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

Dr Linda Nugent

  • Linda NugentRole: Lecturer and Programme Director
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  • Professional qualifications: Registered General Nurse
  • Academic qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc

Current research

Current projects
  • A Community Virtual Ward Model to support Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Care Needs
  • Hydrogel dressings for donor sites of split thickness skin grafts
  • Research Excellence across Clinical Healthcare (REACH): A research capacity building programme for CNSs and ANPs (Supervision to post-doctoral researcher and clinical nurse researchers)

Publications and presentations

  • Lewis, C., Moore, Z.E., Doyle, F., Martin, A., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E., (2017) A Community Virtual Ward Model to support older persons with complex health and social care needs, Clinical Interventions and Aging, In press March 2017.
  • O’Brien, J., Keaveny, J., Pollard, V. & Nugent, L.E., (2017) Advancing Nursing Practice: Management of Neuropathic Pain with Capsaicin 8% without Physician Supervision, Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, In press February 2017.
  • Cusack, E., Killoury, F., Nugent, L.E. (2016) The professional psychiatric/mental health nurse: Skills, competencies and supports required to adopt recovery-orientated policy in practice, Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12347
  • Nugent, L.E & Wallston, K.A. (2016) Modified social learning theory re-examined: correlates of self- management behaviors of persons with Type 2 diabetes, Journal of Behavioural Medicine, DOI 10.1007/s10865-0169753-7
  • Vilinsky, A., Sheridan, A., Nugent, L.E. (2016) Preventing peri-operative maternal and neonatal hypothermia after skin-to-skin contact Journal of Neonatal Nursing DOI: 10.1016/j.jnn.2016.02.002
  • Nugent, L.E., Carson, M., Zammitt, N.N., Smith, G.D., Wallston, K.A. (2015) Health value & perceived control over health: behavioural constructs to support Type 2 diabetes self-management in clinical practice, Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  • Rodger, D., O’Neil, M., Nugent, L. (2015) Informal carer’s experiences of caring for older adults at home: a phenomenological study, British Journal of Community Nursing, 20 (6) 280-285
  • Nolan, A., Kennedy, S., O’Malley, A., Kirwan, M. Hughes, A., Barry, A., Goodwin, V., Cunningham, A.M., Coyne, H & Nugent, L. (2015) Mothers’ voices: Results of a survey of public health nurse-led breast feeding support groups, Primary Health Care 25 (7) 26-30.
  • Barry, M. & Nugent, L (2015) The role of education in pressure ulcer prevention. Nursing Standard, 30 (16- 18) 50-58, DOI: 10.7748/ns.30.16.50.s46

  • 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
  • Lewis, C., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E., (2017) Examining the process and impact of risk stratification using a community virtual ward model to manage older persons complex care needs, 36th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference, RCSI
  • Saba, M., McNamara, E., & Nugent, L.E. (2016) The Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) Annual Conference and the 10th Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) International Conference 2016. Oral and poster presentation: Attitudes of healthcare staff influencing the uptake of the influenza vaccine? 6-8 November 2016.
  • Lewis, C., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E. (2016) Forum for National Clinical and Integrated Care Programmes, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Oral Presentation: A community virtual ward model to support older persons with complex health and social care, 18 October 2016
  • Lewis, C., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E. (2016) Reaffirming the Values of Nursing and Midwifery conference. Farmleigh, Dublin. Oral presentation: Community Nursing and Nursing values, 1 June 2016.
  • Nugent, L.E., (2016) Future Health Summit, Dublin, Ireland. Oral presentation: Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education: The power of one, 26 May 2016
  • Lewis, C., Cusack, E., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E. (2016) Annual Conference Research Excellence across Clinical HealthCare (REACH initiative) Dublin City University. Oral presentation: Developing a Nursing Initiative - Community Virtual Ward Older Persons. 26 April 2016.
  • Lewis, C., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E. (2016) 35th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research & Educational Conference , RCSI. Oral presentation: Doctorial Research - Community Virtual Ward to Support Older Persons: Examining risk prediction & risk stratification in a high risk cohort. 3 March 2016.
  • Lewis, C., Patton, D., Nugent, L.E., (2016) International Research Day RCSI. Oral presentation: A Community Virtual Ward to Support Older Persons with Complex Health and Social Care Needs. 25 February 2016.
  • Nugent, L.E. & Cusack, E. (2015) 3rd International APN & ANP Congress, Advanced Practice Nursing & Advanced Nursing Practice “To Be or not to Be” Development and Establishment of Advanced Practice Nursing in German speaking countries and internationally Munich - Akademie Städtisches Klinikum München GmbH Oral Presentation: Nursing & Midwifery Research Excellence across Clinical Healthcare, REACH Programme, 4 September 2015.
  • Nugent, L.E. (2015) RCSI Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery 34th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery, Research & Education Conference, Plenary speaker: Research Excellence across Clinical Healthcare - The REACH programme, 19 February 2015.
  • Nugent, L.E. (2014) Nursing & Midwifery Clinical Research Conference, Oral presentation: Nursing & Midwifery REACH Programme, Dublin North, School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University, 12 June 2015.


  • HSE, Nursing Midwifery Planning and Development, Research & Innovation fund 2015, €30,000
  • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Seed funding, 2014, €30,000

Teaching and research supervision

  • Programme Director for Neonatal Intensive Care – Postgraduate diploma
  • Programme Director for Sexual Assault and Forensic Examination – SAFE – Higher Diploma
  • Module leader for Change Management – Advanced Leadership – MSc year 1, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Module leader for Advanced Management & Strategy – Advanced Leadership – MSc Year 1, Postgraduate Diploma.

PhD Students
  • Clare Lewis – 2015-2018: A Community Virtual Ward Model to Support Older Adults with Complex Health and Social Care Needs

MSc Supervision 2016 -2017
  • Colette Cunningham – The effect of Kangaroo Care in preterm/low birth weight infants in the neonatal setting of a hospital environment
  • Binila Kurian – The effects of mindfulness based stress reduction interventions in reducing stress levels among ICU healthcare professionals
  • Hilary Jordan – Nurse initiated pain protocols on pain management outcomes for adult patients in the Emergency Department
  • Isobel Flynn – The effectiveness of research capacity building approaches for clinical nursing practice
  • Jennifer Brady - Homecare by outreach nursing: Does it improve quality of life if adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?
  • Laura Mc Dermott – Mode of delivery and its impact on the birth experience in first time mothers – A Systematic review
  • Malarvizhi Karupusamy - The incidence of DVT in patients using foot pumps after knee arthroplasty
  • Sitara Jane – The Impact of Folic Acid Supplementation on first stroke patients with Hypertension
  • Tara Morris – The effectiveness of the 4A’s Test Assessment tool compared to the Confusion Assessment Method as an efficient tool for detecting delirium in the Emergency Department
  • Thresiamma Thomas – The effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in elderly living in community and long-term care settings.

MSc Supervision 2015- 2016
  • Baby Been Paulose – The Impact of Heated Humidified High Flow Nasal Cannula in Preterm Infants with Respiratory Distress Syndrome Compared to Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Preventing Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Miriam Malik – The Impact of Geriatric Focused Nurse Assessment and Interventions in the Emergency Department
  • Muthu Saba – What are the attitudes of healthcare staff towards influenza vaccine?
  • Edel Smith – The Impact of colorimetric CO2 detectors in mask ventilation in neonatal resuscitation: A Systematic review
  • Asha Alex – The impact of care bundles on the rates of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) in Acute Care Hospitals

Committee membership
  • RCSI Research Ethics Committee member 2016- current
  • HSE Council of Clinical information officers, Office of the Chief Information Officer

  • PhD student Clare Lewis – Community Virtual Ward Project –finalist in the Health Service Executive National Excellence Awards April 2016 – Clare received a special commendation for quality of project submission