Cathriona grew up in Tipperary, and moved to Limerick to start her training as a nurse, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 and then qualifying as a Registered Midwife in 1990. She has worked as a General Practice nurse since 1997. Cathriona has continued to work on her professional portfolio during her career, as she feels we owe it to our patients to be well-informed regarding best practice and competency. She has completed 3 Diplomas in Asthma, Cardiac and Diabetes Care as well as a Certificate in Family Planning/Well Woman Care and a course in Clinical Excellence in Ear Care. She is also a certified Smear taker with Cervical Check.