Dr. Catherine Buckley

Role: Practice Development Lecturer

PhD, MSc., BSc., PGCert. Narrative Research, RGN, FFNMRCSI.

Catherine commenced in the position of Practice Development Lecturer in November 2014.  Catherine trained as a general nurse in the Cork University Hospital and has over 20 years extensive clinical experience in both the US and Ireland in cardiac care, oncology, and care of the older adult in both rehabilitation and long-term care settings .

She obtained a BSc (hons) and an MSc from the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery UCC, Cork and a  PhD Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.  Catherine’s interests include practice development, person-centred narrative approaches to care, social isolation and socialization of older adults in long term care, elder abuse  and dementia care.  In her role in Northridge House , Catherine is responsible for the development of curriculum and provision of courses related to the clinical practice of nursing and care staff in residential care settings.  She is an Adjunt Senior Lecturer with UCC,  the current Vice President of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and  past secretary, current board member of Omega Epsilon at Large Chapter  of  STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International).


2022: Fellowship of the Royal Collage of Surgeons of Ireland 

2009-2016:  PhD  Awarded.  Title: The development and evaluation of a narrative based approach to practice development in an older adult residential care setting utilising resident’s stories to inform practice change.  Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • : Narrative Research, awarded – University of East London.

2006-2008: MSc Nursing, (Clinical Pathway),  awarded First Class Honours – University College Cork.

2004-2006: BSc. (Hons) Nursing Studies, awarded Second Class Honours – University College Cork.

1983-1986: Registered General Nurse, An Bord Altranais.


Harding, A.J.E., Doherty, J., Bavelaar, L. et al. A family carer decision support intervention for people with advanced dementia residing in a nursing home: a study protocol for an international advance care planning intervention (mySupport study). BMC Geriatr 22, 822 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-03533-2

Cornally, N.; Kilty, C.;Buckley, C.; O’Caoimh, R.;O’Donovan, M.R.; Monahan, M.P.;O’Connor, C.D.; Fitzgerald, S.;Hartigan, I. The Experience ofCOVID-19 Visitor Restrictions amongFamilies of People Living in Long-TermResidential Care Facilities during theFirst Wave of the Pandemic in Ireland.Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022,19, 6559. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116559

Buckley C, Hartigan I, Coffey A, Cornally N, O’Connell S, O’Loughlin C, Timmons S, Lehane E. Evaluating the use of participatory action research to implement evidence-based guidance on dementia palliative care in long-term care settings: A creative hermeneutic analysis. Int J Older People Nurs. 2022 Sep;17(5):e12460. doi: 10.1111/opn.12460. Epub 2022 Mar 31. PMID: 35362252; PMCID: PMC9539682.

  1. Timmons, C. O’Loughlin,C. Buckley, N. Cornally, I. Hartigan, E. Lehane, C. Finn, A. Coffey, Dementia palliative care: A multi-site survey of long term care STAFF’S education needs and readiness to change, Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 52,2021,103006, ISSN 1471-5953,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103006

Coffey, A., Hartigan, I., Timmons, S. Buckley, C et al. Implementation of evidence-based guidance for dementia palliative care using participatory action research: examining implementation through the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR). Implement Sci Commun 2, 137 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s43058-


O’Caoimh R, O’Donovan MR, Monahan MP, Dalton O’Connor C,Buckley C, Kilty C, Fitzgerald S, Hartigan I and Cornally N (2020) Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 Nursing Home Restrictions on Visitors of Residents With Cognitive Impairment: A Cross-Sectional

Study as Part of the Engaging Remotely in Care (ERiC) Project. Front. Psychiatry 11:585373.doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585373

Timmons, S., Cornally, N.,Hartigan, I., Lehane, E., Buckley, C., Lynch,

M., Coffey, A. Implementing Guidance for Palliative Care in Dementia Using Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CIFR): Results of a Multisite Situational Analysis, Age and Ageing, Volume 47, Issue suppl_5, September 2018, Pages v13–v60,



Buckley C, McCormack B, Ryan A.  (2018).  Working in a storied way—Narrative-based approaches to person-centred care and practice development in older adult residential care settings. J Clin Nurs. Volume27, Issue5-6, Pages e858-e872


Buckley, C. (2017) Knowing me, knowing you: using creative methods to highlight challenges and discover identity and context in an action research study. International Practice Development Journal  Volume 7, Issue 2, Article 11



Buckley, C. (2016) Giving voice to ‘hard to reach groups’ in healthcare research – a narrative approach. McCormack,  B., Eide, T., Skovdal, K., Eide, H.,  Kapstad H.  and  van Dulme S. (Eds) PERSON-CENTRED HEALTHCARE RESEARCH – ‘THE PERSON IN QUESTION’ The Person-centred Research Handbook (in press)

Buckley, C. (2016) A narrative approach to person-centredness with older people in residential long-term care  McCormack, B., and McCance, T.,  (Eds).  Person-centred Nursing (in press)

McCormack, B. and Buckley, C. (2014), Holistic and Authentic Evaluation in Healthcare. In  Kalliola, S. (Eds) Evaluation as a Tool for Research, Learning and Making Things Better Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge.

Buckley, C., McCormack B. and Ryan A. A. (2013) Valuing narrative in the care of older people: a framework of narrative practice for older adult residential care settings.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jocn.12472