Professional life: Claire Foley, Nursing Practice Development Facilitator, Midlands Regional Hospital


My husband, John, drops off Harry, 9, and Jack, 7, at school and the twins, Jessica and Ben, 2, at the nanny.

At the hospital, I get my beeper, check my journal and emails, and answer staff questions about training and education. Although I am a nurse, I am not involved in patient care – my role is to advance nursing practice through initiatives, training and education to support the delivery of high quality care.

Currently, I am the lead coordinator of the Hello My Name IS campaign, launched by Kate Granger, a British doctor who recently died of cancer.

During her treatment, Dr Granger noticed that many staff did not show up before providing care, so she started the Hello My Name Is campaign to improve communication between staff and patients.

We recently launched the campaign in Tullamore, with new name badges and pledges of 450 employees.


I spend part of the morning communicating with our sepsis committee regarding national guidelines for the management of this potentially fatal disease.

Sepsis occurs when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs.

I facilitate staff training and education in sepsis awareness and have implemented a screening tool to help staff recognize sepsis early and treat accordingly to improve patient outcomes.

1 p.m.

I have lunch at my desk, while working through emails.

2 p.m.

I am the site coordinator for the nurses’ prescribing and I check their prescriptions.

We have 12 nurse prescribers, which are extremely beneficial to the patient – for example, a clinical diabetes nurse specialist can prescribe insulin. It is my job to support nurse prescribers.

3 p.m.

I set aside an hour or two in the afternoon to allow nurses to attend study days and training days.

Education and training are a big part of what I do. I also spend time liaising with printers, regarding a wound care chart that we are developing for use in the hospital.

5 p.m.

I come home, picking up my parents’ older children and the nanny’s twins along the way.

Then it’s lunchtime, followed by homework, sorting out satchels, and getting ready to start all over again the next day.

  • Claire Foley, Nursing Practice Development Facilitator, Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore