Leading expert in older people's nursing awarded fellowship

Leading expert in older people's nursing awarded fellowship

A GLOBAL nursing expert who cut his teeth in Irish hospitals has been given a prestigious Royal College of Nursing Fellowship in Scotland.

Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh, received the award this week to mark his outstanding contribution to nursing.

Professor McCormack, who started his career as a student psychiatric nurse in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, is an internationally-renowned authority on the nursing of older people, person-centred nursing and practice development.

He was appointed Head of Division of Nursing and Research Professor at QMU earlier this year, having left his post as Director of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, and Head of the Person-centred Practice Research Centre, at the University of Ulster.

“I’m extremely proud,” he said, commenting on his RCN Fellowship award. “Over the years, I have been keen to bring a different perspective to the professional development work of the RCN, enthusing QMU students and colleagues with passion for patients, so it’s hugely rewarding to have been recognised by my industry peers.”

Professor McCormack, was also recently named one of only 11 researchers in Irish universities on a list of the world's top 3,000, was also awarded the status of ‘Senior Distinguished Research Fellow’ by the University of Ulster in 2011.

For the past five years he was also President of the All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and Chairman of the charity Age Northern Ireland.