The Educational Pivot in Nursing & Midwifery during COVID-19 - IUA Heads of Nursing and Midwifery Group

To celebrate the International year of the Nurse and the midwife, the IUA Heads of Nursing and Midwifery group are hosting a seminar series which will run monthly throughout 2021 and 2022, to highlight the challenges, successes, research and innovations happening in academic and clinical settings nationally. Each month a different HEI will host the seminar. DCU’s School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health hosted the first seminar in the series on the 27th of May. This was in partnership with St. Angela’s College Sligo and the University of Limerick.

An introduction by the Head of School at DCU Dr Mary Rose Sweeney, followed by examples of how teaching was maintained during COVID-19.

Anna Kimmins and Patrick Doyle describe how clinical skills teaching was managed during the pandemic. Dr Denise Proudfoot, Dr Colleen O’Neill, Dr Mary Kelly, Mr Michael McKeon (DCU) and Dr Anne Marie Ryan (NMBI) describe the first Virtual NMBI site visit/programme accreditation carried out at DCU during COVID-19.


Dr Edel McSharry (St Angela’s College, Sligo) covers the partnership approach to supernumerary and internships in practice placement during COVID-19.

Dr Owen Doody and Mairead Moloney (UL) discuss advancing and recognising soft skills development via simulation.