Professor Donna Fitzsimons has recently been appointed as the new Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Queens University Belfast. She is an experienced clinical academic who has previously enjoyed a long-standing joint appointment between Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Ulster University.
Donna is the first nurse to hold an elected position on the Board of the European Society of Cardiology and is a founding member of the Global Leadership Forum for Cardiovascular Nursing. She holds an Editorial Board position on the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. At a regional level she is Co-Clinical Lead for the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Network and Scientific Advisory Group Member of Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke Association.
Donna has a history of successful research grant acquisition, is widely published and is regularly invited to present at international congresses. She has contributed to the development of several ESC Clinical Guidelines and is a strong advocate of evidence based practice and patient involvement. Her research interests include, cardiac nursing, preventive cardiology, palliative care in chronic illness and research ethics.