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Joan McCarthy Joan McCarthy

College Lecturer - University College Cork

As a College Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, I lecture on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and supervise MSc, DN and PhD students. I also lead the School Research Group on Healthcare Ethics and End-of-Life Care and I was recently appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK (2018-2021).

I am a member of the Irish National Advisory Committee on Bioethics, the HSE Advance Health Care Directives Subgroup, the Editorial Board of Nursing Ethics, and the Advisory Board of the International Care Ethics Observatory, University of Surrey, UK.

I have led and collaborated on several national and international research projects funded by e.g. the Irish Hospice Foundation, the Irish Research Council and Wellcome. I was invited, as an expert in healthcare ethics, to address the Irish Citizens’ Assembly in February 2017 on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. I also presented to the Joint Committee on Health and Children (24 October 2013) on End-of-Life Care in Ireland: Ethical Challenges and Solutions

Sample of publications:


McCarthy J, Donnelly M, Dooley D, Campbell L, Smith D (2011) End-of-Life Care: Ethics and Law. Cork: Cork University Press.

Dooley D, McCarthy J (2012) Nursing Ethics: Irish Cases and Concerns. (2nd ed.) Dublin: Gill and MacMillan.


Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

McCarthy J, O’Donnell K, Campbell L, Dooley D (2018) Ethical arguments for access to abortion services in the Republic of Ireland: recent developments in the public discourse. Journal of Medical Ethics, 44: 513-517.

McCarthy J, Campbell L, Dalton C, Andrews T, McLoughlin K (2016) Ethical decision making in end-of-life care and the person with dementia. Irish Hospice Foundation, Dublin.

McCarthy J and Gastmans C (2015) Moral distress: a review of the argument based nursing ethics literature. Nursing Ethics, 22 (1): 131-152.

McCarthy J, Weafer J, Loughrey M (2010) Irish views on death and dying: a national survey. Journal of Medical Ethics, 36: 454-458.

Molloy C, McCarthy J, Tyrrell M (2016) The impact of an end-of-life healthcare ethics educational intervention. Clinical Ethics, 11(1): 28-37.