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Miss Stephanie Lawrence BSc, MSc, PGCT&L, Cert in Front Line Management, PhD candidate.
I am a Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability ID and a Registered Children’s Nurse RCN. I began my career in nursing in 1996 and qualified through Cope Foundation Cork. I worked in Dublin City University as a lecturer in ID nursing and continued my education to MSc level in University Cork Dublin. I later returned to full time education in 2010 and qualified as an RCN through the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Trinity College Dublin. I am currently lecturing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the University College Cork now ranked QS top top 50. I hold a teaching and learning qualification from Dublin Institute of Technology. I also have a qualification in first line management.
I commenced my appointment on the 5th of August 2015. In UCC I am teaching on the Children’s and General integrated programme. I supervise MSc students and I am also involved in research. To date I have also developed an online module titled Personal & Professional development NU6301 for an MSc in Nursing & Midwifery. The module involved building content online regarding continued professional development and representing lifelong learning through an eportfolio. I have previously been involved in similar projects in the Royal College of Surgeons who introduced the concept of Blended learning into their programmes i.e. a combination of online and classroom teaching. Having secured funding from the National Council Nursing & Midwifery I became Principal Investigator to pilot a project on the use of an eportfolio as a means for continued professional development. This report was published in 2009.
I am self-driven, results orientated, creative and innovative with an adaptable approach to any work environment. I have registered for a PhD in UCC. My proposed study aims to look at Adolescents, Risky Health Behaviours and Accessing GP Services. My study will interview, GP, Adolescents and parents to see how we can make the GP service more accessible and feasible for our adolescents. I have organised a great team of supervisors. The study commences in October 2016.
I strive for excellence in work performance and clinical standards both from a personal and team based perspective. I put my heart and soul into my teaching and research. I have some publications and endeavour to publish more this year. I occasionally work as a nurse in clinical practice to maintain my skills. I feel this is necessary and keeps me up to date with evidence based practice creating that link with theory and practice. I also act as a consultant in the field of nursing.