Miss Noreen Kilkenny

H.Dip., M.Sc., PG Cert., PG Dip.,

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
School of Nursing
& Midwifery
University of Galway
E: noreen.kilkenny@universityofgalway.ie


Noreen has over nine years of experience in teaching and higher education.
As a Lecturer Above the Bar in General Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, she holds several module leadership roles and will soon undertake year leadership in the school.

Noreen is a lifelong learner and has a PGDip and Cert in Education in Professional Practice from Northumbria University and an MSc in Cardiac & Respiratory Nursing from Imperial College London. Her extensive experience as a Clinician and an Academic in Australia, Ireland, and the UK has given her a broad perspective on nursing education.
Before joining the University of Galway, Noreen served as an Assistant Lecturer at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and as a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University. At Northumbria University, she was involved in developing and evaluating curricula, assessments, and learning outcomes for nursing programs. She also worked briefly at La Trobe University, Melbourne as a Clinical Educator. 

She also collaborated with academic and clinical partners to enhance the quality and relevance of nursing education. Her core competencies include undergraduate teaching, international collaboration and teaching, curriculum development, research supervision, partnership building, and patient safety.

Noreen is committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where students can thrive and achieve their academic and professional goals. Her dedication to nursing education is evident in the quality of her work and her passion for making a positive impact on the nursing profession. 

Research Interests

  • Patient Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Oral care in adults'
Noreen Kilkenny (2019) 'Oral care in adults'. British Journal Of Nursing, [DOI] [Details]
(2019) 'The nurse's role in ear care: undertaking hearing assessment and ear cleaning'
Noreen Kilkenny (2019) 'The nurse's role in ear care: undertaking hearing assessment and ear cleaning'. British Journal Of Nursing, [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2022) 'Medications used in the Cardiovascular System'
Anthony Garbutt & Noreen Kilkenny (2022) 'Medications used in the Cardiovascular System' In: Fundamentals of pharmacology for children's nurses. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2023) Open Research and Reproducibility Conference 2023,
Noreen Kilkenny (2023) Open to Northumbria staff and Postgraduate Researchers, offers an opportunity to learn more about key areas of open research. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Open Research and Reproducibility Conference 2023, Northumbria University , 29-MAR-23. [Details]
(2023) The PhiMu Sigma Chapter,
Noreen Kilkenny (2023) The Phi Mu Chapter Annual Conference 2023 and Induction Ceremony hosted by the University of Sheffield. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The PhiMu Sigma Chapter, University of Sheffield , 16-JUN-23 - 16-FEB-24. [Details]
(2019) Improving Patient Safety: new horizons, new perspectives,
Noreen Kilkenny (2019) This conference was attended by over 250 delegates and brought together clinicians, academics and policy makers to discuss the latest patient safety research and quality improvement projects and methods. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Improving Patient Safety: new horizons, new perspectives, Leeds, UK , 15-OCT-19 - 16-OCT-19. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) Registered Adult Nurse and Nurse Tutor /
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Registered General Nurse /


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2008 University of Hertfordshire Higher Diploma in Adult Nursing Nursing
2011 Imperial College London MSc in Cardio Respiratory Nursing Nursing
2015 Northumbria University, Newcastle Post graduate Certificate in Education in Professional Practice Education
2016 Northumbria University, Newcastle Post graduate Diploma in Education in Professional Practice Education

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Year one The nature of nursing NU1108
Postgraduate Professional, Legal and ethical issues- Nurse prescribing NU010.I
Year one Foundations of nursing practice NU1109
Year one Clinical Practice 1+2 NU1115
Year two Community Care and Specialist Client Groups NU2201
Year two Clinical Practice 3+4 NU2307
Year three The acutely ill adult NU3101
Year three Health promotion NU3102
Year three Living well with long term conditions NU3103
Year three Medicines and clinical practice NU3105
Year Four Literature Review NU4110
Year four Leading and developing practice NU4106
Year four Internship Assessment NU4109
Year three Womens Health NU314
Postgraduate Preceptorship
Postgraduate-MSc ePortfolio NU670e
Postgraduate- MSc Service improvement NU6439
Postgraduate- MSc Leadership, Qual improvement and Governance NU6507
Postgraduate Advanced health assessment NU6311
Postgraduate Advanced health assessment NU6312
Postgraduate Essential Physical Assessment Skills NU607
Year one Communication and interpersonal skills NU1114