65th Annual & Scientific Meeting 2017 - Symposium: Nursing

Friday 29th Sept 17.00-18.30 (McCarthy Suite 1)

Theme: Nursing Leaders: Enhancing the Future of Gerontological Care

This symposium will be of interest to IGS delegates from a nursing background.  It will be facilitated by IGS Executive Committee nursing representative, Jonathon O'Keeffe.
National and local updates from leaders in Irish Gerontological nursing including UCD, CGA and Day Hospitals, Services for the Older Person in the South East and the Irish Hip Fracture Database (IHFD). Confirmed speakers include: Dr Amanda Phelan, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems UCD; Sarah Cosgrave, CNM2 Carew House Day Hospital SVUH; Barbara Murphy, Manager for Older Person’s Services Waterford/Wexford HSE; Louise Brent, National IHFD Audit Coordinator National Office of Clinical Audit.  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.  Reserve your place now.


Chair: Jonathon O'Keeffe

Jonathon O’Keeffe is 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.



Louise Brent is the National IHFD Audit Coordinator with the National Office of Clinical Audit, she is also the lead nurse for the Trauma and orthopaedic Clinical Programme and an arthroplasty nurse coordinator in University Hospital Waterford. She reviews for the International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing and is a member of the Irish Orthopaedic Nurses' Society (IONS),  International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON). Recently she was elected onto the board of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN).

Sarah Cosgrave is CNM2 in Carew House, Medicine for the Older Person Day Hospital in St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH), Dublin. She graduated from UCD in 2008 and has spent her time working within care of the older person services on the acute ward and in the day hospital. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Care of the Older Person (UCD) in 2010 and a MSc in Care of the Older Person (UCD) in 2011.  In 2013/2014, Sarah worked as clinical research nurse in ARCH (Applied Research for Connected Health) Technology Centre, UCD. Within this role she was actively involved in the deployment of the ARCH Dementia Support Tool (ADST) into the dementia care pathway. Recently, Sarah and the MDT in Carew House have developed a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment document. Sarah recently completed a Professional Diploma in Prescription of Medication with Health Assessment. Sarah is currently co-investigator on a HRB funded project titled ‘Connected Health Supporting Home Stay in Dementia (CHESS).

Barbara Murphy,  Manager of Older Persons  Services, Waterford/Wexford , Health Services Executive has over  30 years’ experience in the Irish Health Service and is currently Co-Chair of the Waterford Integrated Care Project for Older People. Barbara has a wealth of experience both from a clinical and management perspective having worked as a CNM2 and Director of Nursing and now Manager of Services for Older People since 2013.  Barbara through her advocacy for both service users/patients and healthcare professionals has contributed to the enhanced quality of care being provided to older persons both in the community and in residential services.


Dr Amanda Phelan RGN, RM, RPHN, RNT, BNS, MSc, PhD. Amanda is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. She also holds the position of Associate Dean for Global Engagement, Co-Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People and Subject Head: Older People’s Nursing. Amanda’s research and publications focuses on elder abuse, abuse of vulnerable adults, person centred co-ordinated care, missed care in nursing, ageism and resilience in caregivers of people with dementia. Amanda serves on the AIGNA Committee, the Policy and Procedures and National Advisory Committees of Sage Advocacy & Support for Older People, the Board of Directors of Third Age and the Fitness to Practice Committee of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland. Amanda was also appointed to the Expert Advisory Group for the Citizens’ Assembly on Ageing and is a visiting Professor in Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NUTU) and an international research project advisor in NUTU and the University of Toronto (Canada).