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Exploring existing monitoring procedures within neonatal services in Ireland, and developing standards of monitoring to enhance future care.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr L Sheahan
    Dr S Kennedy
  • Application Deadline
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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: The delivery of quality neonatal care has long term implications for the health of the baby and mother. However, there are no standardised national data of key performance/ quality indicators for measuring the delivery of care in neonatal units of all levels in Ireland. Having access to such standardised measures would allow for benchmarking, comparison and review of care outcomes in neonatal services in Ireland. Aim: (I). To examine what data/ information is being collected within neonatal services in Ireland. (II). To develop a tool for data collection that can be used for future neonatal care in Ireland.

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 Healthcare related degree programme.

Knowledge & Experience


• Previous research experience with and understanding or research processes and methods.
• Understanding of nursing/midwifery care and related 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 of 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_34 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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