I have almost thirty years’ experience in the health care industry working across medical, surgical, cardiac and haematology departments. Throughout the course of my career as a nurse I have also embarked on many other educational opportunities to enhance my nursing qualifications.
It was when in my own life that I experienced great loss and anxiety that I was introduced to mindfulness meditation. It helped me through a difficult period and ultimately becoming engrained in my daily life.As a person working in health care I knew I wanted to share this so went on to undertake the Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions in UCD in 2017. This has since become an important and essential tool as part of my daily work with patients.
People are my passion and helping them make the most of their lives is a privilege. Life experience, particularly through my work as a nurse, has enriched my understanding of how we struggle with everyday life. Since completing my MSc I have frequently facilitated 8 week programmes and individual days of practice for health care professionals. The course mainly focuses on work related stress issues and well-being. Additionally, I am involved with the chronic pain service in the hospital in which I work; I lead educational forums to patients on how mindfulness can be used to overcome chronic pain. I use my life skills, training and a large dose of humour to facilitate people in discovering their own sense of what they need to bring mindfulness into their own lives.