Mary O' Shea joined the TILDA team as a Research Nurse in May 2014 for Wave 3 to conduct the health assessments. Most recently she has been part of a team that has developed and delivered a course entitled ‘Recognising Frailty: Insights from TILDA’. This one day teaching course for nurses and other health care professionals is run in collaboration with the National Clinical Programme for Older People (NCPOP). It is part of a suite of educational events helping promote and improve knowledge, understanding and assessment of frailty in older people by healthcare professionals. This is one of the ways that TILDA is leading in translating cutting edge research into every day practice to improve care of older people.
Mary completed her training, qualifying with honours, at St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin, and as a midwife from the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Following her return from the USA working in Oncology nursing, she worked in Newcastle General Hospital in the Neurosurgical HDU (High Dependency Unit). On returning to Ireland she took up a position in Mount Carmel Hospital in the HDU working as a Clinical Nurse Manager. During her time there she completed her BSc in Nursing Management, graduating with honours from University College Dublin. While in UCD she was the recipient of the Judith Chavasse Award (BSc Nursing). She has a keen interest in healthy ageing and the ageing process and is excited to see the potential that TILDA has to contribute to making Ireland a great place to grow old in.