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Dr. Frances O'Brien

Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)
DOLIER STREET - SCHOOL OF NURSING


Dr Frances O'Brien is an Associate Professor in General Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Frances qualified as a General Nurse from the Meath Hospital in 1988 and registered as a Nurse Tutor in 1997. She obtained a Master's degree in Adult and Community Education from NUI, Maynooth in 2002 and in 2014 she obtained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Frances' clinical, education and research interests are in the area of cardiovascular nursing and nurse education. She is an experienced lecturer who teaches and supervises in these areas across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including PhD. Her teaching is research-led and clinically credible as she maintains close links with the clinical area. Frances has a particular interest in cardiac care (in both the general and intellectual disability populations) and in implementing and evaluating educational interventions, using randomised controlled trials. She has worked on research studies that have attracted approximately €400,000 in research funding. Her PhD was part of the ACS Response-Time Intervention Trial. In this RCT, an individualised educational intervention yielded improved knowledge about ACS, better attitudes towards symptom recognition and help-seeking behaviour, more accurate beliefs about what constitutes appropriate responses to symptoms and a decrease in pre-hospital delay time in patients who experienced ACS symptoms. The educational intervention was delivered using motivational interviewing as a behavioural change principle. Frances is engaged in collaborative research with Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Cardiology in three Health Service Providers and has been successful in translating this research in terms of improving patient outcomes and patient care. Frances' professional reputation as a researcher in cardiovascular nursing is recognised in many arenas, from external examining on critical care post graduate programmes to scholarly researchers attending Trinity to pursue a PhD under her supervision. She has also acted as a PhD examiner internationally. She leads the Cardiovascular strand on the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) As a previous Director of Global Relations, Frances has created and fostered key international partnerships with world leading universities in Europe, the USA, Hong Kong and Australia, enabling research collaborations and providing inbound and outbound student and staff mobility opportunities.
  Cardiac physiology   Cardiac rehabilitation   CARDIOLOGY   Cardiology Nursing   cardiology, nurse education   Critical Care Nursing   Health attitudes and behaviour   Health interventions and innovations   Health Promotion   Health Psychology   PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
 Clinical validation of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for treatment and care
 A study to determine how self-monitoring weight and blood pressure impacts patients" self-care management, medication treatment and hospitalisation in heart failure: a pilot randomised controlled trial.
 COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease: a quantitative study
 Registered General Nurses' self-assessed needs in respect of supporting individuals with mental health problems in the acute care setting: a needs analysis.
 The role of iron deficiency in patients with impaired ventricular function

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Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Older People Nursing 2020
External Examiner for MSc in Critical Care (Cardiff University) 2019
Joint Academic Erasmus lead for General Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD and Lund University Sweden and University of Turku, Finland. March 2019
Reviewer for the International Journal of Older People Nursing 2019
Reviewer for the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 2020
External Examiner for Bachelor in Nursing International St. Angela's, NUIG. 2019
External Examiner BSc (General Nursing) Athlone Institute of Technology 2016
Invited Lecturer for delivery of cardiovascular lectures to Registered Mental Health Nurses. 2015 -
Academic Lead for the International Winter and Summer Schools in the School of Nursing & Midwifery 2016
Academic lead for the development of a 'Science Without Borders' Nursing and Midwifery Programme and co-ordinator of same for incoming students. 2014
Academic lead for the development of a Study Abroad programme for visiting international students to the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 2014
Occasional Reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Nursing 2015
Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) affiliate centre of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) 2015
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Basic Basic
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National Institute for Preventive Cardiology Alliance Member 2018 ongoing
Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP), changed to Association of Cardiac Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in 2018 2016 ongoing
Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association 2007 ongoing
All Ireland Society of Higher Education (AISHE) 2013 ongoing
Member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) affiliate centre of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI) 2015 ongoing
An Board Altranais now Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland 1988 ongoing
Caples N, O' Brien F, Mooney M., A study to determine if the fluid heart tracker app supports patient decision-making at the onset of worsening heart failure, Book of Abstracts, ACNAP conference 2024, Wroclaw, Poland, June 14-15 2024, edited by Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals , 2024, pp1 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Lydon, C, Mooney M. O' Brien F.,, Newly Qualified General Nurses" Experiences of Internship: A Republic of Ireland Cross-Sectional Study,, Book of Abstracts UCD, UCD SNMHS (2023) Inaugural International Research Conference: Scanning Horizons, Driving Change, Building a Healthier World., University College Dublin, August 10th and 11th, University College Dublin, 2023, pp7 - 100, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Caples N, O'Brien F and Mooney M. , A mobile App to support weight monitoring as part of Heart Failure Self-Care , Book of abstracts https://www.escardio.org/Congresses-Events/ACNAP-Congress/Scientific-programme , Association of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professionals annual international conference, Edinburgh, June 23-24, edited by ESC , European Society of Cardiology, 2023, pp1 - 62, Notes: [https://www.escardio.org/Congresses-Events/ACNAP-Congress/Scientific-programme ], Conference Paper, PRESENTED
International Journal of Older People Nursing, Denmark, John Wiley & Sons A/S, [eds.], 2023, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
O'Brien, F., McCallion, P., Ryan, C., Paul, A., Burke, É., Echiverri, S., & McCarron, M., Does Arterial Stiffness Predict Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults With an Intellectual Disability?., Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Connolly, D., Daly, L., O'Brien, F., Harris, E., Antony, A. & Grogan, F, Impact of COVID-19 on Nurses' Experiences of Communicating with and Supporting Patients and Family/ Informal Carers' Communication: A Qualitative Exploration, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2023), School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, 8-9th March 2023, 2023, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
Daly, L., O'Brien, F., Connolly, D., Harris, E., Antony, A.M. & Grogan, F., Impact of COVID-19 on nurses' experiences of communicating with and supporting patients and family/ informal carers' communication, 8th Dublin South, Kildare, Wicklow Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit Conference "Recognising Nursing & Midwifery"s contribution in the current and evolving healthcare environment", Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley, 14th September 2023, 2023, Poster, PUBLISHED
Caples N, O' Brien F, Mooney M, A review of heart failure weight monitoring apps to identify their use in supporting patients with heart failure self-care., Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Forum, Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Forum, Washington, November30-December2, 2023, pp1 , Poster, PRESENTED
Caples N., O' Brien F, Mooney M, A study to determine if the Fluid Heart Tracker App supports patient decision-making at the onset of worsening heart failure., CVCT forum publication, Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Forum, Washington, Nov. 30-Dec 2nd 2023, 2023, pp1 , Poster, PRESENTED
Daly, L., O'Brien, F., Connolly, D., Harris, E., Antony A.M. & Grogan, F., Enabling Person and Family-Centred Communication - Learning from COVID-19, A Nursing Perspective, Naas Hospital Quality, Research and Audit Day 2023, Naas General Hospital, 4th December 2023, 2023, Poster, PUBLISHED
  

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Frances O'Brien, Internationalisation and Student Exchange Activities within the School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD, Open seminar for leaders from all nursing programmes in Norway regarding internationalisation, Oslo Metropolitan University, 17th April 2023, 2023, Oslo Metropolitan University, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Daly L., O'Brien F., Connolly D., Harris E., Anthony A.M. and Grogan F., The Impact of COVID-19 on Nurses" Experiences of Communicating with and Supporting Patients and Family/Informal Carers Communication: A Qualitative Exploration, Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity Coll, April, 2023, p1 - 86, Report, PUBLISHED
Byrne G., Nash M., Mooney M.O Brien F. & Prizeman G., General Nurses self-assessed educational needs regarding caring for patients with mental health problems in the acute care setting. A report for the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Ireland., January, 2020, p1 - 93, Report, PUBLISHED
Joby Joseph & Frances O'Brien , Critical care nurses' current practices and perceptions of clinical alarms in critical care units: an Irish cross sectional study, Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference (THEconf2019), Trinity College Dublin , 6th March , 2019, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED
Mary Mooney, Frances O' Brien, Gabrielle McKee, Sharon O' Donnell, The ACS Response Time Educational Intervention, World of Irish Nursing, 24, (10), 2017, p55 - 57, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mary Mooney, Frances O' Brien, Gabrielle McKee, Sharon O' Donnell, The ACS Response Time Intervention Trial, Hospital Doctor of Ireland, 22, 2016, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mary Mooney, Frances O' Brien, Gabrielle McKee, Sharon O' Donnell, Mission Critical: An Irish RCT to target reduction in patient pre-hospital delay time in ACS should pave way for change, Professional Diabetes and Cardiology Review, 1, (3), 2014, p12 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Brien Frances, Report 11th CCNAP Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing April 2011, Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association News, Winter 2011-2012, 2011, p4 - 4, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mooney M., O'Brien F., McKee G., O' Donnell S. & Moser D, Unchanging times: Acute coronary syndrome pre-hospital delay times in an Irish population., 4th Annual Multi - Disciplinary Research, Clinical Audit & Quality Improvement Seminar 2011, St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8, May 19th 2011, 2011, Poster, PUBLISHED
O'Brien, F., Information on the 11th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association, Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association Autumn Newsletter, August, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Government of Ireland International Academic Mobility Programme 2019
Research Incentive Grant from TCD 2007
Dorthy and David Mitchell Scholarship - Adelaide Hospital Society 2006
Masters in Arts (jure officii), Trinity College Dublin 2006
My primary research interest relates to cardiovascular health: Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Patient education. I am currently investigating cardiovascular health in older people with an intellectual disability, which builds on the DoH and HRB-funded study IDS-TILDA, the intellectual disability supplement to Trinity's longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland. My research interest in education relates to: Registered General Nurses' needs in respect of supporting individuals with mental health problems in the acute care setting and the needs of mature students in nurse education. Areas of methodological expertise include; Randomised Controlled Trials, Survey research design, Mixed methods.