Researchers at UCD


Rita Smith


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

Tel: +353 1 7166421




Association: Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing (Roi Chi Chapter) , Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association INCA, Function/Role: Committee Member

Conference Contributions

Smith R. & Furlong E. ; (2004) Curriculum Innovation - Advanced Nursing Practice. [Poster Presentation], Trinity College Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, Dublin , 01-JAN-04.
Smith, R.; (2000) The experience of a group of students undertaking an access programme to a nursing degree. (Masters Thesis). [Oral Presentation], Trinity College, Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, * , 01-JAN-00.


Committee : Post Graduate Modularisation Group
Committee : Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum Development Group
Committee : Director of Nursing Partner Hospital Liaison Group
Committee : Health Promotion Committee St Vincent¿s University Hospital

Other Activities

Key player in the maintenance of critical service partnerships with partner hospitals
Clinical assessment duties on the MSc (Advanced Nursing Practice) programmes allow for role modelling and provide visibility in the clinical area.
External Examiner 2003-2007 University of Dublin Trinity College Specialist Postgraduate Nursing Programmes School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies
Journal Referee - Journal of Clinical Nursing, August 2005 - present



Peer Reviewed Journals

Casey D., Burke E., Houghton C., Mee L., Smith R., Van Der Putten D., Nradley H., & Folan M.; (2011) 'Use of peer assessment as a student engagement strategy in nurse education'. Nursing and Health Sciences, . Available Online [Details]
Furlong, E; Smith, R; ; (2005) 'Advanced nursing practice: Policy, education and role development'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14 (9):1059-1066. [Details]

Conference Publications

Smith R; (2008) Women's Experiences of Acute Coronoary Syndrome - A Case Study Thinking Qualitatively 2008 Alberta, Canada, [Details]


Research Interests

Doctoral Research: I am a graduate research student (PhD) in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.

The topic for this research study is ‘Women's experience of acute coronary syndromes'. The proposed study aims to explore the recovery experience of women following an acute coronary syndrome. There is a need to address the deficits in research regarding women's recovery in coronary heart disease. The impact of the illness, the process of coping and adjustment to the necessary behaviour modification and lifestyle changes requires investigation.

This research will focus on women with an acute coronary syndrome. The bulk of my nursing experience is in the area of cardiovascular care delivery. I believe my nursing experience will contribute greatly to the completion of this research.

I have gained ethical approval and I am currently in the data collectuon phase of the study.