RN, RM, RNP, RANP, BNS, BSc (Hons) Neonatal Studies, MSc.
Newly elected Chairperson, Christine has worked as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (Neonatology) at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin since 2005 the first of such posts in neonatology. Her nursing career commenced with General Nursing at St James Hospital, Dublin and Midwifery at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. She obtained her BNS degree in UCD, a BSc (Hons) in Neonatal Studies (2001) in Southampton University (the first programme for ANPs in neonatology in the UK) and an MSc from UCD (2002). Christine was one of the participants for the Nurse Prescribing Pilot Project in 2003 and successfully completed the Certificate programme in 2008 and the Prescription of ionising radiation by Nurses certificate in 2016.
Her areas of research, audit and project work include neonatal abstinence syndrome on which she has presented widely, prevention and management of hypothermia in the newborn, nutrition, clinical risk, development of a neonatal early warning tool and infection prevention. She is heavily involved with nurse/midwifery education providing lecture support on midwifery programmes in Trinity College, Dublin, Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Neonatal Intensive Care) and Foundation Programme in Neonatal Nursing part 1 and 2 through RCSI. Christine is part of the group that proposed and developed the MSc Advanced Practice/PG Certificate Advanced Practice (Neonatology) through RCSI. In 2007 she was part of the sub-committee set up by the Maternity Strategy Implementation Group to review models of care and workforce planning. As a member of the (NCPPN) Parentral nutrition group she was involved in developing national standards for Parentral Nutrition in Paediatrics and Neonatology; advising on requirements, developing a national guideline and eLearning programme on HseLand and liaising with suppliers and government funding bodies.
She has been a member of the IAANMP since its foundation, a committee member since 2013.