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Nursing Practice Development

The Nursing Practice Development team facilitates and guides both pre-registered nursing students and post-registration nurses, in their endeavour to learn and improve their practice. The department focuses on developing and supporting staff with evidence-based practice standards to continuously improve patient centred care.

Undergraduate nursing programmes

As a large level 4 academic teaching hospital, we provide excellent clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students. These include General Nursing, the combined Children’s & General Nursing and Mental Health Nursing programmes. Student nurses gain a variety of clinical experiences in acute adult nursing, as part of an integrated programme within St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group, in collaboration with University College Dublin. An experienced team of clinical placement coordinators support the students on site and help clinical staff to provide a positive learning environment and culture of continuous education.

Practice support

New nursing staff, graduates and healthcare assistants starting in the hospital are provided with a dedicated orientation, followed by a variety of supportive induction programmes. Innovative practice support programmes are also provided for nursing candidates undertaking Overseas Adaptation, and general nurses Upskilling to Practice in the Acute Hospital Setting.

The department is available for frontline staff with clinical queries, and we endeavour to address their learning needs and guide them in the right direction. We have a wealth of up-to-date clinical policies, guidelines and procedures, which are evidence-based and available on all computers hospital-wide. There is full access to a comprehensive healthcare library on site.

There are opportunities for clinical staff to take on fixed term project work and develop an entirely new range of skills.  Current projects include the Careful Nursing Philosophy & Professional Practice Model, Standardised Nursing Languages, Care-planning and Shift Handovers.

Continuous professional development opportunities

The Nursing Practice Development team provides excellent short skills-based courses and ward based learning sessions and support.

For more information on all the programmes provided visit the NEPD Prospectus:

Other useful contact details

Name Role Email Phone
Smita Mathew Assistant Director Nurse Practice Development (01) 221 4795
Colette Farrell CNM3 (01) 221 4394
Elisa Factor CNM2 (01) 221 4411
Joshua Alonzo CNM2 (01) 221 5492
Jissa P. George CNM2 (01) 221 4268
Nimrah Dass CNM2 (01) 221 4268
Riny Simon CNM2 (01) 221 5265
Quality Co-Ordinator for Nursing (01) 221 4394
Patricia Hogan CPC (01) 221 4027
Deirdre Gallagher CPC (01) 221 4874
Mercy Appathurai CPC (01) 221 4838
Brenda Lowry CPC (01) 221 4024
Deirdre Quinn CPC (01) 221 4978
Nicola Boyle CPC (01) 221 5712
Emma O’Callaghan CPC
(01) 221 5345
Mino John CPC (01) 221 4874
Cora Almeda CPC (01) 221 3376
Karen Denver Student Allocations Liaison Officer (01)221 4025
Michelle Butler Student Allocations Liaison Officer (01)221 3377
Sally Staunton CNM3 Deteriorating Patient (01) 221 4251
Resuscitation Training Officer
Lucy O’Connell Resuscitation Training Officer (01)221 4234
Ana Moreno Administration (01)221 4716
Deirdre O’Riordan Mandatory training Administrator (01)221 4484

Useful links


Department Administrator – Ana Moreno
tel:       (01) 221 4716


Opposite Clinical Services Building

St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Elm Park

Dublin 4

Opening Hours

Mon/Fri:            08.00 – 16.00
Tue/Wed/Thu: 08.00 – 16.30