Fiona is an Assistant Director of Nursing in Practice Development at St. Mary’s Hospital and Phoenix Park Community Nursing Unit which is a 286 bedded campus which comprises a mix of residential, rehabilitation, transition, and complex discharge beds for persons over the age of 65.
In 2010 she was selected to become the site facilitator for the Facilitation and Implementation of Research Evidence project (F.I.R.E) and worked on this project between 2010 -2012.
Outcomes of this work include improved continence assessments of residents and management of incontinence as well as notable improvements in person centred care.
Recently appointed formally to a post in Nurse Practice Development much of her time is now spent on quality improvements, sustainment of these and evaluation of these initiatives. Some recent initiatives facilitated by her on the campus include:
Self-administration of medication,
Medication safety programme,
Improved skin care protocol for residents with incontinence,
Continence resource folders and
Nursing Metrics, a National Programme of Computerised audits.
Introducing The Project Team
RGN, RM (Hons),
Dip. Management (Distinction)
Josna is a Staff Nurse working in the complex discharge unit for the rehabilitation of the older person in St Mary’s Hospital. She has been at St. Mary's for 8 years working with care of the older person. She trained as a nurse in India and continued her studies in Ireland. Josna completed her Masters at RCSI and is currently studying for a post graduate diploma in rehabilitation of the older person from University of Limerick. She is passionate about professional development in nursing and care of the older person. She is keen to engage with health care colleagues regarding initiatives to promote continence in older persons.
Josna Celi Jose
RGN, BScN, MScN
Wemi was born in Dublin, Ireland. She earned her Bachelor (BS) and Master (MS) degrees in Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy) in New York, USA.
She moved back to Ireland in 2005 and has been working in St. Mary’s Hospital since then. Her main areas of interest are in Care of the Older Person (Gerontology), Ergonomics and Continence Awareness.
BS & MS Physical Therapy
RN, HDip Care of Older Persons, Diploma in Management, Cert in Diabetic Nursing
Bindumol Thomas is a CNSp in Gerontology in St Mary's. The role of the CNS Gerontology is varied and interchangeable according to service need. However there are key aspects to the role which include:
Undertaking a comprehensive geriatric assessment on older adults in the day hospital which includes MMSE, GDS, ECG, Bloods etc in order to evaluate an older person’s functional status, physical health, cognition, mental health and social environmental circumstances.
Work in collaboration with other members of the MDT in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating an individualised plan of care for the older person
Co-ordination of services between community service providers, the GPs and the hospital in order to enhance and maintain the health and wellbeing older person and to enable them to live with dignity and independence in their own home.
Areas of special interest include:
Undertaking continence assessment for older adults and provide education and support to people with incontinence problems.
Anne Spencer is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience as a sister in critical care. She has over the last ten years been working in education and her areas of interest are simulation, and online education.
She created PETAL in 2013 and enjoys working in partnership with practitioners at the point of care to develop education and training resources.
Visit www.petal.ie for more information
Anne Spencer, RN
BA (Hons) Nursing Practice, MSc Education & Training Management (E-Learning)