Ciara White


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Ciara is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at Dublin City University since September 2020. She graduated as a Registered General Nurse from Dublin City University in 2000 and as a Registered Nurse Tutor in 2009. Ciara completed a PhD Scholarship at University College Dublin in 2020. Her thesis was entitled "A mixed-methods study examining the impact of the nurse practice environment on quality of nursing care and patient outcomes in Irish acute hospitals". In 2007, she completed an MSc (Renal Nursing) in Dublin City University. The thesis was entitled "Effect of Patient Coping Preferences on Quality of Life Following Renal Transplantation".

Ciara’s research interests are focused upon health systems research, nursing workforce, professional work environments, care rationing and nursing terminologies, namely ICNP. Her methodological areas of expertise are in quantitative, ‘modified Delphi’ and mixed methods. Ciara has held various nursing and project officer roles within the Health Service Executive, most recently developing and implementing Nursing and Midwifery Quality Care-Metrics, a national system of process measurement and quality improvement. She is currently involved in numerous digital health research projects and is a keen advocate for promoting nursing scholarship.

Her clinical nursing background is in nephrology nursing and Ciara has worked in various nursing roles across chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis, home therapies and renal transplant in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin from 2000-2014.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 L. O’Connor, E. McAuliffe, M. Casey, L. Rogers, A. Gallen, M. E. Glasgow, C. White, C. Buckley, M. Giltenan, A. Lane, M. Barnard (2021) 'Progressing Quality Care Process Metrics for Public Health Nursing: An Approach Towards Modified Delphi' In: Issues and Development in Health Research Vol. 1. London : Book Publisher International.
2013 McCann, M., White, C., Fleura, F. (2013) 'Nursing Care of Conditions Related to the Urinary System' In: Medical Surgical Nursing. UK : Wiley- Blackwell.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2020 O’Connor L, McAuliffe E, Casey M, Rogers L, Gallen A, Glasgow ME, Nadin M, White C, Buckley C, Giltenane M, Kavanagh C, Lane A and Barnard M (2020) 'Progressing Quality Care Process Metrics for Public Health Nursing: Viewed Through the Lens of a Modified Delphi Approach'. Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research, 4 (4):1-12. [DOI]
2019 Brenner, M., Browne C., Gallen, A., Byrne, S., White, C., Nolan M. (2019) 'Development of a suite of metrics and indicators for children’s nursing using consensus methodology'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28 :2589-2598.
2014 White, C. & McDonnell, H. (2014) 'Psychosocial distress in patients with end-stage kidney disease'. Journal of Renal Care, 40 (1):74-81.
2010 White C.;Gallagher P. (2010) 'Effect of patient coping preferences on quality of life following renal transplantation'. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 (11):2550-2559. [DOI]
2010 White, C. (2010) 'A socio-cultural approach to learning in the practice setting'. Nurse Education Today, 30 (8):794-797.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2014 White, C. & Giltenane, M. (2014) 'Measuring Up' 22 (6) :45-46. [Link]
2003 White, C. (2003) 'Postnatal Depression' 5 (8) .

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Sweeney, M.R., Nevin, M., White, C., Boilson, A., Boylan, P., Staines, A., Casey. B. (2021) Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in residential care settings for older people in Ireland Trinity College Dublin .
2019 White, C. (2019) 9th Europaediatrics Conference Measuring for improvement in children’s nursing: embedding quality care metrics in children's services in Ireland Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland 13/06/2019- 15/06/2019.
2016 White, C. (2016) 35th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference The nursing practice environment in Irish acute hospitals Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland 03/03/2016- 04/03/2016.
2016 White, C. (2016) Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference ‘Unprecedented strain’ - The nursing practice environment in Irish acute hospitals , Edinburgh International Conference Centre 06/04/2016- 08/04/2016.
2016 White, C. (2016) 17th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference 'Point Break' ... The Nursing Practice Environment in Acute Hospitals Trinity College, Dublin 08/11/2016- 10/11/2016.
2008 White, C. (2008) European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association Conference Patient Coping Styles and Quality of Life After Renal Transplantation Prague 06/09/2008- 09/09/2008.
2008 White, C. (2008) Irish Nephrology Nurses Association Conference Effect of Patient Coping Preferences on Quality of Life Following Renal Transplantation St. Vincents University Hospital, Dublin 01/03/2008- .
2008 White, C. (2008) Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Research Congress Effect of Patient Coping Preferences on Quality of Life Following Renal Transplantation Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore 05/07/2008- 11/07/2008.
2008 White, C. & Collins, P. (2008) Irish Nephrology Nurses Association Cannulation and Area Puncture Technique Clarion Dublin Airport Hotel 12/06/2008- .
2005 White, C. & Dunne, H. (2005) Beaumont Transplant Foundation Patient Conference: Looking After My New Kidney Transplant Drugs: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Citywest Hotel, Dublin 22/10/2005- .
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Irish Nephrology Nursing Association Education Officer 01/03/2008 - 01/03/2014
All Ireland Society of Higher Education Member -
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Member -
Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery Member -
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Registrant -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/03/2008 Amgen Educational Research Bursary Irish Nephrology Nurses Association.
01/01/2000 Ms. Josephine Bartley Prize Beaumont Hospital
01/11/2007 Charitable Infirmary Trust Bursary Beaumont Hospital
01/03/2013 Irish Nephrology Nurses Educational Bursary Irish Nephrology Nurses Association.
01/01/1998 Ms. Josephine Bartley Prize Beaumont Hospital


Employer Position From / To
Dublin City University Assistant Professor 01/09/2020 -
Beaumont Hospital Staff Nurse, Renal Unit 01/09/2000 - 30/06/2004
Beaumont Hospital Education Co-ordinator in Nephrology Nursing Practice 01/07/2006 - 31/12/2013
Health Service Executive (NMPDU) Project Officer & PhD Scholar 01/01/2014 - 31/08/2020
Beaumont Hospital Renal Ambulatory Care, CNM 1 01/08/2004 - 30/06/2006


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Dublin City University Diploma in Nursing
Dublin City University Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing
Dublin City University Masters of Science
University College Dublin PhD
University College Dublin Graduate Certificate in Nurse Education

Research Interests

Ciara's doctoral research sought to identify the nurse practice environment factors, within acute care hospital services in Ireland, which are considered essential to ensure the delivery of quality nursing care as measured by nursing quality care indicators, and associated nursing sensitive patient outcomes utilizing mixed methods sequential exploratory design. Integration of findings from both research phases identified five overarching issues highlighting the role of i) nursing management & nursing leadership; ii) nursing workforce and workload; iii) nursing’s role conflict and role ambiguity in the practice environment; iv) moral distress and v) fostering nurse engagement: feeling valued as significant issues emerging from the study.

Other research interests include health systems research, nursing workforce, professional work environments, care rationing, quality measurement, quality improvement, nursing informatics and ICNP.

Teaching Interests

Nephrology Nursing
Research Methods
Evidence-Based Practice
Mixed Methods Research
Reading Health Research
Health Informatics in Nursing
International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP)
The Profession of Nursing

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2022 Personal & Professional Development 1 NS110