Former Mossend woman Ann Marie McDonald has received her doctoral degree from a prestigious University in New York.
The former pupil of Holy Family Primary and Cardinal Newman High was awarded her Doctorate from Columbia University, New York, last month.
Ann Marie initially studied nursing at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, before heading to live and work the Big Apple.
She is currently the vice-president of Patient Care Services at St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, with five service lines - nursing, cardiorespiratory, rehabilitation, infection control and environmental services - all reporting directly to her.
Prior to this appointment Ann Marie was the director of Nursing Quality and Practice at St Barnabas as well as the Trauma Programme manager for St Barnabus and the Lutheran Medical Centre in Brooklyn.
Ann Marie’s doctoral work was studying the effects of a simulation education program of SBAR and the effects on nurse empowerment.
This study has been noted to be a first in nursing, and was praised by the by the executive leadership team of St Barnabas.
Cathy and Harry McDonald travelled to New York to see their daughter pick up her Doctorate at a ceremony held in Midtown, Manhattan.
Harry said: “Ann Marie has been working very hard for the last few years, juggling her studies with a demanding job in a busy Bronx hospital, and bringing up her young daughter.
“She has made us very proud and we’re delighted to see that her hard work over the years is now paying off.”
Ann Marie plans to further her educational research and will start lecturing part-time at Columbia University, where she remains a committee member of the Nursing Education Alumni Association, as Adjunct Professor in the new year.