Research Profile

Ann Cummins

BIOGRAPHY

Education: MSc in Nursing (Clinical Practice) UCD; BSc in Nursing, UCC; Registered General Nurse, Mercy University Hospital Cork; Registered Children's Nurse, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London; Diploma in Integrated Computer Applications, Skerries Business College, Cork; Diploma in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, UCC. Currently undertaking a Masters of Arts in Teaching & Learning, UCC (2011-2012).

My clinical background is in paediatics and I have over 10 years experience as staff nurse, Clincal Nurse Manager 1 & 2 in paediatrics. I have worked as a Clincal Placement Co-ordinator and Lecturer Practitioner in both general and children's disciplines. 

I am currently lecturing in the general undergraduate nursing programme across a broad range of modules. I am year co-ordinator for the BSc 2010 Nursing intake.
     
Interests: Paediatric neurology, in particular epilepsy; information technology & nursing and the benefits of preadmission visits to prepare children and thier parents for day case surgery.

Research Interests

My specialist area of research and teaching interest is paediatric neurology. Related to this, I lecture both in paediatric and adult neurology.  

For my MSc in Nursing I conducted a phenomenological study which explored mothers' needs for information and support following their child's diagnosis of epilepsy.  The findings of this research were presented at national and international conferences and through peer reviewed journals.

My Lecturer Practitioner colleagues and I in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, UCC conducted a study which evaluated the role of the Lecturer Practitioner (LP). I presented the findings of this LP study at the RCN international nursing conference both as concurrent paper and poster in 2008. 

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 invited to come to the ward for an hour long pre admission visit. A DVD and an information 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. The findings of this evaluation study have been presented as concurrent papers and poster in 2008 and 2009. Two publications pertaining to this practice development initiative have been published.          

Presently, I am  interested in teaching and learning and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. For this, I am exploring nursing students' perspectives of integration of information technology into concurrent modules. 
  
 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2012)'Development of a Blended Model of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Students on Rostered Placement to Ensure Competence in Information and Communication Technology for Professional Practice in Ireland'
Creedon, SA,Cummins, AM (2012) 'Development of a Blended Model of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Students on Rostered Placement to Ensure Competence in Information and Communication Technology for Professional Practice in Ireland' [DOI] [Details]
(2008)'Clinical Supervision: The Way Forward?'
Cummins A; (2008) 'Clinical Supervision: The Way Forward?' [Details]
(2009)'CHANGING TIMES: SUSTAINING CHANGE UCC MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS LEARNING TOGETHER IN THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT'
Aislinn Joy, Ann Cummins, Carol Condon; (2009) 'CHANGING TIMES: SUSTAINING CHANGE UCC MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS LEARNING TOGETHER IN THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT' [Details]
(2010)'Setting up pre-admission visits for children undergoing day surgery: a practice development initiative'
O' Shea, M; Cummins, A; Kelleher, A; (2010) 'Setting up pre-admission visits for children undergoing day surgery: a practice development initiative' [Details]
(2010)'Field Visits: An Integrated and Community Approach to Placements in Children's Nursing'
Cummins, A; McCloskey, S; O Shea M; O Sullivan, B; Whooley, K; Savage E; (2010) 'Field Visits: An Integrated and Community Approach to Placements in Children's Nursing' [Details]
(2012)'Development of a Blended Model of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Students on Rostered Placement to Ensure Competence in Information and Communication Technology for Professional Practice in Ireland'
Creedon S.A. & Cummins A. (2012) 'Development of a Blended Model of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Students on Rostered Placement to Ensure Competence in Information and Communication Technology for Professional Practice in Ireland' [Details]
(2011)'The perceived effectiveness of a pre-admission visit for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery procedures'
O'Shea M., Cummins A., Kelleher A. (2011) 'The perceived effectiveness of a pre-admission visit for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery procedures' [Details]
(2009)'An Evaluation of Lecturer Practitioners In Ireland'
Hartigan, I, Cummins, A, O'Connell, E, Hughes, M, Hayes, CC, Noonan, B, Fehin, P; (2009) 'An Evaluation of Lecturer Practitioners In Ireland' [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'The Effectiveness of The Lecturer Practitioner Role In Clinical Practice: An Irish Perspective'
Noonan, BJ, Hughes, M, Hayes, CC, Hartigan, I, O'Connell, L, Cummins, A, Fehin, P; (2009) 'The Effectiveness of The Lecturer Practitioner Role In Clinical Practice: An Irish Perspective' [DOI] [Details]
(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]

Other Journals

 YearPublication
(2007)'Hospital can be child's play'
O Shea, M Cummins, A and Kelleher, A; (2007) 'Hospital can be child's play' World of Irish Nursing, 15 (2) :49-49. [Details]
(2010)'Good Record Keeping'
Twomey J. & Cummins A. ; (2010) 'Good Record Keeping' World of Irish Nursing, . [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2012)6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference
John Sweeney, Josephine Hegarty, Carol Condon, Maria O'Shea, Angela Flynn, Lynne Marsh, Agnes Phelan, Ann Cummins, Sile Creedon, Kay O'Mahony, University College Cork (2012) Assessment of Learning in the Clinical practice Environment: Using an On-Line tool to Help Students Understand the Abstract Nature of Steinaker and Bell's (1979) Experiential Taxonomy . In: NAIRTL & Threshold Concepts Conference Steering Committee eds. 6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference Trinity College Dublin, , 28-JUN-12 - 28-JUN-12 , pp.82-83 [Details]
(2009)Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Second Annual Scientific Meeting IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Volume 178, Supplement 6, 161-197, DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0325-5
Aislinn Joy1, Ann Cummins2, Carol Condon2; (2009) CHANGING TIMES: SUSTAINING CHANGE UCC MEDICAL AND NURSING STUDENTS LEARNING TOGETHER IN THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Second Annual Scientific Meeting IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE Volume 178, Supplement 6, 161-197, DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0325-5 [Details]

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2008)2nd UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day,
Hartigan, I. O'Connell, E. Hughes, M. Hayes, C. Cummins, A. Noonan, B. & Fehin, P; (2008) An Evaluation of the Lectuer Practitioner Role. [Oral Presentation], 2nd UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day, University College Cork , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08
(2008)27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference,
O'Connell, L. Hartigan, I. Cummins, A. Noonan, B. Hayes,C. & Fehin,P. (2008) An Evaluation of the Lecturer Practitioner role. [Oral Presentation], 27th International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin , 01-MAY-09 - 01-MAY-09
(2009)An Evaluation of the role of the Lecturer Practitioner in Ireland,
Ann Cummins, O'Connell E., Hartigan I, Hughes M., Hayes C., Noonan B.,Fehin P.; (2009) RCN International Nursing Research Conference. [Oral Presentation], An Evaluation of the role of the Lecturer Practitioner in Ireland, Cardiff , 03-MAR-09 - 03-MAR-09
(2010)Translating Collaborative Care- UCC Medical & Nursing Students learning together in the Hospital Environment,
Joy A., Condon C. & Cummins A. (2010) Collaborative Education. [Poster Presentation], Translating Collaborative Care- UCC Medical & Nursing Students learning together in the Hospital Environment, University College Cork , , 01-DEC-10 - 01-DEC-11
(2011)Safe Patient Care: Healthcare-Associated Infection: Prevention and Control for All,
Kay O' Mahony, Ann Cummins, Fiona Barry (2011) A Strategy to Improve the Care of Patients with a Peripheral Inserted Catherer. [Poster Presentation], Safe Patient Care: Healthcare-Associated Infection: Prevention and Control for All, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC , 01-AUG-11 - 01-AUG-11
(2012)6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference,
John Sweeney, Jospephine Hegarty, Carol Condon, Angela Flynn, Maria o Shea, Lynn Marsh, Ann Cummins, Kay O' Mahony (2012) Assessment of Learning in the Clinical Practice Environment: Using an On-Line tool to help Students Understand the Abstract nature of Steinaker and Bell's (1979) Experiential Taxonomy. [Oral Presentation], 6th Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 28-JUN-12 - 28-JUN-12
(2012)UK Clinical Research Facility Network,
Kay O'Mahony, Ann Cummins, Fiona Barry (2012) A Strategy to Improve Care of Patients with a Peripheral Intravenous Cannual. [Poster Presentation], UK Clinical Research Facility Network, Trinity College Dublin , 02-JUL-12 - 02-JUL-12
(2006)150th Anniversary National Conference,
Cummins A. (2006) Bridging the Theory-Practice Gap. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 150th Anniversary National Conference, Mercy University Hospital, Cork , 01-NOV-06 - 01-NOV-06
(2007)8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Ann Cummins; (2007) Mother's needs for Information and Support following their Child's diagnosis of Epilepsy. [Poster Presentation], 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07
(2007)NDA Research Conference,
Ann Cummins; (2007) Mother's needs for Information and Support following their Child's diagnosis of Epilepsy. [Poster Presentation], NDA Research Conference, University College Dublin , 01-NOV-07 - 01-NOV-07
(2008)Health4Life Judgment, Assessment & Decision-Making in Health & Social Care conference,
Ann Cummins; (2008) Mothers' Perceptions of their needs for Information and Support following their Child's diagnosis of Epilepsy. A Phenomenological study. [Oral Presentation], Health4Life Judgment, Assessment & Decision-Making in Health & Social Care conference, Dublin City University , 03-SEP-08 - 03-SEP-08
(2008)RCN International Nursing Research Conference,
O'Connell E., Cummins A., Hartigan I., Hughes M., Hayes C., Noonan B. & Fehin P; (2008) An Evaluation of the Role of the Lecturer Practitioner. [Poster Presentation], RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Liverpool , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08
(2008)RCN International Nursing Research Conference,
Ann Cummins; (2008) Mothers' Perceptions of their needs for Information and Support following their Child's diagnosis of Epilepsy. A Phenomenological study. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Liverpool , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08
(2009)Child and Family Study day,
Ann Cummins, Maria O'Shea, Ann Kelleher; (2009) Pre-Operative Visits and the inclusion of Play. [Invited Oral Presentation], Child and Family Study day, Cork University Hosptial , 01-JAN-09 - 01-JAN-09
(2010)11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Cummins A., O Mahony K. & Barry F. (2010) A strategy to improve the care of patients with a peripheral intravenous cannula. [Poster Presentation], 11th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 01-SEP-10 - 01-SEP-10
(2010)Translational Health Research Day,
Joy A., Condon C. & Cummins A. (2010) Translating Collaborative Care- UCC Medical & Nursing Students learning together in the Hospital Environment. [Poster Presentation], Translational Health Research Day, University College Cork , 01-SEP-10 - 01-SEP-10
(2010)10th Annual Conference: Quality and Innovation Achieving Excellence in Patient Care,
Cummins A., O Mahony K. & Barry F. (2010) A strategy to improve the care of patients with a peripheral intravenous cannula. [Poster Presentation], 10th Annual Conference: Quality and Innovation Achieving Excellence in Patient Care, National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery, Dublin , 01-NOV-10 - 01-NOV-11
(2008)7th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
O'Connell E., Hartigan I., Cummins A., Hughes M., Hayes C., Noonan B.,Fehin P.; (2008) An Evaluation of the Role Lecturer Practitioner role. [Oral Presentation], 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08
(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)7th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
O' Shea, M. and Cummins, A. ; (2007) The effectiveness of pre-admission visits for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery. [Poster Presentation], 7th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07
(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

Review Articles

 YearPublication
(2010)Good Record Keeping.
Twomey J. & Cummins A. ; (2010) Good Record Keeping. Review Articles [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2003Higher Diploma in Integrated Computer Applications (Distinction) Skerries Business College, Cork
2012Masters of Arts in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Honours) University College Cork
2007MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) Honours University College Dublin
1994Milupa Education Research Award Milupa
1995Milupa Education & Research Award Milupa

Associations

 AssocationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Heart Foundation CPR Instructor/
Irish Nurses Organisation Member/
Irish Association of Paediatric Nurses Member/
An Bord Altranais Registered General Nurse & Registered Children's Nurse/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
BSc Curriculum Review Group Member2008 / 2009
Clinical Practice Committee Member, Practice Module Leader2006 / 2009

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midiwfery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork Nurse Lecturer01-SEP-11 / 31-JUL-12
Mercy University Hospital, Cork Clinical Placement Co-ordinator01-SEP-09 / 31-AUG-11
Catherine Mc Auley School of Nursing & Midiwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Comples, University College Cork Lecturer Practitioner04-SEP-06 / 31-AUG-09

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
2007University College Dublin Masters in NursingNursing
2010University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher EducationEducation
1998University College Cork BSc (Nursing)Nursing
2001Skerries Business College, Cork DiplomaHigher Diploma in Integrated Computer Applications

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Irish FluentFunctionalFunctional

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

<< Ann draws on a number of formats for teaching namely from lecture style to tutorial to leading clinical skills laboratory sessions and simulations. Ann is a module leader  and her key responsibilities include the organisation of the module, ensuring the syllabus meets appropriate standards for the level of the programme. Ann discusses the module content and assessment process with the team. Ann meets with external examiners to discuss and review the module that she leads. Ann has experience of formative and summative assessment for written exams and assignments. Ann mainly lectures on the undergraduate degree programme in both general and integrated general and children's nursing. Ann lectures on various modules including: 

Ann is Year Co-ordinator for the 2010 intake of undergraduate nursing students. This role has a number of responsibilities related to teaching, coordination, checking of timetables,  student support and administration. The role of year co-ordinator is primarily to provide information and explanations regarding course information, examination/assignment scheduling and examination processes. Ann co-ordinates the day to day administration of the year at the School of Nursing and Midwifery as well as other departments within the college e.g. the examination office regarding booking of venues and invigilators for in class exams. The role also involves liaising with module leaders regarding exam dates and preparation for in-class tests and co-ordinate the return of marks and feedback sheets to the students. Ann meets with the entire 2010 intake on a least three occassions during the academic year and is also available to meet individual students and class representatives as needed. Other duties within her role include organising evaluation of modules and year as appropriate.   

Contact details


  • Lecturer
  • Nursing and Midwifery
    3.32
    Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
    University College Cork
    Cork
    Ireland
  • +353-21-490-1479

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