Director of Nursing, Ms Sandra McCarthy.
A new Director of Nursing with 20 years' experience has been appointed at Portlaoise Hospital.
Ms Sandra McCarthy has taken on the role at The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. She has previously held the positions of Clinical Placement Co-Ordinator, Education Co-Ordinator and Head of Learning and Development in Tallaght hospital.
A native of Nurney in Co Kildare, Sandra is a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Nurse Tutor with extensive clinical, educational and managerial experience.
She completed her Nurse Training in The Meath Hospital, Dublin and transferred to Tallaght University Hospital upon its opening in 1998.
In recent years, Sandra was a member of the Senior Nursing Executive team and Senior Human Resources Management team in Tallaght University Hospital.
Her professional portfolio includes an Honours Degree in Nursing from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Nursing and a postgraduate qualification in Health Care Education from UCD.
Sandra is an experienced health care provider with in-depth knowledge of operations, administrative and financial management.
She has 20 years’ experience of effectively delivering in the health arena, including direct and indirect patient care, graduate and postgraduate education.
Sandra project led a number of innovative educational initiatives both locally & nationally. Sandra is a curriculum development advisor for a variety of local and national educational programmes.
She was chairperson of the Registration committee with The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and recently project led the renaming of Tallaght University Hospital (TUH).
Sandra’s areas of interest are improving the delivery of safe, effective, quality care to patients and the professional development of health care staff.
She is a keen advocate of developing Nursing Leadership and advancing Nursing roles in the development of holistic and integrated care.
Ms Eileen Whelan is the Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifey at the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.
“On behalf of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, we are delighted to welcome Sandra to Portlaoise Hospital.
"Sandra brings a wealth of experience in nurse education and development and has a proven track record developing nursing leadership in the advancement of the nursing role.
"The Group is committed to supporting and developing nursing and midwifery care and looks forward to working with Sandra and all the team in Portlaoise Hospital to continue the delivery of safe, effective and high quality care to our patients," she said.
Mr Michael Knowles is Hospital Manager at Portlaoise Hospital.
“We are delighted to welcome Sandra McCarthy to Portlaoise Hospital. It is important that the hospital attracts and retains the highest quality clinical and nursing professionals and Sandra is a welcomed addition to our management team," he said.
Sandra said she intends on building on the excellent work in the hospital.
“I am delighted to commence as Director of Nursing in the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. I will continue to develop the professional Nursing services in Portlaoise Hospital and build on the excellent work which has occurred over the previous years.
"Developing and strengthening Nursing and Nursing standards will ensure that quality, safe and effective care is delivered to all patients. I look forward to working with and getting to know both the staff and the community in Portlaoise and the surrounding region," she said.