67th IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2019 - Symposium: Nurses

IGS Executive Committee nursing representative, Sarah Cosgrave, will facilitate the nursing symposium. The theme of this years nursing symposium is:

Nursing Innovations, Advancing Older Persons' Care

Confirmed speakers include: Joan Mc Donald, CNM2 and Mary Hickey, CNM2, Kilkenny Memory Clinic; Gerry Allen, ANP Cardiology, Cork University Hospital and Aileen Horgan, CNM2, Cork University Hospital. The speakers will present on topics including dementia services in Kilkenny, the national initiative “ Get Up, Get Dressed, Get Moving” and cardiology in the older person.

To attend this symposium, you must be a registered delegate of this scientific meeting.  We are very grateful to Bayer Healthcare for their support.



Kilkenny Memory Service. Mary Hickey and Joan McDonald

Get Up, Get Dressed, Get Moving. Aileen Horgan


Gerry Allen. Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Cardiac Electrophysiology

After graduating in 1993 from Manchester University, Gerry specialised in critical care and have worked in Manchester, London, Dublin and the Middle East before settling in Cork. He registered as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in 2008, specialising in cardiac electrophysiology (EP). 
As an ANP in EP, his responsibilities include running an atrial fibrillation (AF) service that incorporates an AF clinic and performing direct current and chemical cardioversions. In addition, He is also tasked with provocation testing for Brugada and long QT syndrome as well as accessory electrical pathways. Gerry also assists with radiofrequency ablation of pulmonary veins and ventricular tachycardia through intracardiac echocardiography and have recently started implanting loop recorders.

Mary Hickey RGN, RM, BSc Nursing, MSc Dementia.

Mary is part of the MDT in Kilkenny Memory Clinic since 2014. With more than 2o years’ experience nursing in care of the elderly, she has a particular focus on quality of life and psychosocial activities for people living with dementia and published research on this topic in AIGNA 2017. Mary is a co-founder of Kilkenny Memory Support Groups in 2014 and seeks to continue to improve services for people living with dementia and their families.  Mary is a facilitator on the 2 day National Dementia Training Program and the National Home Care Workers Program.

Aileen Horgan CNM2, BSc, MSc

Aileen is CNM2 on the neurology and acute medical ward in Cork University Hospital.  She has a Diploma in Nursing Studies, BSc in Nursing UCC, Diploma in Health in Healthcare Services and MSc in Healthcare Leadership CUBS, UCC.  She has fifteen year experience in the medical discipline in CUH.  Aileen is also a lecturer on in Diploma in Health Services Management, Cork.
In 2017 she lead out on the implementation of the quality initiative “End PJ Paralysis” in CUH and has supported numerous hospitals nationally on the impact of same and how to appropriately implemented the initiative if different healthcare settings.  
Aileen sits on the National steering group for the “Get up, Get dressed, Get moving” campaign.  
Aileen is motivated by quality initiatives and strives to promote patient and staff wellbeing.

Joan Mc Donald RGN, RSCN, PG Dip. Gerontology.

Joan is a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Kilkenny Memory Clinic since its establishment in 2013. She has a background working in public health and care of the elderly.  She has completed all modules of the Dementia Elevator Program in DCU.  Joan initiated practice development in the area of psychosocial care with a strong emphasis on staff education. Joan is a facilitator for Dementia Training with the R.C.N.M.E. She is co-founder and facilitator of Kilkenny Memory Support and supporters groups. As part of Kilkenny Memory Clinic team Joan has contributed to the post diagnostic care pathways and supports offered.