems, communication difficulties and epilepsy. Caroline has worked within various residential, community settings and school settings and worked closely with families during this time.

Research Interests

My primary research interest lies in the area of supporting the older person with Intellectual Disability and the experiences of older caregivers. Stemming from my clinical experience, I am particularly interested in gerontology, palliative care, dementia, and caregiver burden.    I completed my MSc. in Nursing in 2018. The title of my dissertation was “An exploration of care-burden experienced by older caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities, in Ireland.”
My current research projects include 
1. 
Healthy lifestyle Research project 2019 I am currently a member of a collaborative research study between the intellectual disability nursing team in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and COPE Foundation entitled “Don’t mention a diet!” An educational study which explores the impact of a health promotion module on knowledge/understanding of healthy food and exercise choices among persons’ with intellectual disability.
2. An international comparison study of young people’s views of care and care careers (2019/2020)
I have joined the Irish team on an international comparison study of young people’s views of care and care careers with the (University of Surrey). The aim of this study is to establish, understand and analyse the views of 13-14 year olds in relation to care and care careers.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'An exploration of care-burden experienced by older caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities, in Ireland'
Egan, Caroline; Dalton, Caroline (2019) 'An exploration of care-burden experienced by older caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities, in Ireland'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities,   [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland Registered RNID01-NOV-98 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)18th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
Caroline Egan & Caroline Dalton (2018) “An exploration of care-burden experienced by older caregivers of adults with intellectual disabilities, in Ireland”. [Poster Presentation], 18th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Catherine McCauley School of Nursing and Midwifery. 18th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference UCC . [Details]
(2017)“Clinical Decision Making - How to Be Effective”,
Caroline Egan (2017) Assess compliance with national falls policy’ within a residential facility for older adults with intellectual disabilities. [Poster Presentation], “Clinical Decision Making - How to Be Effective”, Kingsley Hotel, Cork . [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach primarily on the BSc. Intellectual Disability programme, teaching across the programme.
My teaching interests include health needs of people with Intellectual disabilities, older adults, dual diagnosis, quality of life and caregiver supports.
I am the module leader on the clinical practice module from 1st to 3rd year on the BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability). I am involved in the review of the Clinical learning outcomes, Competency Assessment Documents and Assessment of Competence documents to ensure students have met the required pass and progression standards for their respective modules.
I am a link lecturer with our clinical partner COPE Foundation.
I also supervise research projects at post graduate level.

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Anna Cox and Anne Gallagher University of SurreyUNITED KINGDOM

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