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Dr. Sara Kennedy Phd, MSc, BSc (Hons),RGN, RCN,

Title:

Head of Department

School/ Department:

Health Sciences - Nursing & Healthcare

Telephone:

+353 0 51845543

Room Name/ Num:

219 O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

0000-0001-6132-0735

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My Biography

I am Head of Department of Nursing and Healthcare in the School of Health Sciences. I have worked as a Children's nurse for many years and have  worked in Nursing education since 2005 in WIT.   I am very interested in all areas of nursing and healthcare specifically in encouraging and empowering learners to reach their full potential. I supervise a range of students at MSc and PhD level. I have a BSc (Hons) in Sciene from Trinity College, ,my MSc is in Practice Development from University of Manchester and  a PhD in Nursing from University of Salford. I continue to develop professionally in areas such as leadership and management and am currently a a member of Case Western Ohio USA Fellowship Programme. 

Research

My interest areas in research include

-Empowerment

-Management and Culture in organisations

-Leadership and Management

-Nursing Student clinical assessment

I have supervised students at MSc and PhD level across a wide variety of areas including Public Health, Childrens Nursing and Acute Care.

Teaching

I enjoy teaching and have taught students in Nursing, Health Sciences as well as a range of health related subjects to other students in Criminal Justice and Health and Exercise Programmes.

I have been Programme Leader for Mangament Programmes at level 8 and level 9.  

I have been Module Leader for a number of modules over many years 

I have developed and been part of curriculum review groups for many programmes

I have assisted in new programme development and review committees

Professional

I have developed and taught on many different programmes at levels 6 to 9 in WIT

I have been involved in Quality Assurance and Programme development committees.

I am a member of Sigma Thea Thou, NMBI other national advisory boards for Nursing Education

Internationally, I have developed many relationships with colleagues specifically in the Golisano Foundation, University of Rochester, Middle Georgia State University and Madison Technical College

I have developed and run many international Summer Schools in Health Care .

I maintain professional intersts through membership of many committees and groups at local and national level. 

Publicatons

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

Cabera, E., Chabera, C., Dobrowolska, B., Jackson, C., Kane, R., Kasiomoyskaya, N., Kennedy, S. Lovric, R., Palese, Al, Treslova, M. (2021) Simulation in nursing education programs: Findings from an international exploratory study. Clinical Simulation in Nursing NURSINGSIMULATION-D-20-00311R3

Dowling, T., Kennedy, S., Foran, S. (2020) Implementing Advance Care Directives- an International Review. Journal of Nursing Managment, 28(6), pp. 1177-1190.

Kennedy, S., Chesser-Smyth, P. (2017) Assessment of undergraduate nursing students from an Irish perspective: Decissions and Dilemmas? Nurse Education in Practice, 27, pp. 95-100.

Kennedy, S., Hardiker, N., Staniland, K. (2015). Empowerment an essential ingredient in the clinical environment: a review of the literature. Nurse Education Today,35 (3), pp. 487-492. 

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Kennedy, S. (2010) Phenomenological Study to Explore the Experience of Preceptors When Assessing Weak/Borderline Students in Clinical Placements. 2010 Transforming Healthcare through Research Education and Technology 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference. October 18th:Trinity College Dublin. 

Kennedy, S. (2011) Empowerment: an illusion or a reality for Irish Nurses on clinical placement?  May 19-21:SPARC Conference: University of Salford. 

Kennedy, S. (2015) Empowerment an exploratory study of nursing students in final year in Ireland. 23-25 November World Scientific International Conference: Dubai