Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Dr Tom O'Connor

  • Dr Tom O'ConnorRole: Deputy to the Head of Department; Senior Lecturer, Director of Academic Affairs
  • Email: tomoconnor@rcsi.ie
  • Professional qualifications: Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor
  • Academic qualifications: Dip Nurs, BSc, MSc, PG Dip Ed. EdD



Current research

Wound care and tissue viability
  • Pressure ulcer risk assessment: risk factors and risk screening in older person - a validation study
  • The impact of mobility assessment and sub epidermal moisture measurement versus traditional risk assessment and visual skin assessment on pressure ulcer incidence
  • The accuracy of PH, Temperature and Exudate as measures of wound healing outcomes
  • The role of sub-epidermal moisture measurement versus traditional risk assessment in the prediction of pressure ulcer risk among adults undergoing surgery
  • The impact of an educational intervention on home support workers ability to assess and detect early pressure ulcer damage within a community setting
  • Review of the HSE Guidelines for Wound Management

Leadership and organisation in nursing
  • Investigating the factors influencing job satisfaction among school nurses in Bahrain – a mixed methods study
  • Empowerment of Nurses and organizational engagement in Saudi Arabia

Effective educational strategies for health professional education
  • A mixed method investigation of competency decay in Nursing with the development of an educational model for its prevention
  • Peer Observation of Teaching, A BEME systematic review
  • Patient and lay carer education for the prevention of pressure ulcers: A Cochrane Systematic Review

Masculinities and gendered identities in nursing
  • Gender Role Conflict in Male Nursing Students: A Longitudinal Study to Explore Patterns of Conflict Negotiation and Effects on Student Outcomes
  • HSE

Publications and presentations

Papers
  • Moore, Z., O’Brien G, Molloy S, O’Connor T Advancing pressure ulcer prevention with the SEMTM Scanner Wounds UK. 12(1):70-5 (2016).
  • O'Connor, T., Saleh, U., Afaneh, T., Moore, Z., Patton, D., & Derwin, R. The use of a Competence Fair to validate nursing competence. Nurse Education Today, 57, 1-7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.06.007 (2017)
  • Power, G., Moore, Z., O'Connor, T. Measurement of pH, exudate composition and temperature in wound healing: a systematic review. J Wound Care, 26(7), 381-397. doi:10.12968/jowc.2017.26.7.381(2017)
  • Watson, C., O'Connor, T. Legislating for advocacy: The case of whistleblowing. Nurs Ethics 24, 305-312, doi:10.1177/0969733015600911 (2017)

Book chapters
  • O'Connor T ; (2006) 'Cultural Health Assessment: Ireland' In: D'avanzo, C. & Geissler E (eds). Cultural Health Assessment 4th edition. Missouri: Mosby.
  • McHugh A., O'Connor T., Fealy G., Clancy A., & Drennan J; (2004) 'Developing and Implementing an E-Learning Strategy in a School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Republic of Ireland' In: Seth Preston & Nguyen, T (eds). Virtuality and Education: A Reader. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.

Peer reviewed journals
  • Moore, Z., Patton, D., Rhodes, S.L., O'Connor, T. (2017). Subepidermal moisture (SEM) and bioimpedance: a literature review of a novel method for early detection of pressure-induced tissue damage pressure ulcers. International Wound Journal, 14(2), 331-337. doi:10.1111/iwj.12604
  • Oliveira A.L., Moore Z., O' Connor T., Patton D. (2017) Accuracy of ultrasound, thermography and subepidermal moisture in predicting pressure ulcers: a systematic review. Journal of Wound Care. 26(5), 199-215
  • Moore Z, Patton D, Rhodes S.L, O'Connor T. (2016) Subepidermal moisture (SEM) and bioimpedance: a literature review of a novel method for early detection of pressure-induced tissue damage (pressure ulcers). International wound journal. 2016.
  • Azadi A, Valizadeh L, Zamanzadeh V, O’Connor T, Negarandeh R, Taghinejad (2016) H. Maintaining Equilibrium: Socialization and Gendered Identities of Iranian Male Nurses. The Journal of Men's Studies. DOI: 10.1177/1060826516658764 Published online before print August, 2016.
  • O’Connor T. (2015) Men Choosing Nursing: Negotiating a Masculine Identity in a Feminine World. Journal of Men’s Studies DOI: 1060826515582519
  • Moore, Zena, Angel, Donna, Bjerregaard, Julie, O'Connor, Tom, McGuiness, William, Kröger, Knut, Yderstraede, Knud Bonnet. (2015). Ehealth in wound care - from conception to implementation. Journal of Wound Care, 24(Sup5), S6-S35.
  • Watson, CL, & O’Connor, T. (2015). Legislating for advocacy the case of whistleblowing. Nursing Ethics 0969733015600911. Epub ahead of print Sep, 2015.
  • Fealy GM, McNamara MS, Casey M, O’ Connor T, Patton D, Doyle L, Quinlan C (2015) 'Service impact of a national clinical leadership development programme: Findings from a qualitative study'. Journal of Nursing Management, 23(3), 324-332.
  • McNamara MS, Fealy GM, Casey M, O’Connor T, Patton D, Doyle L, Quinlan C. (2014) Mentoring, coaching and action learning: Interventions in a national clinical leadership development programme. Journal of Clinical Nursing 3(17-18), 2533-2541.
  • Patton D., Fealy G., McNamara M., O Connor T., Casey M.,. Doyle L. & Quinlan C. (2013) Individual-level outcomes from a national clinical leadership development programme. Contemporary Nurse 45(1), 56-63.
  • Ahern A., O'Connor T., MacRuairc G., McNamara M., & O'Donnell D. (2012) Critical thinking in the university curriculum - the impact on engineering education. European Journal of Engineering Education, 37 (2):125-132.
  • O'Connor T., Fealy G., Kelly M., McGuiness AM. & Timmins F. (2009) An evaluation of a collaborative approach to the assessment of competence among nursing students of three universities in Ireland. Nurse Education Today, 29 (5):493-499.
  • O'Connor T. (2006) 'Commentary on Dewing, J. & Traynor V. Admiral nursing competency project: practice development and action research. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15 (11):1476-1477.
  • O'Connor T. & Kelly B. (2005) 'Bridging the gap: A study of general nurses' perceptions of patient advocacy in Ireland'. Nursing Ethics, 12 (5):453-467.
  • O'Connor T. (2002) 'Incorporating Caring in Nursing Curricula'. All Ireland Journal of Nursing, 2 (4):46-50.

Cochrane Database
  • O'Connor T, Moore ZEH, Dumville JC, Patton D. Patient and lay carer education for preventing pressure ulceration in at-risk populations (2015) (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD012006. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012006.

Published reports
  • O'Connor T, Moore ZEH. , Patton D., Wilson P., Gillen, C. & Reilly, A. (2016) Report of the evaluation of the BRH-A2 Wound healing device on Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers. RCSI, Dublin.
  • Fealy, G., Patton, D., O’Donnell, D., Downes, C., O’Connor, T. (2014) An Evaluation of the HSE National Training Programme in Preventing Elder Abuse. NCPOP, University College Dublin.
  • Fealy G., McNamara M., Casey M., Doyle L., O Connor T., Patton D., & Quinlan C. (2012) Evaluation of the National Clinical Leadership Development Project Pilot. University College Dublin, Dublin.

Invited keynote address
  • O’Connor T. (2013) Practice development, continuing professional development and clinical excellence. Malaysian Nurses Association 63rd Annual Seminar, Ipoh 15-18 March 2013.

Invited lectures
  • Tom O’Connor; E-Health in Woundcare From conception to Implementation; Wound Management Association of Ireland Biennial Conference, 3 October 2015
  • Tom O’Connor; Advancing pressure ulcer prevention – making the invisible visible with new assessment technology; Wounds UK Glasgow; 28 April 2016
  • Tom O’Connor; Skin Assessment Use of the SEM Scanner to prevent pressure ulcers; RCSI Masterclass Series; 25 April 2016

Conference publications
  • Shanley E., Moore Z., Patton D. (2017) Pressure Ulcers: Development and psychometric evaluation of the Patient Knowledge of Pressure Ulcer Prevention Instrument (KPUP) [Oral]. Institute of Community Health Nursing, Annual Conference. Dublin, May 2017
  • O’ Connor T., Patton D., Moore Z. (2017) The use of combined modulated ultrasound and electric field stimulation for chronic wound healing [Poster]. EWMA 2017, Amsterdam, May 3-6.
  • Lewis C., Moore Z., O’Connor T., Patton D., Nugent L. (2017) Examining predictors of risk through a community virtual ward [Oral]. Institute of Community Health Nursing, Annual Conference. Dublin, May 2017
  • O’Connor T., Moore Z., Patton D., Wilson P., Gillen C., Hughes, M., Reilly, A. (2017) the Use of Combined Modulated Ultrasound and Electric Field Simulation for Chronic Wound Healing. Poster Presented at the EWMA Conference May 2017. http://ewma.org/ewma-conference/2017-519/
  • Lewis C, Moore Z, O Connor T, Patton D, Nugent L (2017) Examining the process and impact of risk stratification using a community virtual ward model to manage older persons complex care needs [Poster]. RCSI Research Day, March 2017
  • Shanley E., Moore Z., O’Connor T., Patton D.  (2017) Pressure ulcers: Development and psychometric evaluation of the patient knowledge of pressure ulcer prevention instrument (KPUP) [Oral]. RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Conference, 36th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference, March 2, 2017
  • O'Connor T., Moore ZEH. , Patton D., Wilson P., Gillen, C., Reilly, A. (2017) An evaluation of the use of combined ultrasound and electrostimulation for chronic DFUs [Oral]. RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Conference, 36th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference, March 2017
  • Hasan G. & O’Connor T. (2017 The Impact Of Open Visitation on Critically-Ill Patients’ Family Member Satisfaction: A Systematic Review. [Oral]. RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery Conference, 36th Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference, March 2017
  • Patton D, Moore Z, O Connor T (2016) From bench to bedside: executing a wound research strategy across a university hospital group [Oral E Poster]. Wounds Australia, Melbourne, November, 2016
  • DeMartinex A, Patton D, Moore Z, O’Connor T (2016) Subepidermal moisture, ultrasound, thermography and photography in predicting pressure ulcers: a systematic review [Oral E Poster]. Wounds Australia, Melbourne, November, 2016
  • Power G, Moore Z, O'Connor T (2016) pH, exudate composition and temperature measurement in wounds - A systematic review. [Poster] Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development South East Conference, Oct 19th 2016 Awards
  • Budri A, Moore Z, Patton D, O Connor T (2016) The pathology behind pressure ulcers: a systematic review [Oral E Poster]. Wounds Australia, Melbourne, November, 2016
  • O’Connor T, Moore Z, Patton D (2016) Innovation in pressure ulcer prevention: sub epidermal moisture measurement, the evidence to date [Oral]. Wounds Australia, Melbourne, November, 2016
  • O’Connor R., O'Connor T, Moore ZEH. , Patton D (2016) The prevalence rate of pressure ulcers in the acute hospital setting while Investigating three methods of measuring prevalence [Oral]. Wounds UK Annual Conference 2016 November 14-16, 2016, Harrogate, UK.
  • Budri A, Moore Z, Patton D, O Connor T (2016) Pressure ulcer risk assessment: risk factors and risk screening in older persons - a validation study [Oral]. Wounds UK Annual Conference 2016 November 14-16, 2016, Harrogate, UK.
  • O’Connor R., O'Connor T, Moore ZEH. , Patton D (2016) Pressure ulcer detection and risk assessment: the use of subepidermal moisture scanning versus existing methodologies [Oral]. 26th Conference of the European Wound Management Association 11-13 May 2016, Bremen, Germany.
  • Power G, Moore Z, O Connor T (2016) pH, Exudate Composition and Temperature Measurement in Wounds – A Systematic Review. [Poster] Wounds UK Annual Conference 2016, 14th-16th November 2016.
  • Moore ZEH, McGuiness, W & O’Connor T. (2015) Key session: guidance document on ehealth in wound care [Oral]. 25th Conference of the European Wound Management Association: E-Health Symposium. London 14 -15 May 2015. London, U.K.
  • O'Connor T. (2014) Masculinities in the Nursing Profession [Oral]. American Men's Studies Association 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference., March 27-29th. Tacoma, USA.
  • O'Connor T. (2014) Women's Work: The Exclusion of Men from Certain Areas of Nursing and Midwifery Practice [Oral]. RCSI 33rd International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference. February 19-20th. Dublin, Ireland
  • Patton D, O Connor T, Evans H (2014) Evaluating a globalised nursing education experience, lessons from practice [Oral].33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, February 2014
  • MacRuairc G., O' Connor T., Ahern A. & McNamara M. (2012) Explicating Critical Thinking in Higher Education Pedagogy [Oral]. Symposium Session: ECER conference, Cadiz, Spain.
  • O'Connor T., McNamara M., Ahern A., MacRuairc G. & O'Donnell D. (2011) Theorising Critical Thinking in Nursing Education [Oral] 3rd International Nursing & Midwifery Conference, NUI Galway. Galway, Ireland.
  • O'Connor T. (2011) Men applying to nursing, a gendered decision [Oral] 3rd International Nursing & Midwifery Conference, NUI Galway. Galway, Ireland.
  • Ahern A., O'Connor T., McNamara M. & MacRuairc G. (2011) Interpreting critical thinking for engineering education - the views of employers and academics [Oral] International Conference on Engineering Education. Belfast, UK.
  • O'Connor, T. MacRuairc G., Ahern, A. & McNamara, M. (2010) Critical thinking, how do we find what we're looking for? [Oral] DRHEA Forum Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
  • O’Connor T., Ahern A., McNamara M. & MacRuairc G. (2010) Developing critical thinking ability; the contribution of a university education [Oral] EAIR Forum Valencia, Spain.
  • O'Connor T (2009) Support for preceptors; an e-learning approach [Oral] 2nd International Nursing and Midwifery Conference, NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • O'Connor T. & Sheridan A. (2008) Evaluation of Assessment Burden on Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Students [Oral]. 2nd Colloquium on University Teaching and Learning, UCD. Dublin, Ireland.
  • O'Connor T. & Patton D. (2008) Do I always have to respect the patient’s wishes?: contradictions in being an advocate for people receiving inpatient mental healthcare [Oral] . 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference Transforming Healthcare through Research, Education & Technology Trinity College Dublin. Dulbin Ireland.
  • O'Connor T. Fealy, G, Kelly, M., Mc Guinness AM, & Timmins F. (2007) A Collaborative Approach to the Assessment of Competence among Nursing Students of Three Universities in Dublin, Ireland [Oral] Practice Makes Perfect. Education of Health Professionals in Community, Clinical and Simulated Setting. Nov 2007 Vancouver, Canada.
  • Collins R., Connolly M., & O'Connor T. (2005) A Living Curriculum - Developing a Nursing Curriculum for Older Person Care at Masters Level in Four European States [Oral] 6th Interdisciplinary Research Conference, School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, University of Dublin Trinity College. Dulbin Ireland.
  • O'Connor T. (2004) Practicing Nurses' Perception of Patient Advocacy [Oral]. RCSI 23rd Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, February, 2004. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Patton D, O Connor T (2004) Respecting patient autonomy in psychiatric nursing: An oxymoron? [Oral] 9th RCN European Conference on Mental Health Nursing, Dublin, February 2004. Dublin Ireland.
  • Fealy G. O'Connor T. & Carney M. (2004) Developing a New Clinical Assessment Strategy: the UCD experience [Oral] . RCSI 23rd Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, February, 2004. Dublin Ireland.
  • O'Connor T. (2003) Bridging the Gap: Practising Nurses' Perception of Patient Advocacy. [Oral], NET Conference September 2003, Durham. UK.

Honours and awards
  • UCD Fellowship in Teaching & Academic Development (2009)

Funding

  • Health Service Executive: Wound Management Guideline Development Project. CA (2016-2017) €26,000
  • RCSI Research Forum Grant: Developing an international consensus on Pressure Ulcer Grading and Risk Assessment CA (2016): €5,000
  • Industry liaison and collaborations: Various 2014-present CA €110,000
  • Enterprise Ireland: Self-management of Pressure Ulcer Risk, H2020 planning grant. CA (2015) €12,325
  • Industry funding: The use of ultrasound and electrostimulation for chronic wounds PI (2015) €10,400
  • National Centre for the Protection of Older People: An evaluation of Elder Abuse Awareness Training CA (2012-14) (Research programme €1,037,472)
  • Health Service Executive: The National Clinical Leadership Pilot Framework Evaluation. CA (2011-12) € 30,539
  • UCD/SIF Funding. Fellowship in Teaching & Academic Development. Critical thinking in the University curriculum PI (2009-11) €16,000
  • Health Services Executive: An evaluation of shared specialist placement competence assessment tool. PI (2006-07) €2,000
  • UCD Seed Funding: A collaborative approach to the assessment of competence among nursing students of three universities in Dublin Ireland. PI (2007): €1500
  • National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery: Active E-learning Support for Competence Assessment Bridging the Gap, Online Support for Preceptors (project weblink) PI (2006- 09): €134,720.

Teaching and Research Supervision

Teaching
  • Dr O’Connor teaches across all programmes in the School of Nursing & Midwifery and as Director of Academic Affairs has overall responsibility for the accreditation, delivery and quality assurance of all the educational offerings in the School.
  • Dr O’Connor also leads on internationalisation of the School’s programme and currently is developing links with China and Saudi Arabia.

Research students
  • Suzanne Moore (MSc): What is the Impact of Interventions Targeted at Health Literacy on Patient Outcomes, Medication Adherence and Health Related Quality of Life?: A Systematic Review. (completed)
  • Rosalind O’Connor (MSc): The prevalence rate of pressure ulcers for those residing in the community (completed)
  • Gillian Power (Msc): pH, Exudate Composition and Temperature Measurement in Wounds - A Systematic Review (completed)
  • Faten Hasani (PhD) : Investigating the factors effecting job satisfaction among School nurses in Bahrain
  • Ana Lúcia Martins de Oliveira (PhD): The role of sub-epidermal moisture measurement versus traditional risk assessment in the prediction of pressure ulcer risk among adults undergoing surgery
  • Hattan Al Subh (PhD) i: Empowerment of Nurses and organisational engagement in Saudi Arabia
  • Erika Cullen (PhD): A mixed method investigation of competency decay in Nursing with the development of an educational model for its prevention