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An examination of current care practices for people with substance misuse disorders within acute health care settings.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Reidy
    Dr M Foley
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Post summary

Applications are invited to undertake a full-time or part-time MSc by Research in the Department of Nursing and Health Care on the following project: Aside from specialised nursing roles, there is limited information on knowledge, skills and attitude of acute setting nurses in relation to working with people who have alcohol and/or drug misuse problems that present to acute services. Yet consistently, such nurses offer the front-line service to people with such substance misuse related health needs. Currently, it is not known if this gap in knowledge presents any additional challenges for individuals with substance misuse problems in accessing care. Aim: (I) To explore the experiences of acute setting nurses in relation to persons presenting for care with substance misuse disorders. (II) Identify educational and training needs for nurses working in acute settings in relation to substance misuse. (III) To develop an education and training tool to address identified needs in relation to managing persons with substance misuse disorders in acute settings.

Standard duties and responsibilities of the scholarship

• Undertake a programme of research leading to the successful attainment of an MSc.
• Attend generic skills training provided by WIT and other courses as required.
• Attend and present at conferences and seminars.
• Provide quarterly project updates to MSc Steering Group.
• Deliver agreed papers for publication in conjunction with the supervisory team.
• Get teaching experience within the Department of Nursing and Health Care.

Person specification



• Registered nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or other relevant health related qualification.
• Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum, a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Nursing/Midwifery or other Healthcare related discipline.


• First class undergraduate degree in Nursing/ Midwifery or Health care related degree programme.

Knowledge & Experience


• Previous research experience with and understanding or research processes and methods.
• Understanding of substance use and substance misuse issues.


• Knowledge and experience of data analysis.

Skills & Competencies


• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
• Excellent communication (written and verbal) and analytical skills.
• The candidate must be highly motivated and self-directed with good time and project management skills.
• The candidate should have the capacity to manage large datasets and display willingness to travel for research purposes.


• Experience communicating with health professionals and patients

Further information

For any informal queries, please contact Evan Matthews – Research Lead for CARE Collaboration, +353 51 302848 or (preferably) by email on [Email Address Removed].

For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office via email [Email Address Removed] or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.

Application procedure

Please download the Research Postgraduate Application Form from the WIT Website and return completed applications to [Email Address Removed] quoting WD_2019_35 in the email subject line. Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.
Any queries relating to the application process should be emailed to [Email Address Removed].


Funding Notes

2-3 years full-time or part-time

Stipend: €20,000 (Full time), €12,000 (Part time) per annum
Research postgraduate fees are included in the Scholarship per annum
Research costs: €2,000 (Travel and Consumables) per annum

Teaching requirement: Up to 3 hours per week

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