Call for more research into nursing and midwifery care


A professor at NUI Galway has called for more investment to embed a research culture into nursing and midwifery care.

Professor Dympna Casey, who is Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University, made the call ahead of an online seminar on nursing and midwifery later this month.

The semenar is part of a series of events to celebrate the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife and will take place on Friday 25 June at 1pm. It is open to anyone who registers at

Professor Dympna Casey said: “We need resources and government investment to embed research and a research culture into nursing and midwifery care and support clinical-academic career pathways.”

NUI Galway’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is hosting the second seminar in the series – The Contribution of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery to Research – in partnership with Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick.

It will illustrate examples of research led by nurses and midwives in vulnerable populations, capturing the views and experiences of healthcare workers and supporting high-quality research evidence for decision-making in policy and practice in Ireland and globally.

Professor Casey will also moderate a live panel discussion with audience questions.

“Nurses and midwives are not only at the frontline of healthcare delivery and have been critical during the response to Covid-19, but are also highly active in leading programmes of research that ensure evidence-based decision making in policy and practice,” Professor Casey said.

“We are pleased to lead on this seminar in collaboration with DCU, UL and Trinity College Dublin, illustrating just some of the essential research and evidence that informs clinical practice and healthcare policy in Ireland and on a global scale.”

The monthly seminar series being organised by the IUA’s Heads of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Group will showcase the successes, challenges, research and innovations occurring in academic and clinical settings nationally.