Student Health App Writtten By IT Carlow Nurse and Lecturer To Launch Nationally
A ‘Students Health Matters’ app, a first-of-it- kind resource for 3rd level students in Ireland whose content was written by IT Carlow clinical nurse and associate lecturer Theresa Lowry Lehnen, was last week formally launched by the ISHA at its 2020 conference.
Theresa last year produced the ‘Student Health Matters’ eBook for students at Institute of Technology Carlow. It provides them with safe, reliable, evidence-based health information, along with links to appropriate and reputable websites and supports, relevant to the Irish healthcare setting.
Reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Irish Student Health Association (ISHA), the eBook was subsequently endorsed by ISHA and rolled out to all third-level colleges nationally as an excellent resource for students. Theresa worked closely with experts in the HSE and various Government bodies in producing the contents of the eBook, ensuring all content was HSE approved, reliable and evidence based.
Following a suggestion from Nurse Laura Tully at AIT, work began last summer on utilising the eBook content for an Irish Student Health app. Theresa worked closely with Dr Knut Schroeder, GP, and senior clinical lecturer at Bristol University and founder of Expert Self-Care a specialist mobile health information app developer. Dr Schroeder’s company has produced a number of health apps for Universities in the UK including the very successful NHS Student Health App.
The app has already received positive reviews in both the Irish Examiner and Irish Times and has been praised by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the HSE, amongst others.
The ‘Student Health Matters’ app is free to download and is available on both iPhone and Android devices
Theresa Lowry Lehnen was shortlisted for the Practice Nurse of the Year Award at the GP National Awards in 2018 and 2019 and commended for the Practice Nurse of the Year at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2019. She was awarded the Irish Practice Nurse Association (IPNA) Educational Bursary Research Award 2019 and won the ‘Nursing Project of the Year Award’, at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2019 for her research project linked to our award winning ‘Smokeless Campus’ at Institute of Technology Carlow.
Pictured is Theresa Lowry Lehnen with Dr Knut Schroeder