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 experiences.  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.”
I am 
currently a PhD. candidate, my thesis explores the concept of transitioning residence among older adults with intellectual disabilities
My current research projects include 
1. Transitioning into long-term care for older adults with Intellectual disabilities PhD study.

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 Exeter). 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.
3.  Healthy lifestyle Research project (2019/20) 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. 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2022)'Shared decision making with adults transitioning to long term care: A scoping review'
Caroline Egan; Corina Naughton; Maria Caples; Helen Mulcahy (2022) 'Shared decision making with adults transitioning to long term care: A scoping review'. International Journal of Older People Nursing, [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Don’t Mention the Diet! A health promotion initiative to support healthy diet and lifestyle decision-making by people with intellectual disability'
Martin A.M.;Divane S.;Twomey S.;O’Neill L.;McCarthy J.;Egan C.;Dalton C.;Caples M. (2021) 'Don’t Mention the Diet! A health promotion initiative to support healthy diet and lifestyle decision-making by people with intellectual disability'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Symptom management at end of life for people with intellectual disabilities'
Caroline Egan; Aisling McDonald & Caroline Dalton (2021) 'Symptom management at end of life for people with intellectual disabilities'. Learning Disability Practice, [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Views of Generation Z regarding care and care careers: a four-country study'
Ann Gallagher; Aoife Lane; Caroline Egan; Ota Katsuma; Keiko Aoishi; Natsuki Nakayama; Kasimovskaya N; Elena Fomina; Natalia Geraskina; Shalakhova A; Anna Cox. (2021) 'Views of Generation Z regarding care and care careers: a four-country study'. [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Transitioning into long term care for older adults with intellectual disabilities: A concept analysis'
Caroline Egan; Helen Mulcahy; Corina Naughton (2021) 'Transitioning into long term care for older adults with intellectual disabilities: A concept analysis'. Journal of intellectual disabilities : JOID, :1-18 [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabiities'
Caroline Egan & Caroline Dalton (2020) 'Management of oxygen therapy for people with intellectual disabiities'. Learning Disability Practice,   [DOI] [Details]
(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] [Full Text] [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

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

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2021)Views of generation Z regarding care and care careers: A 4 country study,
Gallagher A, Lane A, Egan, Cox et al., 2021 (2021) Globally, life expectancy is increasing as is the need for effective care responses to chronic health condition, global emergencies such as pandemics and ongoing inequalities resulting in health disparities. Alongside this, is a shortage of skilled care-givers. We conducted a 4-country qualitative study to find out Generation Z’s (the next generation to join the workforce) views of ‘care’ and ‘care careers’. Following ethical review in each country, we conducted focus groups with 343 young people in schools in England, Ireland, Japan and Russia. Four cross-cultural themes emerged: conceptualising care; objects and subjects of care; recognising challenges of care; and appreciating care work. [Oral Presentation], Views of generation Z regarding care and care careers: A 4 country study, RCSI Conference 2021' . [Details]
(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 module leader on both theory and clinical practice modules from 1st to 4th year on the undergraduate 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 also teach on the post-graduate gerontology program and 
supervise research projects at post graduate level.
I am a link lecturer with our clinical partner COPE Foundation.
In 2020 I completed the post graduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher eduction, UCC.

Research Information

External Collaborators

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

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