Nursing Service

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses

Phone01 414 2000
Address: Tallaght University Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24 D24 NR0A. Ireland.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP)

'ANPs use advanced critical nursing knowledge and critical thinking skills to independently provide optimum patient care through caseload management of acute and chronic illnesses throughout the hospital. They are expert in clinical practice and educated to masters level or above. We currently have 17 Registered ANPs and 10 Candidate ANPs within the adult service. We are keen to grow these numbers as ANPs are an essential part of our strategy in developing nursing supports for our patients and the healthcare journey they take with us'.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Gerontology

Gerontology ANPc
Joshi Dookhy RANP, RGN, RNP, MSc
Claire Noonan RANP, RGN, NP, MSc
Helen Hobson ANPc,  RGN
Cathy McHale ANPc, RGN, PG Diploma
‘The ANPs work in collaboration with the Age Related Health Care Team and the MDT to deliver quality person-centred care with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for older people in both acute and community setting’.
Joshi Dookhy and Cathy McHale work in the Memory Assessment and Support Service. Claire Noonan works with the Integrated care team in the community and provides an In-Reach service for patients from Nursing homes. Helen Hobson works with Stroke team in TUH.
PICTURE ORDER: Joshi Dookhy (l), Claire noonan (centre), Helen Hobson (r) - Missing: Cathy Mchale

Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Gynaecology

Colleen Byrne, ANP
Coleen Byrne
Coleen works in collaboration with the gynaecology team to deliver quality patient centered care, with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for Women attending the gynacology unit at Tallaght University Hospital.  Her specialities include Gynae ultrasound sonography and ambulatory hysteroscopy.  

Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Respiratory

Lisa Glynnn, cANP
Lisa Glynn (c ANP)
Lisa works in collaboration with the respiratory team to deliver high quality patient-centered care to patients with respiratory illness attending Tallaght University Hospital. 

Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Women's Preventative Health

Sinead Cleary
Sinéad Cleary, cANP, RNP, RM, RGN
Sinéad works in the Women’s Preventative Health Unit at Tallaght University Hospital in collaboration with the Gynae team to deliver quality women centred care, the aim of which is to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Adult Emergency Department
ED Group pic ANP
Anthony Kearney Msc, RANP, RNP, RN
Antoinette McIntyre Msc, ANPc, RN
Barry McBrien Msc, RANP, RNP, RN
Louise Lynam Msc, RANP, RNP, RN
Michele Hogan Msc, RANP, RNP, RN
Cian O'Bradaigh RGN, ANPc
Sarah O'Dwyer RGN, ANPc
Anthony, Antoinette, Barry, Louise, Michele, Cian and Sarah currently work as registered and Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioners in the Adult Emergency Department(ED) of TUH.  These Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners work independently with the ED Team to provide quality patient-centered care with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients attending the Adult ED.  In addition to this role, Barry is also an Assistant Professor in Advanced Practice in Nursing at Trinity College Dublin.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Dermatology

Carmel Blake, ANP Dermatology
Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Dermatology
Carmel Blake
Carmel Blake (RANP, RNP, RGN, RSCN)
Carmel works autonomously in collaboration with the dermatology team to deliver quality patient centred care, with the aim of improving the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients attending with dermatology problems
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Epilepsy
Advanced Nurse Practitioner Epilepsy
Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Epilepsy
Denise Cunningham, RANP, RNP, RGN
Denise works for the National Clinical Care programme in Epilepsy . She works in both Tallaght University Hospital and St James's Hospital. Denise also provides an Epilepsy Outreach clinic in Cheeverstown House for adults who have Epilepsy and an Intellectual Disability.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Cardiology
Shirley Ingram Niamh Kelly, ANPs Cardiology
Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Cardiology
Shirley Ingram RGN, NFECS, MSc RNP
Sinead Teehan RGN, ANP, RNP
Rita Kinsella RGN, RNP
The team provide an advanced nurse led chest pain assessment service to patients who present to TUH Emergency Department with chest pain or who are referred by the GP to the Integrated Community Chest Pain Clinic.  They work autonomously in collaboration with two clinical nurse specialists', Emergency & Cardiology Department Teams and GPs to deliver evidence based quality patient-centred care.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Acute Medicine
Philomena McAuley
Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Acute Medicine
Philomena McAuley, cANP, RNP, RGN
Philomena works in collaboration with the Acute Medicine multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality patient-centred care to people presenting to the Acute Medical Assessment Unit with acute medical illnesses.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - HSE LIaison
Jacqueline Sexton
Register Advanced Nurse Practitioner HSE Liasion
Jacqueline Sexton, RNP, RPN
Jacqueline works autonomously in collaboration with treating teams within TUH to deliver specialist assessment and treatment of behavioural and psychiatric symptoms associated with dementia, as well as new onset or existing psychiatric illnesses to patients over the age of 65 years during their medical admission. She is also the link in the transition of psychiatric continuity of care once the patient is discharged home or transferred to a nursing home. 
Advanced Nurse Practitioners - Rheumatology
Rheumatology ANPs
Rheumatology ANP team
Stephanie Naramore CANP
Patricia O’Neill CANP
Rachel Kenny CANP (Naas General Hospital )
There are three candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioners working in Rheumatology in Tallaght University Hospital.  All candidates are at various stages of completing their masters of science in advanced practice.  The rheumatology service is largely out patient based.  The candidates review return patients to the clinic and escalate or deescalate treatment as required.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Endoscopy

Raj Manoharan  RGN, ANPc

Endoscopy nurse since 2017 to 2019 at TUH.  Started cANP Sep 2019- TUH- Gastroenterology

Qualified Nursing in India on Operation Room Techniques 1999

Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Haemagoloy

Liz O'Connell RANP Haematology, RNP, MSc Nursing(Advanced Practice), Post Graduate Diploma Haematology Nursing, Higher Diploma Oncology Nursing, RGN.

Liz has worked in various nursing roles in the Haematology department in Tallaght University Hospital for over 20 years. She works in collaboration with both the Haematology and multidisciplinary teams to deliver quality patient-centred care.’

Helen Strapp
Advanced Nurse Practitioner - Tissue Vibility
Helen Strapp RANP, RNP, RGN, RSCN, Dip Wound Healing & Tissue Repair, MSc in Nursing
Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
The RANP Tissue Viability provides expert advice and support, professional leadership and strategic direction to the clinical team in wound management and informs national policy development. The RANP assesses, diagnoses and manages a wide range of wounds both acute and chronic. She is responsible for managing a Nurse led wound management clinic that treats on average 4,700 out patients a year.

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Oonagh Crean
Candidate ANP, RGN, H.Dip, Msc
Oonagh works in the Urology Outpatient Department and sees male patients that have lower urinary tract symptoms. Her background is in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, she has worked as a clinical nurse specialist and a clinical nurse manager. She has been working in a neuro-urology out-patient Department for the last ten years.
Lynn Casey, RANP, RNP, RGN Msc (Advanced Nursing Practice)
Lynn Casey
RANP, RNP, RGN Msc (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)
In August 2020, Lynn took up post as ANP Urology in Tallaght University Hospital Urology Outpatient Department to develop and manage a clinic for male patients with lower urinary tract symptoms. Subsequently Lynn transferred and now manages patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and prostate cancer.

Nursing Career Prospectus TUH

Nursing Career Prospectus

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals with adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has over 3,000 staff with over 50 different nationalities represented on the TUH team making it an exciting and dynamic place to work.

TUH is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also the national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in Ireland and a designated trauma centre.  The Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin with exciting plans to enhance patient care. The Hospital is a firm believer in investing in their team and offering excellent education and research opportunities. From a teaching perspective it specialises in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health & social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties, and provides a focus for a massively-growing, urbanised area with a predominantly young population. In order to meet increased and more complex demands we are expanding horizontally and vertically off-site becoming a ‘Hospital without walls’. As a result of these ambitious developments there are wide number of opportunities for existing and future members of staff.

Nursing Career Prospectus LINK


Description of Department/Service

The Nursing Service provided at the Tallaght University Hospital aims to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the Hospital. It promotes, protects and improves health by providing a caring and holistic approach based on knowledge and skills in partnership with patients and their families and other healthcare professionals.

Professionally, nursing functions interdependently with other health care providers, all of whom share the goals of prevention of disease and disability, care of the ill, promotion and maintenance of optional health of individuals and groups and the achievement of a dignified death.

An integrated structure is provided which is conducive to the provision of high quality nursing care as well as the opportunity for the professional growth and development of each individual nurse. This is achieved through the effective use of resources and equity access to, and participation in, education and research programmes. In addition there is a continued development of our nursing roles and services.

Concurrently demands on the nursing service have continued to increase and other demands such as the Health Strategy, increases in our population and a rapidly changing healthcare service have prompted the need for a more diverse service delivery. With increased demands nursing at Tallaght University Hospital have responded by diversifying to meet the challenges of these demands and the needs of our patients. We recognised that we need to continue to respond to these opportunities and challenges.

History of the Tallaght University Hospital Nursing Service
Tallaght Hospital opened on Sunday June 21st 1998 following an amalgamation of the Adelaide and Meath hospitals and incorporating the National Children’s Hospital. The nursing services philosophy is to provide a nursing service which will meet the individual healthcare needs of patients and deliver the highest quality of patient care in order to improve both clinical outcomes and quality of life. Read more…

Education & Professional Development
The further education and professional development of our nursing staff is very important to the Tallaght University Hospital nursing service and is encouraged and supported.  We are a teaching hospital linked to TCD providing a clinical learning environment for nurses and have developed links with the Institute of Technology Tallaght. We have a Centre for Learning and Development (CLD). Read more…

All in all the Tallaght University Hospital Nursing service continues to be at the forefront of nursing development in the 21st Century.

As we go forward we will continue to strive to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. In addition we will continue to facilitate and provide a clinical learning environment for nurses and students in order to support the attainment of knowledge and skills and in turn provide an evidence based quality nursing service to our patients.

As evident from the history of our nursing service, from 1859 to the present day, we are born out of a tradition of nursing excellence in the delivery of nursing care which keeps the patient at the centre of all of our endeavours. We will, in the future, in all of our endeavours, developments and activities continue with this tradition.

Annual Nursing Conference
The Nursing Service provided at Tallaght University Hospital aims to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. It promotes, protects and improves health by providing a caring and holistic approach based on knowledge and skills in partnership with patients and their families and other healthcare professionals.

Education & Research


The further education of our nursing staff is very important to the Tallaght University Hospital nursing service and is encouraged and supported. We are a teaching hospital linked to TCD providing a clinical learning environment for nurses and have developed links with the Institute of Technology Tallaght.


The Tallaght University Hospital Nursing Service continues to be at the forefront of nursing development in the 21st Century. As we go forward we continue to strive to create, maintain and continuously develop a centre of excellence for Nursing in the hospital. As a result we are involved in and support research activities.

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

National Nursing Home Programme for Candidate Nurse Clinical Adaptation & Assessment

Practicing as a Nurse in Ireland
In order to practice as a Nurse in Ireland you must be registered with the Nursing Board of Ireland (NMBI). Nurses who have trained outside of the EU & EEA or trained before the training country acceded to the EU may be required to complete a Clinical Adaptation & Assessment or an Aptitude test. This decision is made by the NMBI.  Further information about application to NMBI for overseas nurses is available through this link

Clinical Adaptation & Assessment
Clinical Adaption & Assessment has to be undertaken in a hospital approved by the NMBI. As Nursing Homes cannot provide Clinical Adaptation & Assessment programmes Tallaght University Hospital co-ordinates a Clinical Adaptation Programme for these nurses. This is done in collaboration with the Nursing & Midwifery Practice Development Unit (NMPDU) of the Health Service Executive (HSE) and uses a hub & spoke model. The Nurse Adaptation Department in Tallaght University Hospital administers the programme and provides an induction programme. They also liaise with and support the Hospitals where clinical placement is undertaken.

How can nurses apply for a Clinical Adaptation placement on the Nursing Home Programme?
When you have received your decision letter from NMBI you can start the process. You apply to a nursing home for a position as a Registered Nurse informing them you have a decision letter from NMBI and need to be assessed for registration. If you are successful in gaining a contract with the Nursing Home they then sponsor you to undertake adaptation and assessment. The Nursing Home pay you while you undertake the programme and pay the course fee €1,000 (2017).

Your employer must then apply to to request a place on the programme. The email should include the name of the Nursing Home and the employers full contact details. They MUST attach a scanned copy of your ‘Decision Letter’ which is valid for 12 months from its date of issue. If your decision letter is close to expiry you should contact us to discuss this. They should also identify your clinical site preference.

Your employer will then be sent the necessary letter for you to apply to the NMBI for a Candidate Registration Certificate and if required an Atypical Work Permit (AWP). They will also receive step by step instructions regarding the entry criteria for the programme. You are required to have current Basic Life Support and Manual Handling certificates, an occupational health pre-employment assessment that has been undertaken in Ireland and appropriate entry and work visas. Full information regarding these requirements are in the employer’s information pack.

The programme framework
The programme takes a minimum of seven weeks, this can be extended to a total of 12 weeks if required. It comprises of one week orientation and induction followed by a minimum of six weeks clinical placement within an acute, general inpatient, setting. Clinical Placements are listed below.

The programme aims to provide overseas nurses with a comprehensive orientation and induction followed by assessment of competence in a supportive clinical environment.

Programme Content and Course Material
The induction aims to provide an insight into Nursing and Living in Ireland. It covers three broad categories of information to help you adapt to the science and culture of nursing in Ireland; Professional & Ethical Behaviours, Core clinical skills and Social & Cultural Knowledge.

A blended learning approach is used. Candidates attending classes and undertake E learning modules. Areas covered on the induction are:


  • Nurses Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics
  • Trust in Care
  • Dignity at work
  • Health Care in Ireland
  • Policies


  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Respiratory Care
  • End of Life Care
  • Continence Management
  • Pain Management in the Elderly
  • Tissue Viability
  • Early Warning Score
  • Speech and Language
  • Sepsis
  • Falls
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Medication Safety
  • Diabetes Management
  • Stroke Overview
  • Transfusion Safety

Social Cultural

  • Geography
  • History
  • Location
  • Language, dialect and colloquialisms
  • Travel
  • Sport
  • Entertainment, Museums & Galleries
  • Economy
  • Food

Clinical Placement
When possible you will be allocated to the clinical site that is most convenient for you. There will be a clinical facilitator to guide and support you, the clinical nurse manager (CNM) and your preceptor through the adaptation and assessment process. You will be orientated to the hospital and its procedures. Preceptors will be allocated to support and assess you using the NMBI Competence Assessment tool. You will be expected to progress from a position of high direction-high support to low direction-low support. By the time of your final assessment you will be expected to demonstrate that you can manage and deliver the care to a specific group of patients. You will be working in a supernumerary capacity and will be supervised at all times by a registered nurse.

Dates for 2017/2018
Monday October 2nd 2017
Monday April 9th 2018
Monday June 11th 2018

Clinical placement Sites

Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Eccles St, Dublin.

Saolta Hospital Group: The Clinical Facilitator for Saolta is based in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. Therefore this is used as the primary site for adaptation. However use of the other hospitals in the group will be considered.

The Hospitals in the group are: Portiuncula University Hospital, Galway University Hospitals (includes Merlin Park Hospital) Letterkenny University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital,

For further information

 Ph  01 414 2094 or 01 414 2000 Email for all adaptation related enquiries

Assistant Director of Nursing5 (ADON): Carrie McLean E.

Administrative Assistant: David McCabe E.


The Nursing Portfolio at the Hospital delivers and provides a caring holistic nursing service based on knowledge and skills in partnership with other healthcare professionals, patients and their families.

The nursing service in Tallaght responds to service demands while retaining the highest possible standard of care for our patients.

In line with this the nursing service is involved in numerous activities, including research, which produces publications.

Workforce Planning Reports

Tallaght University Hospital & Beaumont Nurse Service Workforce Planning Project 2006/2007

As workforce planning is a key part of the Health Service Reforms Programme the report details a project undertaken by the Nursing Services of Tallaght University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital Dublin in relation to workforce planning in 2006/2007. 

The report emanates from significant discussions and debates regarding the appropriate development and utilisation of the heath care staff in order to deliver the best standard of care for the patients within their services. A review of the literature on work force planning was conducted. Measurement of four specific components of care provision were recorded; patient dependency, activity analysis, quality of service delivery and current staffing complements during a one month period in 2006.

Workforce Planning Report 2007

Additional Publications

Celebrating 400 Years of Nursing Care

2009 was a significant year for the nursing portfolio in Tallaght University Hospital as they were in the unique position of celebrating 400 years of nursing care across their three base hospitals (Adelaide, Meath & National Children’s Hospital). It is considered that the nursing service and in turn the delivery of nursing care within the three base hospitals commenced with the concept that nurses who care for patients need to be appropriately trained and with the inception of training for nurses. Therefore although the Adelaide hospital was opened in 1839, the Meath in 1753 and the National Children’s Hospital in 1821 their nursing services were considered to have commenced in: Adelaide hospital in 1859, Meath Hospital in 1884, National Children’s Hospital in 1884.

The Nursing 400 celebrations aimed to acknowledge the contributions of all their nurses, both past and present who have provided quality care to many thousands of people over the years.  Four days of celebrations were held from Monday 25th May to Thursday 28th May 2009. The themes for the celebrations were: The Past, The Present and the Future of Nursing in AMNCH. A commemorative booklet “Nursing 400: Celebrating 400 Years of Nursing Care” was available for attendees and a special addition of the Tallaght Hospital newsletter ‘Le Chéile’ with many highlights of the four day celebration was produced in July 2009.