Dr Theresa Lowry-Lehnen

RGN BSc MSc PGCE(QTS) HDipEd MEd PhD

Associate Lecturer and Institute Nurse Practitioner

 

e: theresa.lowrylehnen@itcarlow.ie      t:059 9175606

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4889-4133

Dr Lowry-Lehnen is qualified as a Specialist Practitioner in General Practice Nursing and a Teacher of Science. She is a graduate of MMUH, The Open University, NUIM, St. Mary’s Teacher Training University College, London and The University of Surrey. She has a PhD published a number of books and medical journal articles and is a registered Teacher with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Having qualified as an RGN and a Post Graduate in Coronary Care Nursing at the Mater Hospital Dublin, Ireland in the 1980s, she worked in Medical, Surgical, Coronary Care and Intensive Care Units at home and abroad for over 15 years. She moved from the secondary to the primary health sector in the early 2000s and qualified as a Specialist Practitioner in General Practice Nursing at Surrey University. She also trained and qualified as a Teacher of Science at St Mary’s Teacher Training University College, London, where she received a commendation for her teaching practice in 2005. She worked as a Science Teacher for four years in London, where she taught Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Key stage 3 and 4 (GCSE), Biology at Key stage 5 (A Level) and Health Science at Key stage 4 and 5.

Dr Lowry-Lehnen has 35 years’ experience in clinical nursing practice, combining her practice with 15 years in educational, teaching and lecturing roles. She worked in a variety of Primary Care settings including, GP Practice, NHS Direct, Nurse led Walk in Centres and Minor Injury Units in the UK and Community Intervention Team, General Practice and Out of Hours GP Clinical and Triage Nursing Services in Ireland. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Lifelong Learning and the full-time Nurse Practitioner at Institute of Technology, Carlow. Theresa was shortlisted for the Practice Nurse of the Year Award 2018, at the GP National Awards, and has recently published a new book ‘Practice Nursing: Clinical Guidelines and Procedures in Practice’.

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Research Experience

PhD Health Psychology A qualitative research study on the impact of depression and peer suicide on young males (2006-2011).  Research and Societal Response.

MSc (Level 9) Research: Screening and Intervention for Alcohol Misuse and its implementation in General Practice.The screening tool for alcohol misuse devised and developed through Theresa’s research, was accredited and implemented in General Practice Surgeries for Practice Nurses working in the Merton and Sutton Primary Care Trusts, London.

BSc (Level 8) Research: Public Health Needs Assessment Profile and Health Promotion Proposal
Public Health Intervention: Developing Healthy Communities.
GP Practice Profile. St Helier Primary Care Trust, Merton and Sutton Boroughs, London.
 

Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs)

Developed and compiled the full complement of researched evidence based Standard Operational Procedures (SOP’s) (2011) ’Clinical Policies, Procedures and Guidelines for Community Intervention Team Nurses’ Caredoc. Accredited by the Medical Directors at Caredoc and CIT Medical Directors at St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny

Developed and compiled the full complement of researched evidence based Standard Operational Procedures (SOP’s) ‘Clinical Nursing and Medical Policies, Procedures and Guidelines’. Medical Centre, Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching and mentoring student and newly qualified Nurses in practice both in Secondary (Hospital based, Medical, Surgical, CCU and ITU) and Primary Care (General Practice).
  • Qualified as a Teacher of Science at St Mary’s University Teacher Training College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London (2005). St Mary’s Teacher Training College is affiliated with Surrey University.
  • Full–time Teacher of Science and Health and Social Science at St Philomena’s High School for Girls Surrey, England from 2005-2008.
  • Teaching and Mentoring trainee teachers and NQT’s in practice (2006-2008).
  • Associate Lecturer Institute of Technology, Carlow (September 2008- Present)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Crohn's Disease. Nursing In General Practice Journal. Issue 4: Volume 12: pp 30-34. Available at: https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/nigp_july-august_2019/32

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Diagnosing and Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Update Journal (Rheumatology). Volume 5 Issue 6 pp 16-20. Available at: https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/digital_ud_vol5issue6_2019pdf/18

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment. Published in Irish Medical Times Newspaper (IMT) (April 6th 2019). Dublin.

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Crohn's Disease: Presentation, Diagnosis and Management. The Medical Independent nursecpd.ie Available at: https://www.medilearning.ie/nursecpd/crohn's-disease-%E2%80%94-presentation,-diagnosis-and-management

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Asthma: An overview. Nursing & Primary Care Journal (ISSN 2639-9474) Volume 3. Issue 4. Available at: http://scivisionpub.com/pdfs/asthma-an-overview-798.pdf

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Asthma: A comprehensive overview. Medical Independent Update Journal (Respiratory Medicine). Volume 5: Issue 5: pp 39-44. May 2019.https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/update_respiratory_medicine/40

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Smoking Cessation Interventions. Medical Independent Update Journal (Respiratory Medicine). Volume 5: Issue 5: pp 35-38. May 2019.https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/update_respiratory_medicine/36

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Hepatitis C: The Silent Virus, Medical Independent Update Journal Gastroenterology and Hepatology Volume 5: Issue 3: pp 47-49: March 2019. https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/digital_ud_vol5iss3_2019/48

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Caring for Cellulitis Patients. Nursing in General Practice Journal Issue 2: Volume 12: pp 26-27: March 2019. https://issuu.com/greencrosspublishing/docs/nigp_march_/1?ff

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2019). Women’s Health Awareness from a Student Health Perspective. Irish Independent (March 21st 2019). Available at http://www.healthnews.ie/womens-health/womens-health-awareness-from-a-student-health-perspective & http://www.healthnews.ie/womens-health/?utm_source=irishstudenthealthassociation

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2018) Antimicrobial Resistance: A Collective Responsibility. Medical Independent Issue 30: Volume 9 December 20th 2018. Available athttps://www.medicalindependent.ie/104151/a_collective_responsibility & https://www.medicalindependent.ie/104100/20_december_2018

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2018). 'A Day in the Life of a College Nurse'. Nursing in General Practice Journal. Issue 3 Volume 11 April 2018. Medical Independent. Available at https://www.medicalindependent.ie/101938/nursing_in_general_practice___issue_3_april_2018

Lowry Lehnen, T. (2018). Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment (DMARD’s). Medicalopedia. Available online at https://www.medicalopedia.org/author/t-lehnen/

Books

Practice Nursing: Clinical Guidelines and Procedures in Practice (2018) International Medical Publisher. ISBN-13: 978-1999348502

Psychology. Theoretical Approaches and Application in Practice. (2015) ISBN-13: 978-1512359114     

Developmental Psychology. Theories of Human Growth and Development. (2015) ISBN-13: 978-1512170917

Screening and Intervention for Alcohol Misuse and its implementation in General Practice (2005) ISBN-13: 978-1512103694

Public Health Needs Assessment: Developing Healthy Communities (2005) ISBN-13: 978-1512064179

Conference Proceedings and Papers

Irish Student Health Association (March 2019) Annual Conference at UCC: Visiting Speaker. Presentation: Clinical Guidelines and Writing for Publication.

Irish Student Health Association (March 2019) Annual Conference at UCC: Poster Presentations- 1) Smokeless Campus:Smoking Cessation Intervention 2) Profile of a Nurse-led Student Medical Centre in a Third Level Education Institution

The concept of Emotional Intelligence and the Bar-On EQ-I model in practice (2011). A presentation delivered to the Medical Directors and Senior Management Team at Caredoc, Carlow, Ireland.

Irish Practice Nurses Annual Conference (2010), Dublin. Presenation- “Suicide Ireland” Research and Societal Response.

Other Research Outputs

School Policies: Departmental Schemes of Work (Science Department)

Developed and produced the following Science Department Schemes of Work:

  • Key Stage 3 Science: Scheme of Work. Science Department, St Philomena’s High School, Surrey, England (2005-2008)
  • Foundation Science: Scheme of Work. Science Department, St Philomena’s High School, Surrey England (2005-2008)

Involved with the development of

  • Key Stage 4 Science: (AQA and OCR GCSE examinations) Scheme of Work. Science Department, St Philomena’s High School, Surrey, England (2005-2008)

School Policies: Departmental Schemes of Work (Health and Social Studies Department) Produced the following Health and Social Studies Department Schemes of Work.

  • Key Stage 4: Health and Social Care (AQA and OCR GCSE examinations) Scheme of Work. Health and Social Studies Department, St Philomena’s High School, Surrey, England (2005-2008)
  • Key Stage 5: Health and Social Care (AQA and OCR AS/A Level examinations) Scheme of Work. Health and Social Studies Department, St Philomena’s High School, Surrey, England (2005-2008)

Research Supervision

Areas of Interest
  • Mentoring Nurses on clinical placement in Primary Care settings (General Practice)
  • Student Health and Well-being in Third Level Education
  • Young Men’s Health and Well-being.
  • Teaching and Learning: Mentoring new Associate Lecturers in Practice.

Engagement and Collaboration

2019: Assistant PRO Irish Student Health Association (ISHA)

2011: Founder Nurse Member involved in the setup, development and practical application of the Carlow/Kilkenny Community Intervention Nursing Team (CIT). A collaboration between Caredoc and St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.

2001: Designed, developed and piloted, the first ‘NHS Direct’ clinical audit tool for ensuring safe practice for Triage Nurses when assessing and advising clients at the ‘NHS Direct’ in South-West London. The piloted ‘clinical audit tool’ was successful and implemented in practice for Nurses across all ‘NHS Direct’ services in England from 2002.