Dean of Nursing and Head of School

Welcome to the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and thank you for taking the time to learn more about our School. The mission of the School is to prepare nurses, midwives and other professionals to promote and protect health, wellbeing and dignity across the lifespan through skilled, ethical and careful practice based on best evidence and prudent judgement, and to develop and disseminate disciplinary knowledge through research and scholarship.

The School has a long and proud tradition of providing high quality clinical and academic programmes for nurses and midwives. It is now a dynamic, interdisciplinary School unique internationally in having a cutting-edge health systems programme of research and education and nationally in the scale of its global engagement, its extensive network of health service partnerships and the number of faculty holding joint appointments. The School’s programmes are delivered in a friendly and collegial environment by expert faculty committed to excellence in education underpinned by research and scholarship. 

Our programmes emphasise clinical expertise, critical inquiry, leadership development, personal growth, communication, teamwork, interprofessional collaboration and lifelong learning. They prepare our students to be expert and compassionate clinicians, inspiring and supportive educators, cutting-edge researchers and dynamic, networked leaders.

The focus of the School’s research is on the development of the nursing and midwifery resource, social gerontology, mental health, women’s and children’s health, cancer care, palliative care and health systems. The School has also developed a major programme of research into elder mistreatment  and a smaller research programme into aspects of nursing and health care history.

Our graduates are in very high demand nationally and internationally and have gone on to become leading nursing and midwifery researchers, educators, clinicians and administrators. The opportunities for our students have never been greater with the role of nurses and midwives expanding rapidly in a transforming health system. Studying at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems will transform your life so that you can transform the lives of health service users and the future of the health system.

Prof Gerard Fealy
Dean of Nursing and Head of School