Patricia Hall, our Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist has been a brilliant asset to the Croí team since she came on board two years ago! We chatted with Patricia to learn more about her role with Croí.
Name: Patricia Hall
Job Title: Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist
Tell us about your role:
I work in a range of roles and settings, providing face-to-face advice to individuals and groups enrolled on the prevention programmes. I am also involved in a number of different community projects, screening and health promotion workshops, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, raising awareness of the importance of risk factor management and am currently the Nurse Lead on the Mayo Third Age Cardiovascular Health Project. My interest in stroke and stroke support means I oversee both the Galway and Mayo Stroke Support Groups and have been instrumental in the development and delivery of the MyStroke Educational Programme.
How has your role evolved with Croí?
Since joining Croí just 2 years ago my role continues to evolve from initial responsibility coordinating and delivering the programmes. In 2018 I coordinated the Ireland-ASPIRE National Survey of patients who have established heart disease. This year with the re-establishment of our presence in Mayo, I secured the role as Mayo Third Age Nurse Lead to launch and deliver a new, refocused initiative aimed at improving the cardiovascular health and well-being of the population of County Mayo so that they become exemplars of active and positive ageing.
Favourite, stand-out moment of your career with Croí so far:
There have been numerous so just to mention a few:
- Ensuring the recruitment of sufficient participants for the I-ASPIRE study and delivering in an extremely tight timeline
- Participating in the organisation and the fun involved in the annual Stroke Support Group summer outing and Christmas lunch
- Hiking up to the statue behind Kylemore Abbey with a group of Croí patients and friends to mark World Heart Day 2019
What excites you about the future at Croí?
There are huge challenges ahead with keeping the risk of cardiovascular disease to the forefront of public awareness. With the focus on the Third Age, those over 55 years, there will be great opportunities to increase awareness and promote early detection of these conditions in order to significantly reduce the burden on the individual and on our health system.
What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?
Support Connacht Rugby at the Sportsground or head out into the hills with friends for a good hike.