An Cul Doras (The Back Door)

In this pilot programme of six podcasts John McDonald interviews well known nursing, midwifery and healthcare leaders on ‘leadership in a changing healthcare environment’ . Funded by the National Digital Learning Repository (NDLR) through the Department of Teaching and Learning in Dundalk Institute of Technology, An Cul Doras reflects on the leadership needed in Healthcare for the future.

With dramatic advances and alterations affecting the provision of healthcare, some caused by medical/technological advances and others by social and political changes in Irish Society, our Health Service faces considerable challenges in leadership. These challenges are now all the greater in a serious economic down turn. This timely programme aims to stimulate a wide, inclusive and continuing conversation on the kind of healthcare leadership needed to build for the future and to effect change.

Each podcast consists of a structured interview with a leader from differing fields in nursing, midwifery and healthcare, recorded at their place of work In three an invited audience of student nurses discussed aspects of the conversation they has just heard moderated by Iain Hovelt. The rationale behind this format was to engage student nurses in a discussion of healthcare leadership for the tomorrow they would inherit and in which all would live, most would work, but some lead.

Programme 6

Programme 6

Seamus Murphy, Deputy General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) discusses the challenges facing nursing leaders in an ever-changing healthcare environment with John McDonald.

Programme 5

Programme 5

A conversation with Pauline Traynor, Secretary/General Manager of the Rotunda Hospital about leadership in midwifery, and management, followed by a discussion with two midwifery lecturers on midwifery.John McDonald is the interviewer.

Programme 4

Programme 4

An interview with Theresa McCluskey, Director of Nursing in the Hermitage Medical Centre, Dublin on the role of a nursing practice leader followed by a question and answer session with Ann Cleary, Strategic Planner in DKIT on the nature of change from an organisational and leadership perspective.

Programme 3

Programme 3

A conversation with Sr Ursula Sharpe of the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) and John McDonald on leadership from an international nursing perspective, followed by a discussion with Mark Cunningham on leadership experiences in a DkIT/African nursing summer project.

Programme 2

Programme 2

Tom Kearns, Education Officer with An Bord Altranais discusses his views of leadership in the profession of nursing from John McDonald followed by a student discussion chaired by Iain Hovelt on key issues of nursing leadership in education. Iain Hovelt is a Law & Ethics lecturer in DKIT.

Programme 1

Programme 1

Cathal McAuliffe, Clinical Director/ Principal Specialist Clinical Neuropsychologist, Redwood Stamullen, Co Meathanswers questions on leadership from John McDonald followed by a student discussion chaired by Iain Hovelt

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