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Dr. Fintan Sheerin

Associate Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)
DOLIER STREET - SCHOOL OF NURSING

Head of School (School Office - Nursing & Midwifery)


Dr. Sheerin is a registered General and Intellectual Disability nurse, with extensive experience of nursing across a number of fields of practice. He was a recipient of an All-Ireland Nursing Research Fellowship in 1999, under which he undertook his PhD. His research largely focused on mental well-being and sought to address issues which impact such well-being. His contribution to society is significant and has seen him lead the development of a national group focused on the human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities in Ireland, bringing together many local and national groups as well as individuals with/without intellectual disabilities. He has also been a contributor on such issues to print and visual media. He is an affiliated academic of Trinity College Dublin Centre for Global Health and has led health teams, both in a voluntary capacity and as part of his civic engagement role, to refugee camps across Europe (Calais and Lesbos). Caring is core to his values. Over the years, whether in healthcare, social action in refugee camps, community development in Malawi, building inclusion in Drogheda or academia, he has come to believe in the importance of human engagement. He has learned that if the relational work is not done, then the other work is much more difficult. So, he spends time building relationships and instilling a culture of inclusion and community. This was how he approached his current role as Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. He served as a College Tutor for 15 years. He has undertaken many Senior Leadership roles. He was been on TCD Board for 4 years, and was chair of the Equality Committee. An Equality Fund project, undertaken by him and his colleague, Gillian Wylie, set the groundwork for Trinity College's designation as a University of Sanctuary (UOS). He was co-chair of the UOS Group. Alongside that, he also engaged with the Trinity Inclusive Curriculum project, Athena SWAN and the Global Incident Response Steering Committee. Finally, he led the Irish Universities Association Heads of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery at the height of the pandemic, advocating for students at departmental, regulatory body and health service levels. Dr. Sheerin is currently Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery (2020-2023). He was Head of Intellectual Disability Nursing from 2018-2020, and has previously been Director of PG Teaching and Learning in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and was Acting Director of the former National Institute for Intellectual Disability. He was a non-executive director of Sunbeam House Services Ltd. in Bray from 2015-2016. His contribution to profession and education has seen him taking on external examiner roles in nursing and social care programmes at Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and University of Leeds. He is currently external examiner at the University of West London. He has coordinated modules and courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and has extensive experience supervising students at master and doctoral levels. He holds the position of Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, UCD. He is a member of the Executive of the European Federation of Nurse Educators (FINE), a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences, NANDA-International, and the Royal Astronomical Society, as well as being a Member of the Royal Society of Biology.
  Assistive Technology (Handicapped)   Equality rights   Handicapped Device Development   Health Disparities   Health of Underserved Populations   Human rights   INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES   Intellectual Disability   Learning disabilities   MENTAL HEALTH   Minorities and Disadvantaged   Women and disability
 Survey of education programmes undertaken by healthcare staff in HSE and Section 38 Residential Care Facilities as it relates to the recommendations of the Nursing Home Expert Panel Report
 Shared Identities and Traditions of Young People with Intellectual Disabilities on the Island of Ireland.
 Evaluation of Personalised Budgets demonstration projects in Ireland
 Staff mental health during provision of care to people with intellectual disability during the COVID-19 pandemic
 Technological application for sensory regulation of children with ASD in different natural contexts

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Member of the Executive of the European Federation of Nurse Educators 2021
Chair of the Irish University Association Heads of Schools/Departments of Nursing Group 2020
Member of the Steering Committee of Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland 2019
Head of the Discipline of Intellectual Disability Nursing 2020
President of ACENDIO 2015-2019
Editor in Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities 2020
Member of Expert Clinical Advisory Panel of NANDA-I (Intellectual Disability) 2015-date
Member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities. 2016-date
Director on the Board of Sunbeam House Services 2015-2016
Vice President of the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes 2011-2015
Secretary of the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes 2009
Editor of the International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 2009
Member of the Advisory Policy Committee of STTI Honor Society of Nursing. 2008-2009
Member of the Editorial Board of Spiritan Horizons - Journal of the Center for Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. 2008 to date
Secretariat to the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes (ACENDIO). 2007-2013
Member of the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland Nursing Steering Group. 2003-2008
Member of ACENDIO Scientific Committee. 2006-2007
Co-Chair of ACENDIO Ireland/UK. 2005-2007
Board Member of ACENDIO. 1999-2007
Chairman of Publications Committee of ACENDIO. 2001-2007
Advisor on spinal nursing to the Dublin Area Teaching Hospitals safe handling group. 2004-2006
Irish Representative UK/Ireland Spinal Cord Injury Multi-Professional Educators Group 2001-2006
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Dublin Society 2010
Failte Ireland Conference Ambassador 2011-2013
Member of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities 2006
Learning/Intellectual Disability Nursing Academic Network 2010
Member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities 2006
Member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association 2008
Member of the Steering Group for the Implementation of Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland 2019
Member of the Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland Education Sub Committee 2019
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Member of the Royal Society of Biology October 2017 date
ACENDIO 1997 date
NANDA International 2004 date
British Institute of Learning Disabilities 2006 date
National Network for Learning Disability Nurses (UK). 2006 date
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing - Alpha Chi and Upsilon Xi Chapters 2004 2009
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities 2006 2022
University of Ulster Developmental Disabilities Research Interest Group 2000 2007
Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association 2008 2009
Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing. 2006 2008
UK-Ireland Spinal Cord Injury Multi-Professional Educators Group 2001 2007
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society 2006 date
Member of the Learning/Intellectual Disability Nursing Academic Network 2010 2022
Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in the Intellectual Disability, General and Nurse Tutor divisions 1988 2022
Sheerin, F., Allen, A.P., Fallon, M., McCallion, P., McCarron, M., Mulryan, N., Chen, Y., Staff Mental Health while Providing Care to People with Intellectual Disability during the Covid-19 Pandemic, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Kirwan, R., Sheerin, F., McGlinchey, E., McCallion, P. & McCarron, M., Functional loss in older adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia, Learning Disability Practice, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Psychopathology in Older Age in, editor(s)Vee P. Prasher, Philip W. Davidson, Flavia H. Santos , Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Ageing Process, Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2021, pp31 - 44, [Mulryan, N., Ambikapathy, A., Tyrrell, J. and Sheerin, F.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Responding to Changing Workforce Realities: One Profession's Experience in, editor(s)Putnam, & C. Bigby (Eds.), , Handbook on Ageing with Disability, London, Taylor & Francis, 2021, [Sheerin, F., McCallion, P. & McCarron, M. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Distributed Leadership Practices and Interventions in Intellectual Disability Services in, editor(s)Curtis, E.A., Beirne, M., Cullen, J.G., Northway, R. and Corrigan, S. , Distributed Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare, London, Open University Press, 2021, pp69 - 75, [Sheerin, F.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Alvarez, P., O'Reilly, F., Sheerin, F., Fleming, S., ,McCann, E., Foden, E. and Mulryan, N., Transforming technology to improve the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 6th IASSID Europe Congress Value Diversity, Amsterdam/Online, 6-8 July 2021, 34, IASSID, 2021, pp1273 - 1273, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sheerin, F., Eustace-Cook, J., Wuytack, F., Doyle, C., Medication Management in Intellectual Disability Settings: A Systematic Review, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 25, (3), 2021, p242 - 276, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Higgins, A. Downes, C., Murphy, R., Begley, T., McCann, E., Sheerin, F., Smyth, S., DeVries, J. & Doyle, L., LGBT+ young people's perceptions of barriers to accessing mental health services in Ireland., Journal of Nursing Management, 29, (1), 2021, p59 - 67, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCarron, M., Allen, A., McCausland, D., Haigh, M., Luus, R., Bavussantakath, F.R., Sheerin, F., Mulryan, N., Burke, E., McGlinchey, E., Flannery, F. & McCallion, P., The impact of COVID-19 on people ageing with an intellectual disability in Ireland: Protocol for a follow-up survey., HRB Open Research, 4, (95), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCarron, M., McCausland, D., Luus, R., Allen, A., Sheerin, F., Burke, E., McGlinchey, E., Flannery, F. & McCallion, P., The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on older adults with an intellectual disability during the first wave of the pandemic in Ireland, HRB Open Research, 4, (93), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
  

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Sheerin, F., Protecting the status of nursing education during the Covid crisis: reflections from Ireland, Learning from COVID experience: The perspective from Nursing education in Europe, Online, 26 March, 2021, European Federation of Educators in Nursing Science, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Darren McCausland, Andrew P. Allen, Margaret Haigh, Fintan Sheerin, Eilish Burke, Eimear McGlinchey, Fidelma Flannery, Niamh Mulryan, Philip McCallion and Mary McCarron, Overcoming Adversity: The Continuing Impact of COVID-19 on People Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland. Findings from the Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) COVID-19 Sub-Study, Trinity College Dublin, December, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
Fintan Sheerin, Looking Forward, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 2020, p3 - 4, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McCarron, M., McCausland, D., Allen, A.P., Luus, R., Sheerin, F., Burke, E., McGlinchey, E., Flannery, F., & McCallion, P., THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 on People Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland 2020 - Evidence from Wave 4 of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA), Dublin, December, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
McCarron, Mary; McCausland, Darren; Allen, Andrew; Luus, Retha; Sheerin, Fintan; Burke, Eilish; McGlinchey, Eimear; Flannery, Fidelma; McCallion, Philip, The impact of COVID-19 on people ageing with an intellectual disability in Ireland, Dublin, December, 2020, Report, PUBLISHED
Fintan Sheerin, Carmel Doyle, Jessica Eustace-Cook, Francesca Wuytack, 'A systematic literature review of medicines management in intellectual disability services.', PROSPERO , 2018, -, Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Relationships and Sexuality in, editor(s)Keenan PM, Doyle C& Maguire OP , Special Olympics Ireland Tutor Training Manual - Intellectual Disability Education Modules, Dublin, Special Olympics Ireland, 2017, [Sheerin, F.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Sheerin, F., Engagement for Teaching and Health Care, Conference of Associate and Student Teachers, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada., 27 January, 2017, Bishop's University and CAST, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Mary McCarron, Philip McCallion, Rachael Carroll, Eilish Burke, Eimear McGlinchey, Mary-Ann O'Donovan, Darren McCausland, Fintan Sheerin, Maire O'Dwyer, Sinead Foran, Caoimhin MacGiolla Phadraig, Niamh Mulryan, Juliette O'Connell and Judy Ryan., Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion: Ageing with an Intellectual Disability in Ireland Evidence from the First Ten Years of The Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (IDS-TILDA) Wave 3 IDS-TILDA, Trinity College Dublin, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
Learning the art of delegation in, editor(s)Lipley, N. , RCNi Career Guide 2017: For Nursing Students and Newly Registered Nurses, Harrow on the Hill, RCNi, 2016, [Curtis, E. and Sheerin, F.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Gold Medal for Singing in Advanced Grade Recital - Royal Irish Academy of Music 21st January 2021
Gold Medal for Singing in Intermediate Grade Recital - Royal Irish Academy of Music 3rd March 2019
Honorary Life Membership of ACENDIO 19th March 2021
Elected Fellow of NANDA-International May 2016
Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science 2012
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Research Grant 2009
Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society 2006
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Nursing Research Bursary 2002
All Ireland Nursing Research Fellowship 1999
Dr. Sheerin's principal areas of research relate to the health, well-being and rights of people of human diversity within both Irish and global health context. He has worked on the two most recent Irish studies into LGBTI issues (Visible Lives and LGBTIreland). He is also interested in professional development and was co-PI on the HSE-funded project, Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland as well as the SCAPE study into specialist and advanced nursing/midwifery practice.