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New International School for US Nursing Students launched at Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery

Posted on 6 January 2014

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The School of Nursing and Midwifery has launched a new two-week International School specifically designed for US nursing students.  The programme is designed to offer international nursing students a unique opportunity to combine learning about nursing in Ireland with an active educational programme which provides experience of clinical practice, lifestyle and culture in Dublin.  The International School will run as a winter school in January and as a summer school in May and welcomed its first group of nursing students today (January 6th) along with a faculty member, Professor Pauline Hunter, from Channel Islands, California State University in the US.  

The International Schoolprogramme provides visiting students with opportunities to explore the world of Irish nursing and compare nursing in the US with Ireland.  Students will also have an opportunity to learn about different health structures and contemporary health problems in Ireland.  During the two week programme a round table event will allow US students meet Trinity College Dublin nursing students and offer a forum for the exchange of student experiences.  Students will also meet leading researchers and discover what innovative practices are being developed, experience how culture, lifestyle and quality of life affect health, and visit clinical areas to compare nursing practice in Ireland with their home country.   There will be a cultural and social aspect to the programme with visits to the Book of Kells and Trinity’s Science Gallery planned.

The initiative was led by Dr Naomi Elliott, Director of International Initiatives within Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, along with Freda Neill, Clinical Skills Manager.  Speaking about the initiative Dr Naomi Elliott said: “Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery welcomes visiting students undertaking the programme which forms part of building global relationships and we look forward to further international collaborations in the areas of research and education.”