I began my mental health nursing career in 1984 at St Brigids’ Hospital Ballinasloe. I completed a BA in History and Sociology at National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).
Following registration as a Mental Health Nurse, I nursed for one year at St Patrick s’ Hospital Dublin and I taught Sociology to student nurses there. That experience began my life long interest in training and education, which I have continued to pursue.
I subsequently joined the former Midland Health Board as a nurse in the community mental health services in Athlone in 1991.
I completed a Diploma in Counselling with The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI). I later completed a Diploma in Social Care in Mental Health with NUIG. I was always interested in working with older people so i decided to do a Diploma in Nursing care of the Elderly with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). I also completed an Age Equality Trainers programme with Age & Opportunity Ireland .
I moved into education and nursing development in 2002 within the area of mental health with the HSE and have worked in this area since. I qualified as a Certified Life Coach in 2007 with Achievement Specialists.
I completed a Masters of Science in Healthcare Management with the RCSI in 2010. I did a Mindfulness course in 2013 and have integrated this practice into my own work and daily life. I completed a Diploma in Leadership and Quality in Healthcare with the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) in 2016.
My long career in nursing, ongoing education and life experience has taught me the importance of taking more control of my own health and making wise life choices. I am mindful of the fundamental link between mind, body and emotional/spiritual health and that we must care for all parts to be happy fulfilled people.