Gerard Fealy is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. A former Dean and Head of School at UCD, he is a UCD graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BNS) and a master’s degree in education (MEd). In 2003 he obtained a PhD from UCD; his doctoral thesis was entitled ‘A history of apprenticeship nurse training in Ireland’. He is a past recipient of the NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship in Education. In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.
Dr Fealy is a researcher in the field of social gerontology and is Director of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD. A nursing historian, he is Director of the UCD Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History. and is the author of A History of Apprenticeship Nurse Training in Ireland (Routledge 2006) and The Adelaide Hospital School of Nursing, 1859-2009: A Commemorative History (Columba Press 2009). He teaches on the social history of healthcare. He is also a researcher and writer on professional and disciplinary issues in nursing and is a member of a several international committees, including the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.