Lecturer
Nursing & Midwifery
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

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As a midwifery lecturer I teach on the BSc Midwifery and Higher Diploma in Midwifery.  I co-ordinate the MSc Midwifery and two Continuing Professional Development modules, one on Parentcraft Education and one on Neonatal Care.   Prior to entering education I practiced as a midwife and also in neonatal intensive care.  I completed my PhD in 2011 at the University of Central Lancashire and an MEd in Trinity College Dublin.

I have been involved in a number of research projects within the School and enjoy collaboration with colleagues on projects and publications.

For many years I have promoted the role of the midwife and its potential for greater contribution to maternity care for women in Ireland.  I was a founder member of the Midwives Association of Ireland and am current chairperson of the Midwives Section of the INMO.  I have been a delegate at triennial Council meetings of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and regional meetings of the Central European Region (CER) of the ICM.



Research Interests

My research interests centre on midwifery practice, neonatology and maternity care.  I am instrumental in developing a midwifery research agenda within the School which involves ongoing collaboration with the maternity services.  I am involved in the Midwifery Research Forum in the Cork University Maternity Hospital which has the remit of stimulating a research agenda.  

My research interests focus on midwifery practice, the development of women centred care, midwifery led services, normal birth, models of midwifery care, home birth and exploring the experiences and needs of childbearing women. 

I am also interested in supporting research among neonatal nurses; my research interests in this area include exploring the needs of parents and developmental care issues for newborn babies.  I completed my PhD with the University of Central Lancashire which involved investigating midwives’ perception and experience of birth in Ireland. 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
HRB "SSS/2014/805 Kiera Fisher - Dr Rhona O'Connell" - "Use of early warning scores in a maternity hospital in Ireland"Health Research Board09-JUN-1401-AUG-14€2,000.00

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2013)'Sampling from Vulnerable Populations'
Curtis, Elizabeth and O'Connell, Rhona (2013) 'Sampling from Vulnerable Populations' In: Issues and Methods for Quantitative Health Research: Theory and Application. Berkshire, England: Open Univerity Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'‘Puts the magic back into life': Fathers' experience of planned home birth'
Sweeney, S, O’Connell R (2015) '‘Puts the magic back into life': Fathers' experience of planned home birth'. Women and Birth, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'A systematic qualitative literature review of healthcare workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines'
Smiddy MP, O Connell R, Creedon SA. (2014) 'A systematic qualitative literature review of healthcare workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines'. American Journal of Infection Control, In press (In press) [Details]
(2014)'A contextual clinical assessment for student midwives in Ireland'
Phelan, A; O'Connell, R; Murphy, M; McLoughlin, G; Long, O (2014) 'A contextual clinical assessment for student midwives in Ireland'. Nurse Education Today, 34 (3):292-294 Globe icon [Details]
(2014)'A descriptive survey of the educational preparation and practices of antenatal educators in Ireland'
O’Sullivan, C., O’Connell R., Devane D. (2014) 'A descriptive survey of the educational preparation and practices of antenatal educators in Ireland'. The Journal of perinatal education, 23 (1):33-40 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Health Literacy and coronary heart disease: Implications for nurses'
Kilonzo, B., Hughes, M., O'Connell, R.; (2011) 'Health Literacy and coronary heart disease: Implications for nurses'. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6 (1):29-34 [Details]
(2011)'Essential leadership skills for motivating and developing staff'
Curtis, E and O'Connell, R.; (2011) 'Essential leadership skills for motivating and developing staff'. Nursing management (Harrow, London, England : 1994), 18 (5):32-35 [Details]
(2010)'A systematic review evaluating the impact of post-registration nursing and midwifery education on practice. Nurse Education in Practice'
Gijbels, Harry; O'Connell, Rhona; Dalton-O'Connor, Caroline; O'Donovan, Moira; (2010) 'A systematic review evaluating the impact of post-registration nursing and midwifery education on practice. Nurse Education in Practice'. Nurse Education In Practice, 10 (2):64-69 Globe icon [Details]
(2011)'Secondary prevention and learning needs post percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): perspectives of both patients and nurses'
Kilonzo, B,O'Connell, R; (2011) 'Secondary prevention and learning needs post percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): perspectives of both patients and nurses'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20 :1160-1167 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'A metasynthesis of midwives' experience of hospital practice in publicly funded settings: compliance, resistance and authenticity'
O'Connell, R,Downe, S; (2009) 'A metasynthesis of midwives' experience of hospital practice in publicly funded settings: compliance, resistance and authenticity'. Health, 13 :589-609 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Obstetric surgery for perioperative staff and midwives. Journal of Perioperative Practice'
O'Connell, R; (2009) 'Obstetric surgery for perioperative staff and midwives. Journal of Perioperative Practice'. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 19 (6):188-191 [Full Text] [Details]
(2002)'Midwives and Maternity Care in Ireland: Opportunities to move ahead? '
O’Connell, R; (2002) 'Midwives and Maternity Care in Ireland: Opportunities to move ahead? '. Midwifery Matters, 92 (*):9-10 [Details]
(2002)'Home Birth in Ireland 1993 - 1997 A review of Community Midwifery Practice'
O’Connell, R., Cronin M.; (2002) 'Home Birth in Ireland 1993 - 1997 A review of Community Midwifery Practice'. All Ireland Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 2 ((2)):41-46 [Full Text] [Details]
(1999)'Neonatal Surgery, are operating theatres always necessary?'
O’Connell, R., Bradfield, L.; (1999) 'Neonatal Surgery, are operating theatres always necessary?'. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 5 ((2)):8-12 [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'The Challenges of FGM'
O'Connell R. (2014) 'The Challenges of FGM' World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery, 22 (6) . [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'Midwifery Matters - Domestic abuse in pregnancy'
Aher, A., O'Connell R. (2012) 'Midwifery Matters - Domestic abuse in pregnancy' World of Irish Nursing and Midwifery, 20 (7) . Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'Teaching teachers'
O'Sullivan, C; O'Connell, R; (2010) 'Teaching teachers' World of Irish Nursing, 18 (6) :46-47. Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'Tackling health illiteracy'
O'Connell, R; Hughes M; Kilonzo B; (2010) 'Tackling health illiteracy' World of Irish Nursing, 18 (2) :40-41. Globe icon [Details]
(2002)'Midwives and maternity care in Ireland: opportunities to move ahead?'
O'Connell, R; (2002) 'Midwives and maternity care in Ireland: opportunities to move ahead?' Midwifery Matters, 92 :9-10. [Details]
(1999)'Midwifery in Ireland: Recent Trends. Midwifery Matters'
O'Connell, Rhona ; (1999) 'Midwifery in Ireland: Recent Trends. Midwifery Matters' Midwifery Matters, 80 (1) . [Details]
(2007)'Natural Benefits: Making Breastfeeding Easier'
O'Donnell, C., O'Connell, R.; (2007) 'Natural Benefits: Making Breastfeeding Easier' World of Irish Nursing, 15 (7) :18-19. [Details]
(1999)'For the Millennium A Scope of Practice for Midwives'
O'Connell, R .; (1999) 'For the Millennium A Scope of Practice for Midwives' MAI Newsletter, 3 (1) . [Details]
(1999)'International Confederation of Midwives Report'
O'Connell, R .; (1999) 'International Confederation of Midwives Report' MAI Newsletter, 3 (2) . [Details]
(1998)'Keeping Birth Normal Midwifery Today Conference Report'
O'Connell, R .; (1998) 'Keeping Birth Normal Midwifery Today Conference Report' MAI Newsletter, 2 (2) . [Details]
(1998)'Report on the Commission of Nursing'
O'Connell, R .; (1998) 'Report on the Commission of Nursing' MAI Newsletter, 2 (2) . [Details]
(1999)'Midwifery in Ireland: Recent Trends'
O'Connell, R .; (1999) 'Midwifery in Ireland: Recent Trends' Midwifery Matters, 80 (1) . [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2010)School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O'Connell, R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10 [Details]
(2010)School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education
O'Connell, R., Downe, S., Dykes, F. ; (2010) Street level bureaucracy and labour ward midwives' construction of childbirth in a technocratic environment School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10 [Details]
(2010)School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O¿Connell R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education Dublin, [Details]
(2011)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress
Phelan, A., O'Connell, R. Leahy-Warren, P, Mulcahy H, ; (2011) Women's decisions and choices about breastfeeding in Ireland: What about WHO Recommendations? International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress [Details]
(2011)School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference
O'Connell, R., Downe S, Dykes, F (2011) The size paradox enabling authentic midwifery to emerge School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference [Details]
(2009)Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions. Proceedings of the National Academy 2nd Annual Conference Cork: NAIRTL
Gijbels, H,Dalton-O'Connor, C, O'Connell, R, O'Donovan, M , Murphy, J, Higgs, B ; (2009) A systematic review of the impact of post registration nursing and midwifery education on practice Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions. Proceedings of the National Academy 2nd Annual Conference Cork: NAIRTL [Details]
(2008)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress
O'Connell, R., Downe, S. ; (2008) Midwives' Construction of Midwifery and Childbirth in a Technocratic Hospital Environment A Metasynthesis International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress Glasgow, [Details]
(2008)Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education & Technology 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Proceedings
O'Sullivan, Brid,O'Connell, R; (2008) Secondary Prevention in Heart Disease: Learning Needs of Angioplasty Patients Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education & Technology 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Proceedings School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, [Details]
(2002)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress
O'Connell, R., Cronin M. ; (2002) Home Birth in Ireland: A review International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress Vienna, [Details]
(1999)ICM Triennial Conference
O’Connell, R., Cronin M.; (1999) Home Birth in Ireland: A review . In: * eds. ICM Triennial Conference Vienna, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(2008)The 2nd International Nurse Education Conference: Research and Innovation in International Nurse Education
Gijbels*, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M. (2008) Evaluating the impact of post registration and post graduate nursing and midwifery education: an international literature review using Barr’s et al (1996) evaluative framework for training and education The 2nd International Nurse Education Conference: Research and Innovation in International Nurse Education Dublin, Ireland, [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2014)An evaluation of the HSE guiding framework for the implementation of nurse prescribing of medical ionising radiation (X-Ray) in Ireland.
Drennan J, Naughton C, Griffins M, Butler ML, Grehan J, Moughty A, Kavanagh E, Hyde A, Butler M, Sheridan A, Coughlan B, Hegarty J, Savage E, Coffey A, O Connell R, Creedon R (2014) An evaluation of the HSE guiding framework for the implementation of nurse prescribing of medical ionising radiation (X-Ray) in Ireland. Health Service Executive, Ireland. [Details]
(2007)A Literature Review of Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education.
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M.; (2007) A Literature Review of Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education. Health Service Executive, Dublin. [Details]

Abstract

YearPublication
(2008)Evaluating the impact of post registration and post graduate nursing and midwifery education: an international literature review using Barr's et al (1996) evaluative framework for training and education.
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M. ; (2008) Evaluating the impact of post registration and post graduate nursing and midwifery education: an international literature review using Barr's et al (1996) evaluative framework for training and education. Dublin, Ireland: Abstract [Details]
(2001)A review of community midwifery practice.
O'Connell, R., Cronin, M. ; (2001) A review of community midwifery practice. Abstract [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2000)Medical Teaching Resuscitation News.
O'Connell, R .; (2000) Medical Teaching Resuscitation News. Book Reviews [Details]

Other

YearPublication
(2001)Preceptorship in Nursing and Midwifery Education.
O'Connell, R.; (2001) Preceptorship in Nursing and Midwifery Education. Other [Details]

Unpublished Reports

YearPublication
(2007)A literature review on post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group.
Gijbels, H., Dalton, C., O'Connell, R and O'Donovan, M ; (2007) A literature review on post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group. Dublin, Ireland: Unpublished Reports [Details]

Technical Publication

YearPublication
(2008)Literature Review Summary (9 pages) in Office of Nursing Services Director Report of the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group.
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M.; (2008) Literature Review Summary (9 pages) in Office of Nursing Services Director Report of the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group. Dublin: Technical Publication [Details]
(2007)A Review of post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group.
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M. (2007) A Review of post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group. Technical Publication [Details]
(2007)A Review of post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group.
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M. (2007) A Review of post registration nursing and midwifery education: a report for the Post Registration Nursing and Midwifery Education Review Group. Technical Publication [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008Best Poster, Bourke, S. O'Connell, R. Irish Midwives: Needs when Providing Perinatal Bereavement Support for Parents Experiencing Perinatal Death School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Midwives Section, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Member/
Midwives Association of Ireland (MAI) Chairperson/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)International Confederation of Midwives Trieneal Congress,
O'Connell R., Downe S., Dykes F. (2014) The Size Paradox: a vector for authentic midwifery to emerge. [Oral Presentation], International Confederation of Midwives Trieneal Congress, Prague , 02-JUN-14 - 05-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)8th Interantional Normal Labour and Birth Conference,
Sweeney, S., O'Connell R (2013) ‘Puts back the magic into life’ Fathers’ Experience of Planned Home Birth in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], 8th Interantional Normal Labour and Birth Conference, Grange over Sands , 05-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Federation of Infection Societies Conference,
Smiddy, MP, O' Connell, R., Creedon, SA. (2013) Healthcare workers' compliance with hand hygiene guidelines: A metasynthesis. [Poster Presentation], Federation of Infection Societies Conference, Bermingham, England , 11-NOV-13 - 13-NOV-13. [Details]
(2013)8th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference,
O'Connell, R., Downe, S., Dykes F (2013) The Size paradox: A vector for authentic midwifery to emerge. [Oral Presentation], 8th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference, Grange over Sands , 05-JUN-13 - 07-JUN-13. [Details]
(2012)The Essence of Midwifery Care in Labour: Essence of Midwifery Care Conference: Responding to the Challenges of Today,
O'Connell, R; Downe, S; Dykes, F (2012) The Challenges for Irish Midwives working in an Urban Delivery Suite. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], The Essence of Midwifery Care in Labour: Essence of Midwifery Care Conference: Responding to the Challenges of Today, Coombe Women's and Infants Univerity Hospital , 03-MAY-12 - 03-MAY-11. [Details]
(2012)Grand Rounds,
O'Connell R., Downe S., Dykes F (2012) The challenges for labour ward midwives. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Grand Rounds, Cork University Maternity Hospital , 21-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)12th Annual Conference. Transforming Health Care through Education and Reseaarch,
O'Connell, R; Downe, S, Dykes, F (2011) The Size Paradox Enabling Authentic Midwifery to Emerge. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 12th Annual Conference. Transforming Health Care through Education and Reseaarch, School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin , 09-NOV-11 - 10-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)School of Nursing and Midwifery, Annual Research Conference,
O’Connell, R., Downe S, Dykes, F (2011) The size paradox enabling authentic midwifery to emerge. [Oral Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery, Annual Research Conference, University College Cork , 04-NOV-11 - 04-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education,
Phelan, A Leahy-Warren P, Mulcahy H, O'Connell, R ; (2010) Breastfeeding, decisions, choices, dilemmas. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010)11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education,
O¿Connell, R., Downe S, Dykes, F ; (2010) Street level bureaucracy and labour ward midwives' construction of childbirth in a technocratic environment. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin , 04-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010)Midwifery Seminar International Midwives' Day Cork University Maternity Hospital,
O'Connell, R; (2010) Midwives' construction of childbirth in a technocratic environment. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Midwifery Seminar International Midwives' Day Cork University Maternity Hospital, Cork , 05-MAY-10 - 05-MAY-10. [Details]
(2008)School of Nursing and Midwifery Annual Research Conference,
Harry Gijbels, Caroline Dalton-O'Connor, Rhona O'Connell, Moira O'Donovan Catherine McAuley ; (2008) A systematic review of the impact of post-registration nursing and midwifery education on practice. [Poster Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery Annual Research Conference, Cork , 10-OCT-08 - 10-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R., O'Donovan M.; (2008) A Systematic Review of the Impact of Post-registration Nursing and Midwifery Education on Practice. [Poster Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Cork , 01-OCT-08 - 01-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress,
O'Connell, R.; (2008) -. [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Glasgow, Scotland , 01-JUN-08 - 05-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Czech Confederation of Midwives National Midwifery Conference,
O'Connell, R.; (2008) Experience of Childbirth in a Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], Czech Confederation of Midwives National Midwifery Conference, Prague , 10-APR-08 - 12-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress,
O'Connell, R., Downe, S. ; (2008) A Metasynthesis: Midwives, what they say about hospital midwifery. [Oral Presentation], International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Glasgow , 02-JUN-08 - 05-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference,
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M; (2008) A systematic review of international literature of post-registration nursing and midwifery education, using Barr's et al (1999) evaluative framework. [Invited Oral Presentation], Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference, Liverpool, England , 08-APR-08 - 11-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Challenging Assumptions: 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL),
Gijbels, H., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Connell, R. & O'Donovan, M. ; (2008) Impact of Post-registration Nursing and Midwifery Education. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Challenging Assumptions: 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL), Waterford Institute of Technology , 13-NOV-08 - 14-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Nursing Conference,
O'Connell, R., Gijbels, H., Dalton-O¿Connor, C., O¿Donovan M.; (2008) A systematic review of international literature of post-registration nursing and midwifery education using Barr's (1999) evaluative framework. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Nursing Conference, Dublin , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Nurse Education Today Conference,
Gijbels, H., O'Connell, R., Dalton-O'Connor, C., O'Donovan M.; (2008) Evaluating the impact of post registration and post graduate nursing and midwifery education: An international systematic literature review using Barr's (1999) evaluative framework for training and education. [Oral Presentation], Nurse Education Today Conference, Dublin , 01-JUN-08 - 01-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
Bourke, S. O'Connell, R. ; (2008) Irish Midwives: Needs when Providing Perinatal Bereavement Support for Parents Experiencing Perinatal Death. [Poster Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Cork , 01-OCT-08 - 01-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork Eighth Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
Harry Gijbels, Caroline Dalton-O'Connor, Rhona O'Connell, Moira O'Donovan; (2008) Impact of Post-registration Nursing and Midwifery Education. [Poster Presentation], Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork Eighth Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Cork , 10-OCT-08 - 10-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress,
O’Connell, R., Downe, S.; (2008) Midwives, what they say about hospital midwifery. A Metasynthesis. [Oral Presentation], International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Glasgow , 02-JUN-08 - 05-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)School of Nursing and Midwifery 8th Research Conference,
O’Connell, R., Downe, S.; (2008) Metasynthesis on Midwives of Hospital Midwifery. [Oral Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery 8th Research Conference, University College Cork , 10-OCT-08 - 10-OCT-08. [Details]
(2008)Czech Confederation of Midwives National Midwifery Conference,
O’Connell, R.,; (2008) Midwives’ Experience of Childbirth in a Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], Czech Confederation of Midwives National Midwifery Conference, * , 11-APR-08 - 11-APR-08. [Details]
(2007)Women's, Infant and Sexual Health Research Seminar,
O'Connell, R .; (2007) Midwives' Construction of Midwifery and Childbirth in a Technocratic Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], Women's, Infant and Sexual Health Research Seminar, UCLAN Preston , 06-DEC-07 - 06-DEC-07. [Details]
(2007)Women's, Infant and Sexual Health Research Seminar,
O'Connell, R .; (2007) Some progress on the crooked road. [Oral Presentation], Women's, Infant and Sexual Health Research Seminar, UCLAN Preston , 08-MAY-07 - 08-MAY-07. [Details]
(2007)PATHS Conference UCC,
O'Connell, R .; (2007) Metasynthesis of Midwives' Experience of Hospital Birth. [Oral Presentation], PATHS Conference UCC, Cork , 11-DEC-07 - 11-DEC-07. [Details]
(2006)Postgraduate Seminar Programme,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) Obstetric nurse or midwife? A historical crisis. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Seminar Programme, UCLAN Preston , 19-MAY-06 - 19-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) Metasynthesis of Qualitative Research. [Oral Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Seminar, - , 30-MAR-06 - 30-MAR-06. [Details]
(2006)Women and Children¿s Research Forum,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) Midwives' Construction of Childbirth in a Technocratic Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], Women and Children¿s Research Forum, College of Medicine and Health , 31-MAR-06 - 31-MAR-06. [Details]
(2006)School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Forum,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) Midwives' Construction of Childbirth in a Technocratic Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Forum, - , 01-APR-06 - 01-APR-06. [Details]
(2006)Postgraduate Seminar Programme,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) Midwives' Perspective on Hospital Birth. [Oral Presentation], Postgraduate Seminar Programme, UCLAN Preston , 15-MAY-06 - 15-MAY-06. [Details]
(2006)Normal Birth Research Conference,
O'Connell, R.; (2006) -. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Normal Birth Research Conference, Grange over Sands, Lancashire , 07-JUN-06 - 09-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)Midwifery Seminar,
McCarthy, G., O'Connell, R.; (2006) Midwifery Perspectives Vienna. [Oral Presentation], Midwifery Seminar, Cork, College of Midwifery Southern Health Board , 26-JUN-06 - 26-JUN-06. [Details]
(2005)Midwifery Research Seminar,
O'Connell, R.; (2005) Obstetric nurse or midwife? A historical crisis. [Oral Presentation], Midwifery Research Seminar, Dept of Midwifery Studies UCLAN , 19-MAY-05 - 19-MAY-05. [Details]
(2005)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress,
O'Connell, R.; (2005) -. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Brisbane, Australia , 24-JUL-05 - 28-JUL-05. [Details]
(2002)Health Serviced Research Group,
O¿Connell, R., Cronin, M. ; (2002) Home Birth in Ireland 1993 - 1997. A review of community midwifery practice. [Oral Presentation], Health Serviced Research Group, Cork , 13-MAR-02 - 13-MAR-02. [Details]
(2002)Cork/Kerry Nurse and Midwifery Education Seminar,
O'Connell, R.; (2002) Midwifery Perspectives. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Cork/Kerry Nurse and Midwifery Education Seminar, Southern Health Board , 26-JUN-02 - 26-JUN-02. [Details]
(2002)Midwifery Seminar College of Midwifery Southern Health Board,
O¿Connell, R; (2002) Midwifery Perspectives Vienna. [Oral Presentation], Midwifery Seminar College of Midwifery Southern Health Board, Cork , 26-JUN-02 - 26-JUN-02. [Details]
(2002)International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress,
O¿Connell, R., Cronin M.; (2002) Home Birth in Ireland: A review. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, Vienna , 13-APR-02 - 16-APR-02. [Details]
(2002)Health Services Research Group,
O’Connell,R.,Cronin, M.; (2002) Home Birth in Ireland 1993 - 1997.A review of community midwifery practice. [Oral Presentation], Health Services Research Group, * , 13-MAR-02 - 13-MAR-02. [Details]
(2001)Midwives Association of Ireland AGM,
O'Connell, R.; (2001) Competencies for Midwives an International Perspective. [Oral Presentation], Midwives Association of Ireland AGM, Cork , 12-MAY-01 - 12-MAY-01. [Details]
(2001)Cork/Kerry Nurse Education Seminar,,
O'Connell, R.; (2001) Challenges to Midwifery Practice. [Oral Presentation], Cork/Kerry Nurse Education Seminar,, Blarney, Co. Cork , 20-FEB-01 - 20-FEB-01. [Details]
(2001)Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conference University of Dublin Trinity College,
O¿Connell, R., Cronin, M.; (2001) Home Birth in Ireland 1993 ¿ 1997: A review of community midwifery practice. [Peer Reviewed Abstract], Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conference University of Dublin Trinity College, TCD Dublin , 14-NOV-01 - 16-NOV-01. [Details]
(2000)South Eastern Health Board Midwifery Symposium,
O'Connell, R.; (2000) Empowering Midwives: The Challenge to accept the Midwifery Model of Birth. [Oral Presentation], South Eastern Health Board Midwifery Symposium, Kilkenny , 17-JAN-00 - 17-JAN-00. [Details]
(1999)Women and Children's Research Forum College of Medicine and Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Forum,
O’Connell, R.,; (1999) Midwives' Construction of Childbirth in a Technocratic Hospital Environment. [Oral Presentation], Women and Children's Research Forum College of Medicine and Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Forum, * , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1998)Cork/Kerry Nurse Education Seminar,
O¿Connell, R., ; (1998) Developments in High Dependency Neonatal Care. [Invited Oral Presentation], Cork/Kerry Nurse Education Seminar, Cork , 20-MAY-98 - 20-MAY-98. [Details]
(1998)Midwives Association of Ireland, AGM,,
O¿Connell, R.; (1998) Authoritative Knowledge in Childbirth. [Oral Presentation], Midwives Association of Ireland, AGM,, Cork , 28-NOV-98 - 28-NOV-98. [Details]
(1997)National Neonatal Nurses Seminar,
O¿Connell, R., ; (1997) NO and off we go! High Frequency Oscillation and Nitric Oxide. [Oral Presentation], National Neonatal Nurses Seminar, Cork , 11-MAY-97 - 11-MAY-97. [Details]
(1996)Irish Nurse Research Interest Group Conference,
O¿Connell, R.,; (1996) Place of Preceptorship in Irish Nurse Education. [Oral Presentation], Irish Nurse Research Interest Group Conference, Dublin , 12-OCT-96 - 12-OCT-96. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Midwifery Committee An Bord Altranais 2003 / 2005
National Midwifery Advisory Forum Department of Health and Children 2000 / 2003
National Standards Authority of Ireland: Health Informatics Standards Committee (NSAI HISC) Working Group 2 Nursing 2006 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
School of Nursing and Midwifery College Lecturer (midwifery)01-JUL-98 /
Erinville Hospital Midwife/neonatal nurse01-JAN-95 / 01-JAN-97
Erinville Hospital Midwife Tutor01-JAN-90 / 01-JAN-94
Unified Maternity Services Midwife Teacher01-JAN-97 / 01-JAN-98

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1995TCD MEd-
1990UCC BA-
2011University of Central Lancashire PhDMidwifery

Teaching Interests

Midwifery
Research supervision and support 

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
O Mahony James Martin Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn III NU3070Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn III
2015Normal Childbirth: Current Debates and Trends NU5047Normal Childbirth: Current Debates and Trends
2015Health Promotion for Midwifery Practice NU4070Health Promotion for Midwifery Practice
2015Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation NU5081Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation
2015Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn II - Complications NU2093Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn II - Complications