Researchers at UCD

Mary McGrath


School Of Nursing,Midwifery & Health Sys
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166414


Mary McGrath, PhD, RGN, RM, RNT, M.Sc. qualified as a general nurse from the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (1981) and as a midwife from the Coombe Hospital (1983). Having undertaken a certificate of ICU Nursing at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 1984 her clinical work has been mainly in the ICU area. She has worked in ICU units at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, James Connolly Memorial Hospital, and in Australia and Iraq.  Since qualifying as a nurse, a midwife and an ICU nurse she was awarded the following: Diploma in First Line Management from College of Industrial Relations, Ranelagh, Bachelor of Nursing Science from University College Dublin, Masters in Science (Nursing) from Royal College of Nursing, Manchester University, and a PhD (Nursing) from Royal College of Nursing, University of Warwick. She managed and oversaw the setting up of the Clinical Skills Laboratories in the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery & Health Systems when the nursing faculty in UCD moved to the Belfield campus in 2005. She was also the coordinator of the Stage 4 undergraduate BSc (General).  Her current administrative roles include:  coordinator of the Grad Dip in Endoscopy, coordinator of the Grad Diploma in Radiology; module leader on three undergraduate modules and coordinator of the Erasmus nursing  programme for UCD/ University of Seville, Spain.




Research Interests

Nursing Theory and Practice
Reflective Practice
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Cardiovascular Nursing
Clinical Skills
Research Studies Publications and Presentations

McGrath M. (2014) Caring in a technological environment: the experiences of junior ICU nurses. Unpublished thesis, RCN Institute, University Of Warwick.

McGrath M. (2009) Exploring the nature of technology in relation to nurse caring. PSTS Postgraduate Science and Technology Studies Conference.  Institute for Science & Society, University of Nottingham. International multidisciplinary conference. MAY-2009.

McGrath, M. (2008) The challenges of caring in a technological environment: senior critical care nurses¿ experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(8): 1096-1104.

McGrath M.  (2005) Technology and the Experienced Critical Care Nurse. [Oral Presentation], Critical Care Nurses Conference, Old Trafford, Manchester, England, 17-JUN-05.

McGrath M.  (2005) The Technological Environment an 'Alien Environment': The Experienced Critical Care Nurse's Experience. [Oral Presentation], 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies University of Dublin, Trinity College , 03-NOV-05 - 04-NOV-05


McGrath M.  (2005) Caring in a Technological Age. [Oral Presentation], An Bord Altranais National Conference, Cork, Ireland , 23-JUN-05.