South East Technological University’s (SETU) Theresa Lowry-Lehnen, nurse practitioner at SETU’s campus in Carlow, won two awards at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards 2023, which took place at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

Theresa won both the Community Nursing Project of the Year and Student Intervention of the Year awards for her project entitled: ‘South East Technological University, Carlow Campus – Nurse Prescriber (RNP) delivered Free Contraception and Sexual Health Services for Third Level Students’.

The Irish Healthcare Centre Awards are amongst the country's leading and most prestigious healthcare awards ceremonies, celebrating innovation and excellence across the sector. The event shines a spotlight on the exceptional work being carried out by Irish healthcare professionals with nominations judged by an expert panel.

David Denieffie, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SETU in Carlow commented, “SETU is delighted that the work of Dr Theresa Lowry-Lehnen in our Carlow Student Health Centre has been rightfully acknowledged at the Irish Healthcare Centre awards. Theresa’s excellent work with our team of GPs and the team in Student Services provides an optimal service that supports our students’ health and well-being.”

Speaking about her win, Theresa Lowry-Lehnen commented, “I am delighted to accept these awards and to represent SETU in my work as a nurse practitioner. These awards highlight the excellent work of the student services department at our Carlow campus. It is also wonderful to see this recognition for the outstanding work being carried out at third-level student health centres nationally”.

Theresa has worked with SETU (formerly IT Carlow) for over 14 years and has a longstanding history of excellence in her field. In March of this year, Theresa was presented with the prestigious Nurse Educator award by Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health, at the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association’s (INCA) 25th Jubilee. This is INCA’s scientific conference and excellence awards ceremony. The award is dedicated to a nurse who has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to nursing and education in Ireland.

Theresa previously won the Nursing Project of the Year award at the Irish Healthcare Centre Awards in 2019, and the Practice Nurse of the Year award at the Irish Healthcare awards in 2020.

Theresa Lowry-Lehnen, nurse practitioner at SETU in Carlow accepts Irish Healthcare Centre Awards in recognition of her work at the annual ceremony held in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.