Nursing and Midwifery
Catherine Mcauley School of Nursing
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
College Road,

T: +353 21 490 1484
E: maria.oshea@ucc.ie

Research Interests

 

My research strategy involves the initiation and development of interdisciplinary nursing research in collaboration with academic colleagues and in partnership with health service practitioners that will benefit the people we care for. 

 

To this end I have been involved in the development and evaluation of   “a pre admission visit” for children (and their families) who are undergoing minor day surgery in the Mercy University Hospital. This has had a major impact on my discipline as it had empowered the ward staff to implement a nursing practice that benefits themselves and the families that they care for. The findings have been disseminated at conferences and through articles in journals. This research initiative has had a major impact and we have received many queries from other colleagues hoping to implement a similar pre- admission visit in their hospitals. 

 

Presently I am involved in investigating the area of childhood vaccinations. Recently there have been many changes to childhood vaccination scheduled which had led to confusion among nursing staff and the public at large. In collaboration with a link lecturer and a clinical nurse specialist in this area I am writing articles for an Irish Nursing Journal (approval from Journal obtained) which we hope will make the issue of vaccinations in Ireland more understandable for nursing staff. We also hope to do some nursing research in this area to add to the rather small body of nursing knowledge in this area. 

 

 

As part of my MSc in Advanced Nursing, I investigated the lived experienced of newly qualified staff nurses on clinical placement in the first 6 months post qualification. This was a very valuable piece of research and rich data was obtained from the participants. The findings of this research were presented at conferences and through peer reviewed journal. The findings were also presented at local level and as a result changes I the support structures for newly qualified staff were initiated, 

 

I was part of an indiciplinary team which developed a pre- admission visit for children (and their families) undergoing day surgery. Children who were scheduled for day surgery were invitee to come to the ward for ah hour long pre –admission visit. A DVD and booklet were developed by the team for this initiative. The pre-admission visit was evaluated by parents and result showed how beneficial this visit was for the children and their families involved.   

 

Presently I am involved in looking into the whole the area of childhood vaccinations. As this is a topical area within the HSE presently, our interdisciplinary hopes to add to the body of knowledge in this are. To date we have written a paper for a nursing journal with paper 2 almost complete. It is hoped that these papers will help nursing colleagues understand the changed and of the need for vigilance in the whole area of childhood vaccination. 


 

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2007)'Children visiting theatre as part of a pre-admission visit- A practical innovation'
O' Shea, M., Cummins, A. and Kelleher, A.; (2007) 'Children visiting theatre as part of a pre-admission visit- A practical innovation' [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2007)7th annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (2007) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 7th annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork , 01-SEP-07 - 01-SEP-07
(2006)150th Anniversary National Confernce,
Cummins A. and O' Shea M. ; (2006) The effectiveness of pre-admission visits for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery. [Poster Presentation], 150th Anniversary National Confernce, Mercy University Hospital , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06
(2007)8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Confernece,
Cummins A. and O' Shea M. ; (2007) The effectiveness of pre-admission visits for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery. [Poster Presentation], 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Confernece, Trinity College, Dublin , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07
(2006)150th Anniversary National conference, Mercy University Hospital,
O'Shea, M.; (2006) The effectiveness of pre-admission visits for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery. [Oral Presentation], 150th Anniversary National conference, Mercy University Hospital, MUH, Cork , 01-MAR-06 - 01-MAR-06
(2005)Cardiovascular Nursing in the 21st century- The Challenges for Nurses,
O¿ Shea M. ; (2005) Obesity- A growing Problem. [Oral Presentation], Cardiovascular Nursing in the 21st century- The Challenges for Nurses, Killarney , 01-OCT-05 - 01-OCT-05
(2005)24th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (2005) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 24th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, RCSI, Dublin , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05
(2005)RCN International Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (2005) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], RCN International Conference, Spires Hotel , Belfast , 01-MAR-05 - 01-MAR-05
(2004)5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (2004) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 5th International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04
(2004)Cork University Hospital Annual Research Day- Faculty of Medicine and Health,
O'Shea, M.; (2004) The Lived experiences of newly qualified staff nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland¿. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Cork University Hospital Annual Research Day- Faculty of Medicine and Health, Cork University Hospital , 01-JUN-04 - 01-JUN-04
(2004)The Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit,
O Shea, M.; (2004) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], The Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork , 01-SEP-04 - 01-SEP-04
(1999)Royal College of Nursing International Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (1999) The lived experience of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following registration in the republic of Ireland. [Other], Royal College of Nursing International Conference, Belfast , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99
(1999)12th Annual Research Day, faculty of Medicine and Health, University College, Cork,
O'Shea, M.; (1999) The Lived experiences of newly qualified staff nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 12th Annual Research Day, faculty of Medicine and Health, University College, Cork, * , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99
(1999)Royal College of Surgeons Ireland International Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (1999) Invited to present a poster presentation based on research thesis entitled: - The lived experience of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following registration in the republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], Royal College of Surgeons Ireland International Conference, Dublin , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99
(1999)4th Annual Nursing research Conference,
O'Shea, M.; (1999) The Lived experiences of newly qualified staff nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 4th Annual Nursing research Conference, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99
(1999)1st Annual Conference of the Nursing and Midwifery planning and development unit. Southern Health Board:,
O'Shea, M.; (1999) The Lived experiences of newly qualified staff nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland. [Poster Presentation], 1st Annual Conference of the Nursing and Midwifery planning and development unit. Southern Health Board:, * , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99

Newspaper Articles

YearPublication
(1999)St. Fidelma will be sadly missed.
O'Shea, M.; (1999) St. Fidelma will be sadly missed. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Thesis

YearPublication
(2002)The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland.
O'Shea, M.; (2002) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement in the first six months following qualification in the Republic of Ireland. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Associations

 AssocationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Nurses Organisation Membership30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Irish Heart foundation Membership30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Irish Association of Paediatric Nursing Membership30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Clinical Placement Co-ordinators Association Founder member30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
An Bord Altranais Nurses and Nurse Lecturer Registry01-JAN-88 / 01-JAN-08
UKCC Diabetic Association 01-JAN-07 / 01-JAN-08

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer01-AUG-02 / 30-DEC-10
Mercy University Hospital Nurse Tutor30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Mercy University Hospital Staff Nurse30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Mercy University Hospital Staff Nurse30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99
Mercy University Hospital Clinical Placement Coordinator30-DEC-99 / 30-DEC-99

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2002University of Ulster Advanced Nursing
2001University of Ulster Postgraduate Diploma
1998University College Cork Bachelor of Science

Reviews

 JournalRole
Journal Of Clinical Nursing Referee