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Joan Duignan


Case Manager

Based in: Dublin
Clients: Ireland


  • Registered general nurse
  • BSc Nursing
  • Certificate in teaching and assessing
  • Certificate in clinical research
  • Post graduate certificate in pain management
  • Fully trained and certified in advance life support
  • Member of An Bord Altranis
  • Fully trained and practicing mentor to new nursing staff

Joan trained at the Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottingham. She obtained a BSc in Nursing from University College, Dublin and has extensive experience across a wide variety of nursing disciplines having worked in both the public and private sector in a career spanning the community, general practice, university research and the hospital setting. Joan has excellent interpersonal skills, clinical judgement and technical ability ensuring the delivery of the highest standard of nursing care within her scope of practice.

Joan continues to up skill and enhance her clinical knowledge by attending courses in her areas of expertise.


Joan currently works at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Dublin. She is a lead nurse in an orthopaedic pre-assessment clinic and she also works on an orthopaedic / pain management ward. She has extensive experience working across all units in the hospital including;

  • General surgical
  • Pain management
  • Cardio thoracic
  • HDU
  • Medical
  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Palliative
  • Oncology
  • Day-care

Joan has also deputised for a clinical nurse manager with responsibility of all nursing staff, care assistants and patients’ care while providing clinical and professional leadership. She provided the highest standard of evidence-based nursing care in partnership with other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team. She managed, assessed, implemented and documented care plans for patients.

Joan worked in HDU gaining invaluable experience in a highly pressurised, challenging and dynamic environment where she managed the care of acutely ill patients and the needs of their families; assessed, planned and delivered highly specialised nursing care; recognised and responded to impending emergency situations; provided pre and post-operative care for orthopaedic patients; provided palliative care, providing comfort and dignity to a terminally ill patient, while supporting families; prepared and implemented policies for successful JCI accreditation of hospital.

As a research nurse, Joan managed clinical trials and research projects that involved finding new treatments and improving patient care in neurology, rheumatology, obesity, diabetes and respiratory. She recruited patients suitable for trials and worked closely with multiple key stakeholders including patients, pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals within the university and hospital for the successful delivery of research projects. Joan acted as a patient advocate ensuring patient safety, protection and provided support throughout the research project and prepared study approvals for hospital ethics committee. She also collected samples and carried out lab processing, data collection and reporting.

As a practice nurse, Joan carried out cervical screening, antenatal and post-natal care, infant and childhood vaccinations, travel health and vaccinations. She coordinated group education programmes for patients with diabetes and was responsible for numerous general practice nursing duties including; phlebotomy, respiratory care, cardiology monitoring and cholesterol checks. Joan carried out health promotion, education, counselling and liaised with the other health care professionals in the centre, hospital and community.

As a community nurse, Joan worked in the community assessing patients in their homes, identifying physical and psychological needs and allocation of the appropriate care. She recruited, trained and managed a large team of care assistants and worked within a multi-disciplinary team delivering a coordinated approach to patient care and supporting families. She always maintained a high standard of nursing care and ensured a professional and ethical responsibility in the patients’ environment.

As a general nurse, Joan has provided the highest standard of evidence-based nursing care in partnership with other health care professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team. She has provided both pre and post op care of patients in orthopaedics, gynaecology, ENT, palliative care, oncology, cosmetic surgery, cardio-thoracic surgery and colorectal surgery. Joan has also provided care for terminally ill patients, prepared and implemented policies for successful accreditation of hospital. She is a fully trained and practicing mentor to new nursing staff and ensured the optimum standard of nursing was provided at all times in compliance with An Bord Altranais (ABA).


Joan is married and is a mother of two children. They love the outdoors, walking, cycling, camping and Joan also enjoys yoga, art and music.