Professor Sonja McIlfatrick is a Professor in Nursing and Palliative Care and the Head of School of Nursing at Ulster University. She is an experienced clinical academic with nearly thirty years’ experience in nursing and palliative care practice, education and research. Within her previous role as the Head of Research for the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (2011-2014) she led the establishment of the All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN), which included the establishment of priorities for palliative care research across the island of Ireland. Sonja has published widely in academic and professional journals with over 150 research outputs and publications and has a successful history of grant acquisition, securing over 4 million pounds. Professor Mcilfatrick is an internationally recognized leader in nursing and palliative care research and has been invited to deliver presentations at key national and international events, alongside being elected to the Board of Directors of the European Association of Palliative Care. She holds Visiting Professor appointments at the University of Maribor, Slovenia; University of Chiba, Japan and University of Technology, Sydney. She has served on numerous international research-funding boards and editorial boards. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a UK Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Council of Deans for Health, UK. Sonja also has a keen interest in doctoral education, serving as the first non USA based President of the International Network of Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN). Her current research interests include, palliative care in chronic illness, management of clinical symptoms; decision making at end of life; and public health approach to palliative care.
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