Posted on 20th March 2019
This March, we were very pleased to welcome nursing & healthcare students from Seminole State College Florida. We have been asked for many years to design a program that would be suitable for nursing/healthcare students, so with the cooperation of Program Manager of Nursing Lyne Chamberlain, and Program Manager of Health Sciences Robert McGraw, ISAI, and Barbara Prucha of Seminole State College designed our first short-term faculty led trip for nursing/health science students.
This was an interdisciplinary program which combined cultural issues in Ireland, such as poverty, social welfare and emigration, with workshops with medical and healthcare professionals working in Ireland. We are very grateful to Maria Gallo and our colleagues at St. Angela’s College of Nursing, Nursing professionals Angela McGonagle and Carmel Loughlin, and members of the Garda Síochana (police), Lifeboat, Ambulance Service, Fire Service and Coastguard Service, who made a fantastic contribution to the program. Thank you to Dara O’Malley-Daly from the Coastguard, Killian O’Kelly from RNLI Bundoran Lifeboat, Garda Yvonne Carolan, Paul Kelly Fire & Rescue and Niall Clancy, National Ambulance Service. Thanks also to moderator for the evening, Shane Smith.
But most of all, thanks to the wonderful students and faculty from Seminole State, who made this program an outstanding success. Some testimonials and photos below!
‘This trip exceeded my expectations. This was tremendous value for money, and an extremely enlightening customized program for our students’ –Lyne Chamberlain, Program Manager of Nursing, Seminole State College.
‘One word- Enlightening. Niamh’s ability to combine our primary focus to the humanities, art, politics and history was simply spectacular. I looked forward to the lectures every morning. We arrived ‘at’ Ireland, this program took us into Ireland. It was an experience never to be forgotten’. Robert McGraw, Program Manager of Health Sciences, Seminole State College.
‘This was a great opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the Irish people, and how this contributed to their healthcare system. We were provided with a unique view of rural and urban environments.’ –Beau Weaver, Seminole State College