Award success for QMU nursing duo

By Press Office

Two students from QMU’s Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences programme have been awarded top prizes at the annual QMU Doctoral Students Conference.

The student-led conference provides a platform for doctoral and masters students at QMU to share their research with academic staff and showcase the wide range of research being undertaken across all disciplines.

Dr Kath MacDonald, who is a staff member within QMU’s Division of Nursing, graduated from QMU’s Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Sciences programme in summer 2014. She was awarded first prize for her presentation: ‘Trust, transition and choosing your battles: an exploration of partnership between young expert patients with cystic fibrosis and the healthcare team, which explored how young “expert patients” of cystic fibrosis perceive partnership and negotiate care with the healthcare team. Expert patients are people who have the confidence, skills information and knowledge to play a central role in the management of life with chronic disease.

Dr MacDonald is now taking her research presentation to the European Cystic fibrosis Conference in Brussels later this year. Dr MacDonald was also awarded a prize for the best presentation at this year’s UK Cystic Fibrosis specialist nurses’ conference.

Yvonne Greig, a first year student on the programme, and practising midwife, was awarded second prize for her presentation: ‘What are the educational needs of midwives when caring for and counselling obese pregnant women’, which covered maternal health.

Commenting on Kath and Yonne’s award success, Margaret Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Nursing at QMU, said: “We’re really proud of Kath and Yvonne’s achievements at QMU’s recent Doctoral Students Conference.

“Not only were they able to showcase their own specialist knowledge of cystic fibrosis and obesity in pregnancy, but they also showed how QMU is leading the way in nursing, health and social sciences research.”

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