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RESEARCH and SCHOLARLY STANDING
International Research Collaboration
1. International Advisory Board Member Australian to the Centre of Research Excellence for the prevention of stillbirth and the optimisation of care for families who experience stillbirth Mater Research Institute, Australia (2016-Present)
Due to expertise in the area of pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss research I was invited onto the advisory board. The CRE centre which comprises a team of clinicians, researchers and policy makers with strong community reach will generate new knowledge about causes and prediction of stillbirth as well as novel interventions for implementation of best practice in stillbirth prevention and care after stillbirth. The two main outcomes of the CRE will be a reduction in the stillbirth rate after 28 weeks’ gestation and improved quality of care after stillbirth.
3. International Stillbirth Alliance Board Member (2016- Present)
Elected to the Board of ISA at the global conference on stillbirth and SIDS in Uruguay in Sept 2016. The Board of ISA oversees the work of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) which is an alliance of member organisations and individual supporters working towards stillbirth prevention and improvement of bereavement care worldwide.
4. Member of The Lancet Stillbirths In High-Income Countries Investigator Group (2014-2016)
Contributing Irish Stillbirth data to The Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series 2016. This is the first time that Irish data has contributed to such an important global Series. Addressing the epidemic of stillbirths has been recognised as an essential part of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. A second Lancet Series of five papers on stillbirths offers a roadmap for eliminating, by 2030, one of the most neglected tragedies in global health today.
5. International Stillbirth Alliance Scientific Advisory Committee Member (2015-Present)
The ISA Scientific Advisory Committee works to enhance international collaboration in the prevention of stillbirth and related adverse pregnancy outcome (including psychosocial outcomes) through facilitating collaboration in conduct and dissemination of high quality collaborative research.
6. COST Action (IS1405) Management Committee Member (2014-Present)
7. COST Action (IS0907)
Participant (2010-2014) COST Action (IS0907) Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care
National Research Collaboration
Pregnancy Loss and Bereavement Research Group, INFANT, Cork University Maternity Hospital (2012-Present)
International Research Conferences Oral Presentations (Selected)
1. UCC Doctoral Showcase Finalist 2015
Waxing Lyrical Category
One of five finalists in the 10 minute category presenting ‘The Rainbow of Hope after the Storm; Couples Experiences of Pregnancy after Stillbirth’
2. Awarded Short Term Scientific Mission 2014
COST Action: IS0907 Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care
Awarded €1,300.00 for Short Term Scientific Mission to facilitate visit to University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom to visit Professor Soo Downe and work on Salutogenesis Theory and Pregnancy after perinatal death.
3. Awarded Scholarship 2014
Travel Bursary from the College of Medicine and Health, UCC 2013 - 2014 to facilitate Oral and Poster Presentation at International Stillbirth Alliance Global Conference, Amsterdam 18-21st Sept. 2014
4. Awarded Scholarship 2013
Awarded €400.00 student bursary to attend a Writing Training School, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta 21st – 23rd November 2013.
5. UCC Doctoral Showcase Finalist
Three Minute Thesis
One of twelve finalists in this category presenting ‘Daddy Interrupted: Men’s Experiences of Fatherhood Following Previous Perinatal Death’
6. National Research Prizes
1st Poster Prize
: Murphy, M. M. and Leahy Warren, P. (2012) Mothers’ experiences of hospital based breastfeeding support. Association of Lactation Consultants of Ireland Annual Research Conference: Breastfeeding research into clinical practice, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 29thSeptember 2012
2nd Poster Prize
: Murphy M. M. (2006) Hand hygiene audit: a tool for clinical practice Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing & Midwifery 6th Annual Research Conference, University College Cork, 8th September 2006
The purpose of the association is to promote the professional development, advancement and recognition of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) for the benefit of breastfeeding infants and children, mothers, families and the wider community. Involves sitting on several national bodies including the National Breastfeeding Committee which influences breastfeeding policy at a national level.
Engagement with Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland
NMBI is the regulatory body for the nursing and midwifery professions providing curriculum approval for midwifery programmes.National Steering Group of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland Nursing & Midwifery GroupHISINM contributes to the development of European or International standards for patient and hospital information systems and adopts a proactive stance in the promotion and adoption of nursing/midwifery informatics at local and national level. Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland currently has over 700 members drawn from information technology, medicine, nursing, other professions allied to medicine, education, government and industry.
Peer Reviewer for National Institute for Health Research As an experienced midwife, academic and researcher I have been asked to provided expert, confidential, peer review to the NIHR in both scoping and commissioning projects. The NIHR invests over £1 billion into health and public health research in the United Kingdom. This role affords me the opportunity to develop my skills in the area of grant proposal reviewing and to develop a wide research network.
Work as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with antenatal and postnatal women and infant
To continue to attract interest in our programmes I attend PR events organised by the School PR Committee. At these events I use the opportunity to promote the programmes on offer at the School of Nursing & Midwifery and the wonderful facilities available to us. We were fortunate in Cork in 2010 to have a nationally broadcast series on RTE 1 on the Cork University Maternity Hospital called `From Here to Maternity'. This was an excellent opportunity for the service to showcase its facilities. It also provided an excellent PR opportunity for the midwifery programmes as many people attending PR events that I have attend in the past year have positively commented on it. It has positively impacted upon people's view of the profession of midwifery and its role within the Irish health services.
I am dynamic and committed academic, clinician and researcher and I am passionate about teaching, learning and midwifery.
I constantly strive to improve my teaching, my academic contribution and my research profile with the School, the College, and the wider University community and beyond.
I have a vast array of experience and expertise that I have developed both clinically and academically that I am able to translate to improve the student learning experience with the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
I have forged close working relationships with colleagues in the health services due to the clinical commitment (40%) that I carry. This places me in an ideal position to develop collaborative research partnerships with members of the multidisciplinary team. My doctoral research will involve close collaboration with obstetric and midwifery colleagues. This also means that I have the opportunity to disseminate my research findings to the public and to influence health policy development.
I am cognisant of the various Strategic Plans developed within the School, College, University and Nationally aimed at improving education, research and the student experience into the 21st century. I believe that I have shown that I possess a track record of adopting the recommendations of these strategies and embedding them in all aspects my work.
I have shown that I am committed to a culture of student centred learning which has at its heart the scholarship of teaching and learning. I am also committed to a promoting a culture of quality and innovation in teaching, research and clinical practice.
NU1055 Interpersonal Communication and Applied Psychology for Midwifery Practice (10 Credits)
NU2095 Biological Basis for Midwifery Practice (10 Credits)
NU2094 Midwives and Professional Practice II (5 Credits)
NU2075 Midwifery Practice II (5 credits)
NU4081 Midwives and Professional Practice IV (5 Credits)
NU5073 Evidence Based Midwifery Practice (5 Credits)
NU5095 Supporting Mothers during Pregnancy and Parenthood (10 Credits)
Teaching on other modules
NU2070 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn II (15 credits)
NU2093 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn II - Complications (10 Credits)
NU3070 Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn III (15 credits)
NU5093 Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Neonate 1 (10 Credits)
NU3073 Introduction to Nursing & Midwifery Research: Principles and Methods (5 Credits)
NU4049 Research Methods for Nursing & Midwifery Practice (15 Credits) ·
NU3073 Parenthood Education: Promoting Normal Birth (5 Credits)
NU5081 Preparation for Birth & Parenthood Facilitation (5 Credits)
(Flexi Option/Occasional Non-Degree Students only)
Across all years of the BSc in Midwifery undergraduate programme, the Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme, and on the Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing. Preceptorship programmes to Registered Midwives employed by the Health Service Providers Multidisciplinary colleagues on the PROMPT Obstetric Emergencies and AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Programme.
Research Supervision of postgraduate minor theses and undergraduate literature and research projects.12 BSc Midwifery students for undergraduate literature reviews in year 3 and developing those literature reviews into research proposals in year 4.
Contribution to the planning, design and development of courses
Curriculum design and development completing the curriculum redesign and redevelopment seven years after the BSc in Midwifery commencement and enables us to consider the knowledge that has been gained over this time.
Coordination the Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery 2007/2008.
Teaching and learning; development of novel approaches; completed the Benchmark Course Portfolio as part of the Post Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Teaching and Learning (2009-2011)
Academic writing for publications; support students in their submission of their course work for consideration at national conferences etc.
Student Module Evaluations students get the opportunity to anonymously evaluate all of their modules at the end of the academic year. They are afforded the opportunity to comment positively and negatively on all aspects of the module and to offer suggestions for the future delivery of the programme content. Lecturer evaluations are routinely collect anonymous student evaluations of my teaching at the end of term. My teaching was also positively evaluated by the students for my Establishment in 2008.
On-going demand for the midwifery programmes Both the BSc Midwifery and Higher Diploma in Midwifery programmes are consistently, very highly sought after. The BSc Midwifery programme at UCC has ,time and again scored highly among national HEI institutions offering this programme across the country since its introduction in 2006.