Ber Mulcahy is currently the Director of Nursing in Bon Secours Hospital Cork and has worked there for 31 years in a number of Nursing / Leadership roles as Nurse Tutor, Human Resources Manager and is now also a member of the Hospital Management Team.
Ber has a particular interest in the area of staff development and learning. For many years Ber lectured in UCC in the area of HR Management where she used as her motto “People are our greatest asset, they appreciate with investment”.
Having completed an HDip in Coaching Psychology and MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions, Ber identified the potential and great need for the promotion of stress reduction in the work place, particularly in health care where employees often express and suffer the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout.
Ber believes Mindfulness has a lot to offer employees both for their personal and professional lives in the area of stress reduction and building resilience. In 2016 she initiated a Programme on the introduction of Mindfulness for staff. To date approximately 220 staff have completed the MBSR Programme Mindfulness has also been integrated in a number of patient education areas e.g. Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Currently, Ber is leading the introduction of practical tools to create ‘contagious calm’ in the everyday busy environment of healthcare. She has expanded her portfolio and trained as a paws b and .b trainer to teach mindfulness in the schools programme. Ber is an accredited Resilience Trainer with Heartmath and plans to roll out her Resilience Training Programme in the workplace as a follow on from the MBSR Programme.
Ber has organised and delivered an annual Mindfulness Conference for the last four years in partnership with University College Cork with a growing attendance each year, to a record high of 450 delegates requesting a place.