Primary Department
School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Children's Nursing
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
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Academic biography

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Human Science, Dublin City University, Ireland. I previously worked as a critical care nurse in the area of childhood illness for over 15 years in Ireland, the UK and the US. I completed several post registration and Higher Diploma programmes in critical care nursing over 15 years and worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager from 1996-1999. I completed my MSc in Education  in 2002. My primary research interest is chronic illness in young adults, emerging adulthood, communicating with children and families and healthcare professionals and I completed my thesis (MSc) on Challenges facing newly qualified children's nurses communicating with parents of hospitalised children. I am a member of a research group exploring hospital acquired infection from a wider organisational stance. We completed a study in 2008 which was published in the Journal Of Infectious Disease in January 2010. I completed my doctoral study in DCU in 2015 exploring emerging adults experience of living with childhood onset chronic illness. I have presented findings at conferences nationally (Mater Dei. April 2013; Temple St Childrens University Hospital, Dublin) and Internationally (Society for the Study of Emerging Adult Conference, Chicago US 2013 and Miami 2015).

Research interests

Emerging adults living with chronic illness. I presented preliminary findings from my doctoral work at conferences nationally (Mater Dei. April 2013) and Internationally (Society for the study of Emerging Adult Conference SSEA, Chicago 2013). I completed my doctoral thesis in 2015 entitled MacDermott , Siobhan J. (2015) Merging the person and the illness: the lived experience of emerging adults with childhood onset chronic illness in Dublin City University. I ptresented my findings at SSEA conference  Miami 2015 and PNAE Porto, Portugal 2016.

Other research interests include: children's participation in decision-making in healthcare, parents views of children's participation in healthcare decisions, communicating with parents of sick children Further interests include: Problem based learning, Integrating ICT into education. I presented a paper at the 5th International Conferenence Edulearn in Barcelona July 2013 Using Blogs as a tool for reflective learning in Nurse Education