Eilish Macklin

Eilish Macklin qualified as a Registered General Nurse in October 1977 from Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry, Northern Ireland. She subsequently worked as a nurse in South Africa, Letterkenny, Belfast, Saudi Arabia and London. She returned to Ireland in January 1985 and worked in the Meath (now Tallaght ) and Richmond Hospitals before moving to Beaumont Hospital in 1987. She held a position as Sister in Charge of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit and Acting Assistant Director of Nursing in Beaumont Hospital. Eilish was appointed Assistant Director of Nursing in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) Dun Laoghaire in 1997 and Director of Nursing in 1999 and held this position until her retirement in May 2016.

Eilish was a member of the Executive Committee, Ethics Committee and Hygiene Committee during her tenure as Director of Nursing. She led from a nursing perspective on the Project Team for the new NRH which has been operational since June 2020. She served on the Hospital Board from 1997 to 2016 advising the Board on nursing issues such as recruitment and retention of nursing staff and infection control.

As Director of Nursing, Eilish was responsible for 100 Registered General Nurses and 80 Health Care Assistants ensuring that a high standard of care was provided to patients and their families following spinal and brain injuries, stroke and amputations. She liaised very closely as a member of the interdisciplinary team with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Dieticians.

From an academic perspective, Eilsih hold Diplomas in Nursing from the Royal College of Surgeons and a Management Course from the National College of Ireland.

She has served as a member of the Occupational Therapists Registration Board since February 2019 and was reappointed to the Board of Management of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in January 2020.