The NICRN aims to:
Areas of interest include the following:
Donna Fitzsimons, RN, BSc, PhD, FESC
Professor Donna Fitzsimons is currently Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery & Member of Senate in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a clinical background in cardiology and enjoyed a long-standing a joint appointment with Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. She has been Vice Chair of the Regional Ethics Committee and is a current member of the Scientific Research Committee of Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke. She has secured substantial research funding, is widely published with a h-index of 52 and has extensive experience in research supervision.
Donna is a past European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Board Member (2014-2020) where she led Patient Involvement activities and pioneered the establishment of the ESC Patient Form. She was previously an elected Councillor on the ESC Board 2016-2018 and was Chair of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing & Allied Professionals (2011-2013). As a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee she has lead work on involving patients in Guideline development and review, as well as enhancing nurses’ role in Guideline Implementation. Currently she is working on several large European projects that exploit digital solutions to maximise cardiovascular health and wellbeing.
Professor Fitzsimons’ leadership demonstrates her commitment to improving the quality of patient experience and care through enhanced nursing education and interdisciplinary research. Her research interests in Cardiology include prevention, patient engagement and palliative and supportive care.
Prof Fitzsimons has been a co-lead and PI for the Clinical Research Network since 2016.
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