Research by the Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies

Research AreaDetails
The Development of Disability Studies in Ireland.
A chapter in the book "The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education" (2020)
Disabled activist’s Involvement in developing and delivering disability Studies at St. Angela’s College Sligo Ireland.



Staff Involved: Peter Kearns, Susan Carton
Psychological Interventions for Preventing and Treating Foot Ulcers in People with Diabetes. (2020)  Ongoing -this is a protocol for a Cochrane systematic review which is undergoing final review at the moment and to be published June 2020.

Affiliated Institutions: NUI Galway, Kings College London

Staff Involved: Dr Helen Mc Gloin
Supporting Recovery in Mental Health - Mental Health Service - Your Service Your Review.
(2017-2019)
Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College and HSE (Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services)
The Development of Nursing Quality Care Process Metrics and Indicators for use in Older Persons Care Settings: A Delphi‐Consensus Study. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 75(12), 3471-3484 (2019)  To develop a suite of nursing quality care process metrics and indicators for older persons care settings in Ireland. Developing this suite of nursing quality care process metrics and indicators for use in older persons care settings provided consensus on what nursing processes should be measured to improve the quality and safety of care delivery.Impact: The nursing processes identified and provided a framework for future research and educational programmes in the care of older persons. Although conducted in the Irish healthcare system, there is potential for adoption or adaption in other healthcare settings.

Affiliated Institutions: 
Health Services Executive Ireland, University of Limerick

Staff Involved: 
Angela Killeen
Telemonitoring to Support the Transition to Insulin Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes. (2019) Telemonitoring support was implemented with 40 patients by clinical nurse specialists to support their transition to insulin therapy and the effects on biomedical and psychosocial variables was explored. Research was completed from 2016-2018.

Affiliated Institutions: 
HSE/ St. Angela’s College

Staff Involved:
Dr Helen McGloin (PI),Dr Patsy McSharry, Dympna O’Connell, Denise Healy, Lisa Winters O’Donnell, Charlotte Beech 
How the Application of a Coaching Approach Can Facilitate the Implementation of the Recovery Framework in Mental Health Practice. Kingstown College Coaching Magazine (2019)  Within this paper, Patsy explores the overlap between the philosophy of the Recovery Approach to Mental Health Care and that of Coaching. After describing how these approaches overlap. Equipping Mental Health Care Professionals with knowledge and skills in Recovery Coaching is put forward as a possible strategy to advance the Recovery agenda in Practice.

Staff Involved: 
Dr Patsy McSharry
Non-Traditional Learning Experience for Baccalaureate Nursing Students 
(2018-2019)
Research was completed from 2018- 2019.  A Qualitative descriptive study exploring a non-Traditional Learning Experience for Baccalaureate Nursing Students

Affiliated Institutions: Funder St. Angela’s College.

Staff Involved: Evelyn McManus (PI), Dr Edel McSharry, Siobhan Healy McGowan, Dypmna O’Connell
Non-Traditional Learning Experience for Baccalaureate Nursing Students 
(2018-2019)
Research was completed from 2018- 2019.  A Qualitative descriptive study exploring a non-Traditional Learning Experience for Baccalaureate Nursing Students

Staff Involved: Evelyn McManus
The Development of Disability Studies in Ireland.
A chapter in the book "Studies on Disability; International Theoretical, Empirical and Didactics Experiences (2018)
Disability Studies at St. Angela’s College: tracing the pathways leading to the current understanding and response to disability.

Affiliated Institution: The Maria Grzegorzewska University, (Warsaw) Poland

Staff Involved: 
Susan Carton, Peter Kearns
Key Word Signing: Parents’ Experiences of an Unaided Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Lámh). 2018. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Vol 23 No 3 (2017-2018) Funded Research for Lámh conducted from 2017-2018. Parents’ experiences of using Lámh, a key word signing approach used in Ireland, were captured through in-depth face-to-face interviews with parents of children with a range of intellectual disabilities.

Affiliated Institutions: Lámh Development Office

Staff Involved: Ursula Gilrane, Denise Healy, Siobhan Healy McGowan, Seamus Dolan, Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher, and Carmel Jennings 
Patient Empowerment Using Electronic Telemonitoring with Telephone Support in the Transition to Insulin Therapy in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Observational, Pre-post, Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol. 22(4): E16161. 2020. (2016-2018) Telemonitoring support was implemented with 40 patients by clinical nurse specialists to support their transition to insulin therapy and the effects on biomedical and psychosocial variables was explored. Research was completed from 2016-2018.

Affiliated Institutions: HSE/ St. Angela’s College

Staff Involved: Dr Helen McGloin, Dympna O'Connell, Dr Patsy Mc Sharry, Denise Healy, Lisa Winters O'Donnell 
The Dementia Patient’s Pathway through the Specialist Palliative Care Services, Part 1. European Journal of Palliative Care. 25(1); 37-39 (2018) Description inc. when research took place:This study was funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and took place in 2016-17. The study examined the experiences of carers and healthcare professions of the Special Palliative Care services. 

Affiliated Institutions: 
Irish Hospice Foundation

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
Service Users and Carers’ Experiences of HSE NW Mental Health Services Contribution to the Recovery Journey
(2015-2017)
 
This research was completed from 2015-2017 and sought to determine how both individuals with a mental health diagnosis and engaging with Sligo/Leitrim Mental Services and their families/carers’ perceive the supports they receive from the Mental Health Services on their recovery journey. 

Affiliated Institutions: St Angela’s College, HSE, Sligo Reseach Foundation

Staff Involved: Tom O Grady, Ursula Gilrane, Dympna O'Connell, Seamus DolanDr Helen McGloin, Denise Healy, Dr Edel McSharry, Siobhan Healy McGowan, Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher, Carmel Jennings, Dr Patsy McSharry.  
Promoting Healthy lifestyle Behaviours and Well-being among Nursing Students (2017)   Within this Continuing Professional Development article, Patsy outlines the theory and practice of promoting and facilitating healthy lifestyle behaviours in student nurses. The article provides readers with all they need to apply this learning in their own lives.

Staff Involved: Dr Patsy McSharry   
Poetry as an Engagement Strategy: A Novice Teacher Experience of its use within Lectures. Nurse Education in Practice. 24, pp.43-48. (2017)  This paper aims to evaluate using poetry as an engaging teaching strategy within a lecture format for the first time as a novice teacher when drawing out nursing students attitudes towards older persons with a focus on supporting them in embracing key care skills in the clinical setting.

Affiliated Institutions:  St. Angela's and NUI Galway.

Staff Involved:  Denise Healy   
Transcultural Co-operation and Competence in Nursing (TRaNSCoCoN) 
(2017)
 
Research for TRaNSCoCoN started in 2017 and is ongoing.  The project involves Erasmus plus five partners: United Kingdom, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Ireland.

Staff Involved: Dr Edel McSharry, Denise Healy, Siobhan Healy McGowan 
Implementation and Evaluation of a Best Practice Preceptorship Model. (2017) Research started in 2017 and is ongoing.  A collaborative project supported by SUH and St. Angela’s College.

Affiliated Institutions: Sligo University Hospital and St. Angela’s College

Staff Involved: Dr Edel McSharry (PI), Dr Helen McGloin 
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Health and Well Being Module on Nursing Students' Health. Nurse Education Today 44, 26-32 (2016) Within this article, a study that took place to evaluate the effect of a health and wellbeing module on student health behaviours is described. Information is provided on Pre study health behaviour parameters which are then compared with post module delivery parameters.

Staff Involved: Dr Patsy McSharry
Social Inclusion of people with Intellectual Disabilities: The Impact of Place and Residence. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 22(1), 10-14. (2015)  This was a study undertaken in order to compare the quality of life of people with disabilities who lived in community and campus settings. 116 people with disabilities completed a questionnaire re their quality of life and the choices they made regarding where they lived and who they lived with.

Affiliated Institutions: University of Ulster

Staff Involved: Dr Dympna Walsh Gallagher 
Service Users Perspectives on Sex and Sexuality. Learning Disability Practice, Vol 18. No 1. (2015) Literature review completed in 2015

Staff Involved: Carmel Jennings
“Mind your Head”: A Study of Youth Mental Health in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan. (2014)  Description inc. when research took place:This funded study was conducted in 2014 to firstly, establish the current mental health needs of young people between the ages of 12 – 25 years in the Sligo / Leitrim / West Cavan area and secondly to identify the current resources for youth mental health care and the strengths and weaknesses of such resources.

Affiliated Institutions: Funded research conducted on behalf of Youth Mental Health Initiative

Staff Involved: Tom O‘Grady, Ursula Gilrane, Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher
Understand me; Believe in me; Accept me as I am. Perceptions of a Psychiatry of Later Life Service.Irish Journal of Psychology Medicine. 31(2), 97-106. (2014)  This study aimed to identify and describe the perceptions and experiences of past service users (SUs) and their carers, while in receipt of services from an acute mental health day hospital for Psychiatry of Later Life and to explore their needs/supports.

Affiliated Institutions: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services and The Research and Education Foundation, Sligo University Hospital.

Staff Involved: Tom O‘Grady, Ursula Gilrane
Life with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Striving for 'Controlled Co-existence'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22: 986-995. (2013)  To understand the meaning of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for people and their response to the disease. 

Affiliated Institutions: NUI Galway

Staff Involved: Denise Healy
Indian Nurses’ Experience of Academic Education in Ireland. (2013) A 2013 study exploring the experiences of internationalisation and interculturalisation from the perspective of Indian nurses studying in Ireland.

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College

Staff Involved: Dympna O’Connell (PI), Siobhan Healy McGowan, Dr Helen Mc Gloin, Evelyn McManus, Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher, Dr. Edel McSharry, Dr Patsy McSharry, and Lisa Winters O’Donnell.
Forgotten Grievers: An Exploration of the Grief Experiences of Bereaved Grandparents (Part 2). International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 2012.18(4) pp179-187 (2012) The aims of this Irish national study were to identify and describe the bereavement experiences of grandparents following the death of a grandchild and to explore their needs and supports throughout this experience.

Affiliated Institutions: The Irish Hospice Foundation

Staff Involved: Tom O‘Grady, Ursula Gilrane 
The Ambiguity of Disabled Women’s Experiences of Pregnancy, Childbirth and M: A Phenomenological Understanding.Midwifery, 28 (2). pp. 156-162 (2012) This longitudinal study investigated how women with disabilities faced the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.

Affiliated Institutions: University of Ulster

Staff Involved: Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher
Normalising Birth for Women with a Disability: The Challenges Facing Practitioners. Midwifery, In Press (2012) This study investigated how do practitioners support women with disabilities during childbirth and whether they feel competent in their role when the woman has a disability.

Affiliated Institutions: University of Ulster

Staff Involved: Dr Dympna Walsh-Gallagher
An Exploration of Clinical Teaching and Learning within a Preceptorship Model in an Acute Care Hospital in the Republic of Ireland (2012) Doctorate Thesis completed in 2012

Staff Involved: Dr Edel McSharry
Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility (TRaNSfoRM). (2010-2012) Completed Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility (TRaNSfoM) from 2010 to 2012.  The project had seven partners: United Kingdom, Turkey, Belgium, Portugal, Finland, Germany, Ireland.  Funding from the Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo Da Vinci Partnerships.

Affiliated Institutions: Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo Da Vinci Partnerships. 

Staff Involved: Evelyn Mc Manus (lead for the Irish Partner), Dr. Edel McSharry, Lisa Winters O’Donnell, Denise Healy
Forgotten Grievers: An Exploration of the Grief Experiences of Bereaved Grandparents. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 17(4) pp170-176 (2011)  The aims of this Irish national study were to identify and describe the bereavement experiences of grandparents following the death of a grandchild and to explore their needs and supports throughout this experience.

Affiliated Institutions: The Irish Hospice Foundation

Staff Involved: Tom O‘Grady, Ursula Gilrane 
Promoting Self Awareness in Undergraduate Nursing Students in Relation to their Health Status and Personal Behaviours 2011. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume: 11, Issue: 4, Pages: 228-233 (2011) Within this article, the writers describe the delivery of an intervention designed to facilitate students to develop and deepen their awareness specific to their own health.It also discusses the benefits of such awareness development on the future health promotion role of the nurse. 

Staff Involved: Denise Healy, Dr. Patsy McSharry
A Question of Faith - The Relevance of Faith and Spirituality in Health Care. (2011)  A 2011 study investigating how faith, spiritual and cultural needs were catered for in one section of the North West of Ireland.

Staff Involved: Evelyn McManus
Exploring the Potential of Telephone Health and Wellness Coaching Intervention for Supporting Behaviour Change in Adults with Diabetes. Journal ofDiabetes Nursing 192015 and in Diabetic Medicine, 2013, Volume 30, Page 120 (2015)
(2005-2011)
PhD study from 2005-2011. Telephone Health and Wellness Coaching test in a feasibility study with patients with type 2 diabetes and effect on biomedical and psychosocial variables explored.

Affiliated Institutions: University of Ulster

Staff Involved: Dr Helen McGloin 

Models of Initial Training and Pathways to Registration: A Selective Review of Policy in Professional Regulation. Journal of Nursing Management, 16(6) 730-738. (2009) This paper reports on the findings of a study funded by An Bord Altranais and which took place in 2005. The study examined the models of initial training and pathways to registration for nurses in Ireland. The final report was presented to the Board in 2005.

Affiliated Institutions: An Bord Altranais

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
Heterosexual Experiences of Secondary School Pupils in Ireland: Sexual Coercion in Context. Culture Health & Sexuality, 10 (5):479-493 (2008) This paper reports on data from a wider study of young people's heterosexual experiences in Ireland, funded by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in 2004.

Affiliated Institutions: Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
Safer Heterosex: Perspectives from Young Men in Ireland. Sexual Health, 5 (1):25-30 (2008) This paper reports on data from a wider study of young people's heterosexual experiences in Ireland, funded by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in 2004.

Affiliated Institutions: Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
The Role of the Nurse Lecturer in Clinical Practice in the Republic of Ireland 2010. Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 10, Issue 4, July 2010, Pages 189-195, ISSN 1471-5953 (2007-2008) Research completed2007-2008~

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela’s College 

Staff Involved: Dr Edel McSharry, Dr. Helen McGloin, Lisa Winters O’Donnell
The Lived Experiences of Women with Disabilities Facing the Challenges of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Motherhood: An Interpretative Phenomenological Study (2004-2008) PhD study completed from 2004-2008.

Affiliated Institutions: University of Ulster

Staff Involved: Dr Dympna Walsh Gallagher
An Exploration of the Supports Received by People with Intellectual Disabilities who have been Bereaved. 2007. Journal of Nursing Research. 12(2), 129-144 (2007)  Little is known about the views of the primary and secondary support offered to people with intellectual disabilities by formal carers around the time of a death of a loved one. This paper investigates the perceptions of the types of support provided by front-line staff to this population at the time of, and following, bereavement.

Staff Involved: Ursula Gilrane
Communication Among Nurses and Adults with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities. Predicted and Observed Strategies. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 11(2), pp. 127-141 (2007) This study used a triangulated methodology to explore communication strategies adopted by staff nurses in a residential setting in Ireland for persons with a severe and profound intellectual disability

Affiliated Institutions: St. Angela's College and UCD

Staff Involved: Denise Healy  
Care Planning in Intellectual Disability Nursing. (Ch. 3). Oxford: Blackwell (2007) This chapter looks at person centred care and enabling persons with disabilities to be at the centre of their support and care planning; having an input, making decisions and choices regarding their needs.

Staff Involved: Dr Dympna Walsh Gallagher, Prof. Bob Gates (University of Hertfordshire)
The Lived Experiences of People with Disabilities Attending the Irish Wheelchair Association Resource and Outreach Centres in The North West Region.Irish. (2006)  This study investigated the lived experiences of People with Disabilities attending the Irish Wheelchair Association Resource and Outreach Centres in The North West Region of Ireland. Focus group interviews were the mode of data collection. Participants regarded these centres as essential in their lives and they made many recommendations re the need for change and improvements within these centres.

Affiliated Institutions: Irish Wheelchair Association: Ireland.

Staff Involved: Dr. Dympna Walsh Gallagher 
Life Planning. In Gates (2006) Care Planning and Delivery in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. (2006) Research completed in 2006.

Staff Involved: Carmel Jennings, Declan Courell, and Dr. Dympna Walsh-Gallagher
Masculinities and Young Men's Sex Education Needs in Ireland: Problematizing Client-centred Health Promotion Approaches. Health Promotion International, 20 (4):334-341 (2005) This paper reports on data from a wider study of young people's heterosexual experiences in Ireland, funded by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in 2004.

Affiliated Institutions: Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
The Focus Group Method: Insights from Focus Group Interviews on Sexual Health with Adolescents. Soc Sci Med, 61 (12):2588-2599 (2005) This paper reports on data from a wider study of young people's heterosexual experiences in Ireland, funded by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in 2004.

Affiliated Institutions: Crisis Pregnancy Agency

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
An Examination of the Rationale for and the Impact of Maintaining the Five Points of Entry to the Register. An Board Altranais, Dublin. (2005) This study was funded by An Board Altranais and took place in 2005. The study examined the models of initial training and pathways to registration for nurses in Ireland. The final report was presented to the Board in 2005.

Affiliated Institutions: An Bord Altranais

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
Pre-registration Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Supernumerary Status (2002) A 2002 phenomenological study exploring pre-registration nursing students’ perceptions of supernumerary status

Staff Involved: Evelyn McManus
Certificate-trained Staff Nurses’ Perception of the Changes in Nurse Education in Ireland from Certificate to Diploma Level. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 33(5), 231-237. (2000) This paper presents the findings of a study examining staff nurses’ facilitation of student nurse learning in the clinical environment. The study was conducted in 2000.

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell
Perception of Supernumerary Status Compared to Rostered Service for Diploma in Nursing students. Journal of Advanced Nursing 38(6), 624-632. (2000) This paper presents the findings of a study examining staff nurses’ facilitation of student nurse learning in the clinical environment. The study was conducted in 2000.

Staff Involved: Dympna O'Connell