64th Annual And Scientific Meeting 2016 - Nursing Symposium

Friday 30th Sept 17.00-18.30

This symposium will be of interest to IGS delegates from a nursing background.  It will be facilited by IGS Executive Committee nursing representative, Jonathan O'Keeffe.

National and local updates from leaders in Irish gerontological nursing including NCPOP, Stroke Care, AIGNA, Kerry University Hospital/IT Tralee and UHL/UL. Speakers confirmed include Deirdre Lang DON NCPOP & Imelda Noone ANP Stroke Care.  To attend this symposium you must be a registered delegate of this Scientific Meeting.  Please reserve your place to attend this symposium when you are registering to attend the IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting  >> Book Now



Jonathon O’Keeffe is currently both a Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurse Prescriber in Gerontology currently practising in St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin. He completed his initial training including an MSc in Gerontological Nursing in St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. Following this he worked in the Private Nursing Home Sector in Nursing Management before undertaking a brief spell in Acute Medicine in SVUH. He was then appointed to his current post in 2010. Jonathon also teaches in the Private Nursing Home Sector in the areas of Medication Management and Dementia Care. He is the local clinical lead for all Nursing Home patients admitted to SVUH and is a strong advocate in the areas of Person Centred Care / Advanced Care Planning / Medication Rationalisation. He has been involved in numerous audit and research projects at both local and national level. He has recently undertaken studies in Advanced Nursing Practice as part of his path towards becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Jonathon is currently developing links with both UCD and the National Clinical Programme for Older People in raising the profile of Gerontological Nursing as a career. In this regard, he looks forward to supporting and meeting with other Gerontological Nurses having joined the IGS executive committee.

Director of Nursing for the National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP) and Leadership Development nursing profession Older Persons
Ms Deirdre Lang RGN, BNS (Hons) Dip Mgt, HDip Gerontological Nursing, HETAC level 6 Special award in coaching.
Deirdre initially trained in St Vincent’s hospital as a Registered General Nurse. During the early part of her career she spent a number of years working in acute services both in Australia and in Ireland. She has had a variety of experiences in healthcare having worked in mental health nursing and also in practice development in the roles of Clinical Placement Co-ordinator and Facilitator for Newly appointed Staff Nurses in AMNCH. In her role as Project Officer with the Nursing Midwifery Planning Development Unit (NMPDU) she managed a Government to Government recruitment initiative across a number of Irish service providers and Spain, which she feels has provided her with a strategic overview of the health services. Her experience in Older Persons Services includes the role of CNM 2, Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing both in the HSE and private sector. Her passion for Older Person services and nurses working in this specialist area saw her set up a subgroup within the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing & Midwifery (IADNAM). The aim of this group is to provide a forum and network for Directors of Nursing in this sector to support each other in managing unprecedented challenges and change. As a qualified coach she has provided support through her coaching to colleagues both formally and informally. Her role as Director of Nursing of the NCPOP and its joint role of leadership development of older persons nursing bring together all aspects of her experience to date, together with her passion for the older patient and those who provide their care. Her approach to life is Henry Ford's “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t ………you are right.” She is presently undertaking her Masters in Leadership (RCSI).

Dympna Tuohy 
Dympna is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the University of Limerick, teaching on both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes. She has been the lead lecturer on the MSc Rehabilitation Nursing of the Older Person programme and faculty support for students and staff in older person placement sites for the pre-registration general programme. With colleagues from UL and practice she was involved in the development of an educational dvd on the use of hand massage to alleviate anxiety for people with dementia. Her most recent research is focused on older women’s experiences of ageing and health related issues. 

Mary J. Foley: RGN, RNP, RANP, MSc Nursing, Hdip Gerontological Nursing. 

Mary J. is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation of the Older Adult in St Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork. Her clinical role involves complex case management in Rehabilitation, Ambulatory and Continuing Care. She is based in the Assessment & Treatment Centre   (2013 recipient of Irish Medical Times, Outpatient of the Year Award), where she has a pivotal role in specialist clinics including Parkinson’s, Stroke Follow-Up, Continence Advisory and Memory Intervention & Support. She had a leadership role in setting up the Cork Stroke Support Group and the Cork Alzheimer Café, both recipients of National Awards. 
Her professional development includes certificates in nurse prescribing, dementia, parkinsons, palliative care, continence and advanced health and social care. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Nursing in UCC where her research focus is on enablement of older adults. Mary J. was influential in the establishment of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and continues to be an active member of the committee. She has represented Nursing on National Groups including the Irish Gerontological Society.

Imelda Noone is Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Stroke Care in St.Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin, for the past 10 years and previously worked for 3 years as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke Care.
Her previous posts in nursing include clinical nurse manager, assistant director of nursing, and director of nursing -  prior to going back to clinical practice. Imelda holds an MSc in Health Service Management and Advanced Practice and is a Registered Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Prescriber.  She was Lead Nurse on the National Clinical Programme for Stroke and is currently on the Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Council.

Breda Delves, Projects Facilitator, Kerry Community Hospitals 
Breda initially trained in the University of Brighton, Brighton, England as a Registered General Nurse. She spent a number of years working in acute medicine in England. She returned to Ireland in 1998 and worked firstly as a staff nurse and later as a CNM2 in Killarney Community Hospitals.  She has since had a variety of experiences in healthcare and in practice development in the roles of Clinical Development Co-ordinator, Kerry Community Hospitals, Assistant Director of Nursing, Killarney Community Hospitals and presently as Projects Facilitator, Kerry Community Hospitals.  Her professional development includes certificates in Dementia Care, Higher Diploma in Gerontological Nursing, and Post graduate Diploma in Nursing Leadership.