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Professor Gerard Fealy


Gerard Fealy

Full Professor Of Nursing, Head Of School
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
01 716 6461
University College Dublin, School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Gerard Fealy is Professor of Nursing (Full Professor) and the Dean of Nursing and Head of School at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. He is a UCD graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing (UCD, 1989), a master's degree in education (MEd) (UCD, 1995) and a PhD in the history of education (UCD, 2003). He is a registered nurse (RGN) with a background in medical intensive care nursing. Professor Fealy is a researcher in the fields of social gerontology, nursing and midwifery policy and planning and health systems. He is Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD, leading a programme of research into aspects of elder mistreatment and family care giving. He is a researcher and writer on professional policy and regulation and clinical governance. He is also a nursing historian and has published several monographs, including A History of Apprenticeship Nurse Training in Ireland, the seminal history of nurse training in Ireland (Fealy 2006, Routledge). Professor Fealy is a member of a several international committees, including the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Nursing. He has received the following awards and honorary titles: the NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship in Education (2002), Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (2010-2016) and a Fellowship Ad eundeum, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI.


  • RPN
  • RGN
  • Dip Applied Physiology
    Royal Coll Surgeons in Ireland
  • Cert Coronary Care
  • BNS
    University College Dublin
  • MEd
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • RNT