CUH Director of Nursing Conferred as Doctor of Governance

Director of Nursing at Cork University Hospital, Mary Boyd, has been conferred as a Doctor of Governance at Queens University, Belfast; a first for a Director of Nursing in an acute hospital in Ireland.

The Doctorate in Governance (DGOV) is a new approach to inspire high standards of governance into service delivery by high level public servants. Mary’s doctoral thesis suggested that role clarity should be a seventh element in clinical governance and that establishing role clarity in Irish acute healthcare was a key role for hospital boards. 

Speaking at her conferring, Dr Boyd said, “Acute healthcare in Ireland depends on over a hundred thousand dedicated, experienced and highly educated professionals. The OECD published reports in 2003 that highlighted the return on investment from education. Ireland is held up as an example of the high return on investment.  Now, future Directors of Nursing and midwifery will have a doctorate to assist them in accessing solutions, deal with complexity, and speak the same language as board level colleagues. The nursing profession has taken significant steps since the Commission on Nursing and today we take another. We have a lot to do and, provided we always place patient safety and care at the centre of our efforts the years immediately ahead are very promising.”

Dr Boyd has been a nurse and midwife for 24 years and has a distinguished career in nursing and midwifery management as Director of Nursing at Cork University Hospital, the National Maternity Hospital, and Portiuncula Hospital.   Mary already holds an MA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Management and a Graduate Diploma in Managing Quality.

The DGOV programme is conducted jointly by Queens University and the Institute of Public administration and numbers as participants many of Ireland’s top public service managers.

Last updated on: 08 / 07 / 2008