Research Profile

Serena Fitzgerald

Biography

Dr. Serena FitzGerald is currently working as a lecturer at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork. She is programme coordinator for the MSc in Nursing Studies. She teaches and coordinates modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, mainly in the areas of research methods and evidence-based nursing, fundamental knowledge/skills for nursing practice, and nursing management of challenging acute nursing episodes. Serena currently supervises a number of students on MSc and PhD programmes.

Serena is a Fellow of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), UCC. As part of this role she supports staff and postgraduate students who teach in higher education.

In her role as Director of the Early Career Research Committee (JPND mySupport Study), she creates innovative mechanisms to engage with early career researchers, build research capacity and supports the development of key leadership skills in early career researchers. Serena is also one of the Communication and Activity Officers for the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Early Career Research Forum (ECRF).

Serena holds a PhD in the area of HPV cancer prevention and a Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, UCC. She is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) with a clinical background in practice nursing, and in the areas of older adults, cardiology and stroke rehabilitation. 

Research Interests

Serena is a member of the Cancer Research Group E◊CASP (Enhancing Cancer Awareness and Survivorship Programmes)

The two major research foci within the E◊CASP are:
1.Cancer awareness within the broader spectrum of health promotion
2.Support of patients and significant others on the cancer survivorship journey, with a particular focus on understanding the needs of individuals on the cancer journey and the development and testing of targeted interventions for individuals with cancer and their family/loved ones.

The twitter page for the E◊CASP  is:  https://twitter.com/e_casp

Key Research Interests: 
Cancer Prevention, Palliative Care, Health Behaviours, The Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Sexual Health, Men's Health, Education, Primary/Long Term Care.

In March 2015, Serena successfully defended her PhD thesis titled: "The Human Papillomavirus and Cancer: A Multiphase Study Investigating Preventative Behaviours in Young Males".  In 2017, Serena was awarded a honours Masters Degree for her dissertation in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
   

 
 
 
 
 
 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Scaling up the Family Carer Decision Support Intervention: A transnational effectiveness-implementation evaluationOther: Not Listed01-SEP-1901-OCT-22€250,000.00
Evaluation of the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity ProgrammeIrish Hospice Foundation31-OCT-1730-SEP-18€15,797.00
Scoping and Mapping of the Cancer Survivorship Services in the Irish Context. A study conducted on behalf of the National Control Programme (NCCP)Health Service Executive01-OCT-17€20,000.00
An Examination of the Effectiveness of a Proficiency Based Progression Tracheostomy Training Programme on Health Care Professionals’ Clinical Performance in a Simulated ContextOther: Not Listed01-SEP-16€15,000.00
An Evidence Review on Current Models of Registered Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Community to Inform Policy Development. Department of HealthOther: Not Listed01-OCT-1520-DEC-15€49,064.00
Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service: Quality Evaluation & Clinical ReviewIrish Cancer Society18-DEC-1501-MAY-16€13,382.00
Clinical Systematic Literature Review to Support the Development of Best Practices in Nursing Documentation across Hospitals in the South/South West Hospital Group.Health Service Executive29-FEB-16€15,000.00
A systematic literature review to support a framework for the development of standards for clinical practice guidanceHealth Service Executive01-SEP-1401-JAN-15€20,712.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2016)'A Concept Analysis: Medication Habit'
FitzGerald, S. and Lehane, E. (2016) 'A Concept Analysis: Medication Habit' In: Concept Analysis: Key Concepts Relevant to Nursing Research and Professional Practice. New York: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Paternal Perinatal Depression: A Narrative Review'
Philpott, L.F., Savage, E., Leahy-Warren, P. and FitzGearld, S (2020) 'Paternal Perinatal Depression: A Narrative Review'. 3 (1):1-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Anxiety in fathers in the perinatal period: A systematic review'
Philpott, L.F., Savage, E., FitzGerald, S. and Leahy-Warren, P., 2019. (2019) 'Anxiety in fathers in the perinatal period: A systematic review'. Midwifery, [Details]
(2018)'Promoting men’s awareness, self-examination, and help-seeking for testicular disorders: a systematic review of interventions'
Saab, Mohamad M.; Davoren, Martin; Murphy, Aileen; Murphy, David; Cooke, Eoghan; Landers, Margaret; Fitzgerald, Serena; Richardson, Noel; Rovito, Michael; Von Wagner, Christian (2018) 'Promoting men’s awareness, self-examination, and help-seeking for testicular disorders: a systematic review of interventions'. Hrb Open Research, 1 :1-19 [Details]
(2018)'Electronic nursing documentation interventions to promote or improve patient safety and quality care: A systematic review'
McCarthy, B., Fitzgerald, S., O’Shea, M., Condon, C., Hartnett‐Collins, G., Clancy, M., Sheehy, A., Denieffe, S., Bergin, M. and Savage, E. (2018) 'Electronic nursing documentation interventions to promote or improve patient safety and quality care: A systematic review'. Journal of Nursing Management, 27(3) :491-501 [Details]
(2017)'Stress in fathers in the perinatal period: a systematic review'
Philpott, L.; Leahy-Warren, P.; Fitzgerald, S.; Savage, E. (2017) 'Stress in fathers in the perinatal period: a systematic review'. Midwifery, 55 :113-127 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Men's Perspectives on Cancer Prevention Behaviours associated with HPV'
Fitzgerald, S., Cornally, N., Hegarty, J. (2017) 'Men's Perspectives on Cancer Prevention Behaviours associated with HPV'. Psycho-Oncology, [Details]
(2017)'Conceptualising a model to guide nursing and midwifery in the community guided by an evidence review'
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Benefield, L., Bradley, C., Coffey, A., Donohoe, A., Fitzgerald, S., Frawley, T., Healy, E., Healy, M. and Kelly, M. (2017) 'Conceptualising a model to guide nursing and midwifery in the community guided by an evidence review'. Bmj-British Medical Journal, 16 (1) [Details]
(2017)'Transitional care interventions: Relevance for nursing in the community'
Coffey,A., Mulcahy, H., Savage, E., Fitzgerald, S., Bradley, C., Benefield, L., Leahy-Warren, P. (2017) 'Transitional care interventions: Relevance for nursing in the community'. Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.), :1-7 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Factors that influence nursing andmidwifery students' intentions to study abroad: A qualitative study using the theory of planned behaviour'
Kelleher, S., FitzGerald, S., Hegarty, J. (2016) 'Factors that influence nursing andmidwifery students' intentions to study abroad: A qualitative study using the theory of planned behaviour'. Nurse Education Today, 44 :157-164 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'The Human Papillomavirus: Men's Attitudes and Beliefs Toward the HPV Vaccination and Condom Use in Cancer Prevention'
FitzGerald, SM;Savage, EB;Hegarty, JM (2014) 'The Human Papillomavirus: Men's Attitudes and Beliefs Toward the HPV Vaccination and Condom Use in Cancer Prevention'. Journal Of Mens Health, 11 :121-129 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Preventative HPV Behaviours: What Do Males Think? (Abstract)'
FitzGerald, S., Cornally, N., Hegarty, J. (2017) 'Preventative HPV Behaviours: What Do Males Think? (Abstract)' The journal of sexual medicine, . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2018)Evaluating the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Programme
Cornally, N. FItzGerald, S. Cagney, O., Burton, A., Coffey, A. Dalton, C., Hartigan, I., Harrison, J., Leahy-Warren, P., Nuzum, D., Murphy, M., Pennisi, Y., Savage, E. Seweeney, C. Timmons, S. . (2018) School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference Evaluating the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Programme University College Cork, [Details]
(2016)A New Chapter: Healthy Ireland - Men, Men's Health Symposium, Dublin
FitzGerald, S., Cornally, N., Hegarty, J. (2016) The Human Papillomavirus: An Online Survey Investigating Preventative Behaviours in Young Males A New Chapter: Healthy Ireland - Men, Men's Health Symposium, Dublin [Details]
(2016)16th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing & Midwifery, UCC
Hegarty, J, Savage, E, Cornally, N, Byrne, S, Henn, P, Flynn, M, McLoughlin, K, & Fitzgerald, S (2016) Using a systematic literature review to provide clarity on the various types and formats of clinical guidance and their utility in practice 16th Annual Research Conference, School of Nursing & Midwifery, UCC [Details]
(2016)16th Annual School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference
Hegarty, J, Cornally, N, Fitzgerald, S, Landers, L, McCarthy, G, McAuliffe, A, Moran, J, Noonan, B, O’ Mahony, A, O’ Mahony, M, Power, S, O' Regan, P, Sweeney, C, Weathers, E, Drennan, J, Drummond, F (2016) The Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service: An outline of the findings of a quality evaluation & clinical review 16th Annual School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference [Details]
(2015)15th Annual School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference
FitzGerald, S., Cornally, N., Hegarty, J. (2015) HPV & Cancer: Investigating Preventative Behaviours in Young Males 15th Annual School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference [Details]
(2013)EUROGIN International Multidisciplinary Conference, Florence, Italy
FitzGerald, S., Savage, E., Hegarty, J. (2013) The Human Papillomavirus: attitudes and behaviours toward the HPV vaccination & condom use, in relation to cancer prevention in males [Poster Presentation] EUROGIN International Multidisciplinary Conference, Florence, Italy [Details]
(2013)Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, UCC
FitzGerald, S., Savage, E., Hegarty, J. (2013) Attitudes and behaviours toward the HPV vaccination & condom use, in relation to cancer prevention in males [Poster Presentation] Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, UCC [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2019)Evaluation of the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Programme.
Cornally, N., Cagney, O., Burton, A., Coffey, A., Dalton, C., Hartigan, I., Harrison, J., Murphy, M. Nuzum, D., Pennisi, Y., Savage, E., Sweeney, C., Timmons, S., Leahy Warren, P., & FitzGerald, S. (2019) Evaluation of the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Programme. Irish Hospice Foundation/ HSE, Ireland. [Details]
(2018)Acute Sector Cancer Survivorship Services in the Irish Context.
Hegarty J, Murphy A, Hanan T, O’ Mahony M, Landers M, McCarthy B, Lehane E, Noonan B, Fitzgerald S, Reidy M, Saab MM, Corrigan M, Mullen L (2018) Acute Sector Cancer Survivorship Services in the Irish Context. Health Service Executive/ NCCP, Ireland. [Details]
(2015)A systematic literature review to support a framework for the development of standards for clinical practice guidance.
Hegarty J, Savage E, Cornally N., Byrne S., Henn P., Flynn M., McLoughlin K., Fitzgerald S. (2015) A systematic literature review to support a framework for the development of standards for clinical practice guidance. Department of Health, Dublin, Ireland.   [Details]

Presentation

 YearPublication
(2019)The Flipped Classroom : Enhancing Student Learning in Sexual Health Higher Education.
FitzGerald, S. Dawson, C. (2019) The Flipped Classroom : Enhancing Student Learning in Sexual Health Higher Education. Presentation [Details]
(2014)“A Sexually Transmitted Infection can cause Cancer?”.
FitzGerald, S (2014) “A Sexually Transmitted Infection can cause Cancer?”. Doctoral Showcase, University College Cork: Presentation [Details]

Unpublished Reports

 YearPublication
(2016)An Evidence Review on Current Models of Registered Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Community to Inform Policy Development.
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Kelly, M., Phelan, A., Savage, E., Benefield, L., Bradley, C., Coffey, A., Donohoe,, A., Fitzgerald, S., Frawley, T., Healy, M., Meagher, C., McCarthy, B., O’Connell, R., Paul,, G., Stokes, D., McLoughlin, K., O’Mahony, A., Walsh, J. and Healy, L. (2016) An Evidence Review on Current Models of Registered Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Community to Inform Policy Development. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2016)An Evidence Review on Current Models of Registered Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Community to Inform Policy Development. Department of Health.
Leahy-Warren, P., Mulcahy, H., Kelly, M., Phelan, A., Savage, E., Benefield, L., Bradley, C., Coffey, A., Donohoe,, A., Fitzgerald, S., Frawley, T., Healy, M., Meagher, C., McCarthy, B., O’Connell, R., Paul,, G., Stokes, D., McLoughlin, K., O’Mahony, A., Walsh, J. and Healy, L. (2016) An Evidence Review on Current Models of Registered Nursing and Midwifery Practice in the Community to Inform Policy Development. Department of Health. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2016)Clinical Systematic Literature Review to Support the Development of Best Practices in Nursing Documentation across Hospitals in the South/South West Hospital Group. Report prepared for South/South West Directors of Nursing Group.
Savage, E., Harnett, G., Denieffe, S., Weathers, E., Hegarty, J., Mulligan, L., Condon, C., Fehin, P., FitzGerald, S., Marsh, L., McCarthy, B., Noonan, B., O Reilly, A., O’Shea, M., Wills, T., Clancy, M., Crosby, N., Herrity, L., Lyons, T., Sheehy, A., Thompson, E., Bergin, M., Finn, F., Madden, K., Wells, J. and Sheahan, L. (2016) Clinical Systematic Literature Review to Support the Development of Best Practices in Nursing Documentation across Hospitals in the South/South West Hospital Group. Report prepared for South/South West Directors of Nursing Group. Unpublished Reports [Details]
(2015)Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service: Quality Evaluation & Clinical Review. Irish Cancer Society, Page: 1-220.
Hegarty, J., Drummond, F., Cornally, N., Fitzgerald, S., Landers, M., McCarthy, G., McAuliffe, A.,Moran, J., Noonan, B., O’ Mahony A., O'Mahony, M., Power, S., O'Regan, P., Sweeney, C., Weathers, E., Drennan, J. (2015) Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service: Quality Evaluation & Clinical Review. Irish Cancer Society, Page: 1-220. Unpublished Reports [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019Best Oral Presentation Award UCC
2017Erasmus+ Programme- Teaching Staff Visit University College Cork
2017Health Promotion Bursary Marie Keating Foundation
2013Studentship School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
2013Conference Travel Bursary School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC
2012Studentship School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation Member01-NOV-10 /

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Early Career Research Committee (my Support JPND) Director2019 /
School of Nursing and Midwifery Executive Committee General member2019 /
School of Nursing and Midwifery Research Committee General member2019 /
School of Nursing and Midwifery Teaching and Curriculum Committee General member2019 /
SONM Postgraduate Committee General member2019 /
Student Experience Committee Member2018 /
AIIHPC Early Career Researchers Forum (ECRF) Executive Committee Member2018 /
External Communications & Relations Committee Member2018 /

Teaching Activities

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2020Minhee Yang UCCMSc (Nursing)The effectiveness of pain management interventions for people with dementia in long-term care
2020Una Lehane UCCMSc (Nursing)Examining Healthcare Professionals opinions and use of a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Admission Care Bundle in the Emergency Department
2020Sophia Egan UCCMPHExamining the Barriers and Facilitators to Contraceptive Healthcare in Cork city: A healthcare Worker’s Perspective
2020Melissa Margaret-Alice O'Neill UCCMPHKnowledge of and Barriers to the use of Long Acting Reversible Contraception
2019Jenny Lynch UCCAdvanced NursingHealthcare professional perceptions towards nurse-led discharge.
2019Elaine O’Donovan UCCAdvanced NursingThe Impact of death and dying on the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Palliative Care.
2018Lalu Laby University College CorkMSc (Nursing)Nurse’s knowledge and attitudes towards late life depression in long term care
2018Myra Hume University College CorkMSc (Nursing)Meaningful Activities in Long Term Care
2017Evelyn Savage University College CorkMasters in NursingThe evaluation of nurse’s knowledge, perceptions and current practice in the use of pain assessment tools for dementia residents.
2017Asha Sebastian University College CorkMasters in NursingAttitudes and Expectations of Nursing staff and Healthcare Assistants towards the Implementation of Music therapy for Older adults with Dementia.
2017Sean Kelleher University College CorkDoctor of NursingDeterminants of Intention to Study Abroad among Nursing and Midwifery Students: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Evidence Based Cervical Screening NU6158Evidence Based Cervical Screening
2021Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care NU2050Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care
2021Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care NU4073Research for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery Care
2021Clinical General Practice Nursing I NU6155Clinical General Practice Nursing I
2021Clinical General Practice Nursing II NU6156Clinical General Practice Nursing II
2021Personal and Professional Development NU6301Personal and Professional Development
2021Research Methods NU6005Research Methods

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