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Ms. Brigid Arkins

Title:

Lecturer

School/ Department:

Health Sciences - Nursing & Healthcare

Telephone:

+353 0 51 302803

Room Name/ Num:

102 O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building

Campus:

Main Campus

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My Biography

Brigid is currently a lecturer in nursing at Waterford Institute of Technology. She has over 15 years lecturing experience in the area of nursing and healthcare. She has published and presented peer reviewed papers nationally and internationally on issues relating to intimate partner violence, violence and aggression, substance misuse, self harm and mental health. Prior to commencing her post at Waterford Institute of Technology, Brigid was a lecturer in nursing at University College Cork.

Brigid worked as a service manager for female inpatient mental health services in East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust prior to starting her academic career. This involved developing acute, rehabiltation, forensic and peri-natal mental health services for women in East London. This service for women was cited at the time as an example of best practice by the Department of Health in the UK.

Brigid also co-ordinated and introduced a benchmark tool to promote evidence based practice in healthcare settings at East London and the City Mental Health Trust. As a result of this the Trust was awarded extra funding for evidenced based practice.

Brigid’s research interests are in intimate partner violence, violence and agression in mental health, risk assessment and management in mental health and substance misuse.

Research

Brigid's research interests are in:

  • Intimate partner violence and health impacts
  • Clinical risk assessment and management in mental health.
  • Violence and agression in mental health
  • Substance misuse and mental health

Studies Funded

  • Risk taking, substance misuse and interpersonal conflict in young people presenting to the emergency department with trauma and deliberate self harm.
  • Therapeutic value of mixed sex and single sex wards in mental health.

Research Collaborations

  • Maternal health and Maternal Morbidity study in Ireland (MAMMI)  – Professor C.  Begley, Professor A. Higgins, Professor M. Clarke, M. Carroll, D. Daly, D. O Mahoney, Jamile Marchi, Louise Rafferty, Sunita Panda and Francesca Wuytack .2012- to 2017
  • Mental health research group – HSE and Waterford Institute of Technology 2013 – present
  • Health Service Executive  South -  Risk assessment and management in mental health services – 2011 to 2013
  • University College Cork and Health Service Executive  South  - Risk Factors For Young People Presenting To Emergency Department  With Deliberate Self-Harm -2006-2008
  • City University London and East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust – Implementation of Evidenced Based Practice tool in a mental health

Teaching

Third Level Programme Development

Brigid has experience in developing undergraduate and postgraduate third level programmes in nursing and healthcare. To ensure quality of the postgraduate and undergraduate healthcare programmes she has contributed to  programmatic reviews  in Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork. Brigid has also been an external validator for nursing programmes in Ireland.

Teaching

Brigid has extensive experience in teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in nursing and healthcare at Waterford Institute of Technology since she commenced working as a lecturer in May 2012.

Postgraduate programmes

  • MSc in Nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions for Practice

Undergraduate modules

Year 4

  • Nurse as an Educator
  • Professional and Client Safety 4
  • Consolidation of Nursing Skills for Professional Practice
  • Nursing Experience 7
  • Health Promotion for People with Intellectual Disability
  • Consolidation of KSVSE through Internship

Year 3

  • Nursing Skills and the older Adult with Intellectual Disability
  • Professional and Client safety 3
  • Medication Management 3
  • Psychiatric Medication Mangement
  • Professional and Client Safety 3
  • Care of the Older Adult Psychiatry
  • Behavioural Approaches in Intellectual Disability
  • Supporting the Adult and Older Adult with Intellectual Disability
  • Substance Misuse, Addictions and Nursing Interventions
  • Evidence Based Practice 3
  • Professional and Client Safety 3 in General Nursing
  • Applied Healthcare Skills  

Year 2

  • Supporting the Adolescent
  • Supporting People with Mental Health Problems
  • Specialist Nursing Skills in Intellectual Disability
  • Nursing Skills in Intellectual Disability
  • Medication Management in Intellectual Disability
  • Evidenced Based Practice 2
  • Ethical Legal and Political Issues in General Nursing
  • Ethical Legal and Political Issues in Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing Medication Management
  • Introduction to Mental Health Care
  • Nursing the Person with a Physical Illness

Year 1

  • Caring for People with an Intellectual Disability
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Professional and Patient Safety1
  • Professional and Personal Safety 1
  • Professional and Service User Safety 1
  • Intellectual Disability Nursing Skills and Experience 1
  • Learning to Learn
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Applied Healthcare Skills
  • Health and Psychosocial Studies 1

Module Leadership

As a lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology Brigid has been Module leader for the following nursing modules.

Postgraduate programmes

  • Professional Caring in Context

Year 4

  • Consolidation of Nursing Skills for Professional Practice
  • Nursing Experience 7
  • Health Promotion for People with Intellectual Disability

Year 3

  • Nursing Skills and the older Adult with Intellectual Disability
  • Professional and Client safety 3

Year 2

  • Introduction to Mental Health Care

  • Supporting the Adolescent

  • Supporting People with Mental Health Problems

  • Specialist Nursing Skills in Intellectual Disability

  • Nursing Skills in Intellectual Disabilities

Year 1

  • Health and Psychosocial Studies 1

Professional

Brigid has worked in the following areas;

  • Lecturer in Nursing Studies, University College Cork.
  • External Consultant for City University, London, United Kingdom - Co-ordinated and introduced a benchmark tool to promote evidence based practice in health care settings for all health care professions at East London and the City Mental Health Trust.
  • Service Manager for Female Mental Health Inpatient Services, (Acute, Intensive Care, Forensic, Rehabilitation, Mother and Baby, Learning Disability) East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust, London.
  • Community Team Manager (Community Mental Health Acute Crisis Care), East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust.
  • Ward Manager (Acute Mental Health and Mother and Baby Unit) East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust.
  • Charge Nurse (Acute Mental Health and Mother and Baby Unit) East London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust.
  • Staff Nurse in Acute Mental Health, Intensive Care, Community Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Substance Misuse , Eating Disorders and Family Intervention.

Publications

Journal Publications

Arkins, B. Begley, C. & Higgins A. (2016) Measures for screening for intimate partner violence: A systematic review, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol 23 pg. 217-235.

Arkins, B. , Tyrrell, M. Herlihy, E. Crowley B. and Lynch R. (2013) Assessing the Reasons for Deliberate Self-Harm in Young People Journal of Mental Health Nursing Practice  vol 16 (7) pg. 28-32  

Arkins, B. (2011) Practitioner Based Research: Power, Discourse and Transformation. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 18(6)

Arkins, B. (2011) First Steps in Practitioner Research: A Guide to Understanding and Doing Research in Counselling and Health and Social Care. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 18(5)

Arkins B (2006) Behind closed doors, World of Irish Nursing vol 14 no.9

Arkins B.  (2006) Domestic Violence – A Major Health Care Issue for Psychiatric Nurses. Psychiatric Nursing Association Journal  vol 4 issue 1

Arkins B.  (2006) Safety on single sex acute admission wards Mental Health Practice  vol 10 no.  1

Arkins B. (2006) Women prefer single-sex wards, but so do bullies Nursing Standard Issue 46, p8

National and International Presentations

Arkins B. (2018)  Workshop on Clinical Risk Assessment and Management in Community Mental Health. Health Service Executive CHO area 5 (invited speaker).

Arkins B. (2015)  Risk Assessment and Management in suicide and self-harm . Health Service Executive (South)- Kilkenny, Mental Health Service  (invited speaker).

Arkins B. (2014) Workshop on Risk Assessment and Management in Mental Health. Health Service Executive (South)- Kilkenny Mental Health Service.

Arkins B. (2014) Depression and Anxiety, How To Identify And Manage Symptoms. Irish Country Women’s Association ( South East)  

Coveney A. and Arkins B. (2013) An Exploration Of The Role Of The Community Mental Health Nurse In The Management Of Behavioural And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia In Mental Health Services For Older Persons 14th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference  & Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin

Coveney A. and Arkins B. (2013) An Exploration Of The Role Of The Community Mental Health Nurse In The Management Of Behavioural And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia In Mental Health Services For Older Persons HORATIO: European Psychiatric Nursing Congress 2013. Istanbul

Arkins B.  and Tyrrell M. (2011) Underlining Risk Factors in Young People Presenting to the Emergency Department with Trauma or Deliberate Self Harm The 12th annual  interdisciplinary  research conference  School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Creedon, R, O Connell E, Arkins B. (2011) Nurse Prescribing: clinical issues in practice. The Inaugural National Conference of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing, School of Medicine and Health,

Arkins B. (2011) Perinatal Mental Health Care 4th CRSI Annual Joint Conference with University College Cork  - Female Perspectives in Mental Health Care, University College Cork (invited speaker).

Arkins B.  and Tyrrell M. (2011) Risk taking behaviour, substance use and interpersonal conflict in young people presenting to the ED, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery 30th Annual International Research Conference. Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Arkins, B. & Tyrrell M. (2010) Underlining psychosocial factors in young people presenting to the emergency department with trauma or deliberate self-harm. Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery 10th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference.  University College Cork.

Arkins, B. (2006) Patients and professional views on the therapeutic value of mixed sex and female acute admission wards. Shaping Mental Health Nursing for the 21st Century. Royal College of Nursing, Cambridge,

Arkins, B. (2005) The Therapeutic Value of Mixed Sex and Female Acute Admission Wards in Mental Health. School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Trinity College , 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education & Technology, Dublin

Arkins, B. & Bowers L. (2005) A review of the therapeutic value of mixed sex and female acute admission wards in psychiatry. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery 24th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference – RCSI 24th.

Arkins, B. & Bowers L.  (2005), A review of the therapeutic value of mixed sex and female acute admission wards in psychiatry. Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference, Belfast, March, 2005.

Arkins B. & Bowers L. (2005) The therapeutic value of mixed sex and female acute admission wards in psychiatry. 5th Annual research Conference Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC.

Conferences Organised 

5th Nursing and Health Care Conference. A changing workforce for 21st century health care – winning or losing? - Waterford Institute of Technology December 2015.

4th Nursing and Health Care Conference. The Crisis in Health Care – Learning Lessons and Building Resilience – Waterford Institute of Technology December 2014

3rd Annual Nursing and Health Care Conference. Response and Adaptation - Delivering Health Care in Times of Challenge Waterford Institute of Technology December 2012

The Inaugural National Conference of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing, School of Medicine and Health. University College Cork June 2011

Editorial/Reviewing Panels

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

BMC Pregnancy and Birth