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Dr Sara Kennedy is Head of Department of Nursing and Health Care. Sara's research background is in student empowerment and socialisation in clinical environment. Sara has also an interest in leadership and management and provision of care to marginalised groups.

Sara is a General and Children's nurse with many years clinical experience in children's nursing. During her time as a lecturer Sara has developed several programmes in Management and Leadership, Summer School Programmes and an International MSc. Sara collaborates with a variety of international partners on research and education both in Europe and America.

Sara's PhD was completed in 2015 and is titled "An exploration of empowerment of final year Nursing Students while on Clinical Placement using Social Domani Theory"


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Empowerment of Nursing Students in Clinical Practice, University of Salford

30 Sep 201031 Dec 2016

Award Date: 08 Dec 2016

Masters Degree, Masters in Advancing Healthcare , University of Manchester

30 Sep 200730 Jun 2010

Award Date: 01 Jul 2010

Bachelors Degree, Trinity College Dublin

30 Sep 199830 Jun 2000

Award Date: 09 Jun 2000

External positions

Clinical Placement Co-Ordinator, University Hospital Waterford


Staff Nurse, Wexford General Hospital


Staff Nurse, University Hospital Waterford


Registered Children's Nurse (RCN), James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Dublin


Registered Nurse (RGN), Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children



  • L Education (General)
  • Q Science (General)
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • H Social Sciences (General)


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