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Carolyn Donohoe

Carolyn Donohoe is NMBI’s Director of Education, Policy and Standards, having joined the organisation in 2021. 

She is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience in multiple nursing roles including as Clinical Facilitator and Clinical Nurse Manager 3 (CNM3) in Critical Care, Nursing Practice Development Coordinator and Directorate Nurse Manager for Perioperative Services in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. A keen advocate of education and continuous professional development, her post-graduate qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Critical Care Nursing, a Master’s in Nursing Education, and a Professional Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change. More recently, her studies have focused on leadership in regulation at an international level. 

Since joining NMBI, she has led change in the organisation’s approach to regulatory site inspections, focussing on the balance between academic and clinical components of programmes. She has updated a number of important resources that set standards and requirements for nursing and midwifery education and practice. Carolyn leads a team of Professional Officers and Education Department Officers who strive to ensure that our standards and guidance materials are relevant for todays practice environment and that the outputs provide a clear road map for safe effective practice, for the benefit of both the public and the professions.

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