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School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Children's Nursing
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Academic biography

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at Dublin City University, Ireland teaching on the BSc in Children's and General Nursing (BNCG) and Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing. Siobhan completed an MSc in Education in 2002 capturing the challenges facing newly qualified children's nurses communicating with parents of hospitalised children and her doctoral study in 2015 exploring emerging adults experience of living with childhood onset chronic illness. Findings have been presented internationally at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adult Conference, Chicago in 2013 and Miami 2015 and 3rd PNAE congress on Paediatric Nursing, Portugal in 2017.

She previously worked as a critical care nurse in the area of childhood illness for over 15 years in Ireland and the UK and  completed several post registration and Higher Diploma programmes in critical care nursing. Siobhan was Chair of the BSc in Children's and General Nursing 2018-2020 Placement Officer for the BSc nursing programme from 2015-to 2018. Her primary research interest is chronic illness in young adults, growing up with childhood onset illness, emerging adulthood and communicating with children and families and healthcare professionals. She is also exploring simulation as a pedagogical learning method for paediatric nurse education in  BSc Nursing programmes.

Research interests

Emerging adults living with chronic illness. Preliminary findings were presented from doctoral work at conferences nationally (Mater Dei. April 2013) and Internationally (Society for the study of Emerging Adult Conference SSEA, Chicago 2013). Her doctoral thesis was completed in 2015 entitled  Merging the person and the illness: the lived experience of emerging adults with childhood onset chronic illness in Dublin City University. Findings were presented 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. Paper published and findings presented at the 5th International Conference Edulearn in Barcelona July 2013 Using Blogs as a tool for reflective learning in Nurse Education