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Nurse Education

CONTACT NO: 021-4801738    

Catherine M Flanagan

The Centre for Nurse Education in Bon Secours Hospital was established in June 2002 and evolved from the pre existing School of Nursing, which was an integral part of the Hospital since 1923. This centre is approved by An Bord Altranais and all in-service education programmes have ABA Category (1) approval (August 2008).   In addition, the centre is F.E.T.A.C (Further Education and Training Awards Council) quality assured.  Furthermore, the centre is affiliated to the School of Healthcare Studies at the University of Leeds and is nominated by Leading Health Care Providers Skillnet (LHP) as an Education Provider for staff in Bon Secours and other healthcare organisations.

 The centre provides a wide range of high quality in-service education and training programmes for registered nurses and other members of the interdisciplinary team, in accordance with the mission and values of Bon Secours Hospital and Health System.  All education and training programmes combine theoretical and practical components and course / programme participants are provided with an opportunity to reflect and apply research based knowledge to their clinical practice. The schedule of in-service education and on-going professional development programmes reflects the educational needs of staff. This schedule is distributed on an on-going basis to staff in the Bon Secours Hospital and to associated external healthcare organisations. 

The Mission of the Centre for Nurse Education
The mission of the centre for nurse education is to advance practice through the dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes increasing staffs’ accountability for the provision of evidence based care.

The Philosophy of the Centre for Nurse Education
Educationalists are committed to providing high quality education and training programmes for staff and recognise that continuing professional education is essential for the development of high standards of patient care. Educationalists recognise the professional obligation of registered practitioners to maintain their fitness to practice promoting the best interest of patients and staff. Teaching and learning strategies, utilised by staff, facilitate interaction as a basis for creating a conducive learning environment.

The education and training programmes available are delivered by nurse educationalists and specialist facilitators working within the Bon Secours Hospital, as well as, external educational consultants.

Current Education and Training programmes include:  

  • Academic Writing Skills;
  • Administration of Intravenous Drug Therapies;
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support;
  • Breast Care Update;
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation;
  • Care of Endoscopic Equipment Course (F.E.T.A.C. Level 5);
  • Chronic Wound Care and Management;
  • Computer Literacy (F.E.T.A.C. Level 3);
  • CV Formulation/Professional Portfolios;
  • Foundation Management;
  • Health Care Support Certificate (F.E.T.A.C. Level 5);
  • Interview Preparation Skills
  • Introduction to Electrocardiogram Monitoring and Interpretation;
  • LEO (Leading an Empowered Organization);
  • Nutrition Support;
  • Paediatric Advanced Life Support;
  • Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation;
  • Preceptorship;
  • Research Methodology;
  • Safer Handling;
  • Skills based Workshops for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors;
  • Sterile Supplies Technique Course (F.E.T.A.C. Level 5);
  • Stoma Care;
  • Venepuncture;
  • Workshops for Assessors of Clinical Competence in Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation;
  • Workshop for Assessors of Clinical Competence in the Administration of Intravenous Drug Therapies;

Contact Detail:

Catherine M Flanagan 

Ms Joanne McCarthy
Nurse Tutor  

Ms Claire Kiely 
Locum Nurse Tutor  

Ms Lilian O’Sullivan 
Resuscitation/Training Officer    
Secretarial Staff
Eileen Scragg                
Sandra O’Connor
Nora Shanahan