The School of Nursing and Midwifery held its International Winter School from 5th-16th January 2015. Nursing students along with faculty members from participating international universities travelled to Trinity College from the University of Scranton and California State University, Channel Islands to learn about nursing, midwifery and global healthcare issues. The Vice-President for Global Relations, Professor Juliette Hussey, presented the certificates and closed the International Winter School by highlighting the importance of building global relationships and having a forum for the international exchange for the future of nursing and midwifery.
The International Winter School programme provides participants with opportunities to explore the world of Irish nursing/midwifery and compare nursing/midwifery in the US with Ireland; learn about different healthcare structures and contemporary health problems in Ireland; meet Trinity College nursing students in a roundtable exchange of student experiences; meet leading researchers and discover what innovative practices are being developed; experience how culture, lifestyle and quality of life effect health in Ireland; as well as cultural visits to the historic Book of Kells, and contemporary exhibition on ‘Blood’ in the Science Gallery, Trinity College. The winter school includes visits to a variety of clinical areas in the Coombe, St James’s and St Patrick’s hospitals where our global participants can compare nursing and midwifery practice in Ireland with their home country. The programme is designed to offer international nursing students a great opportunity to combine learning about nursing in Ireland with an active educational programme which provides experience of clinical practice, lifestyle and culture in Dublin.
Among the comments about the programme, one student wrote: “This two weeks changed my life forever in the sense of becoming more broad minded to other cultures’ nursing practice. Amazing!” Another student highlighted the value of the opportunity to study Ireland’s health care system and its impact on making her a more well-rounded nurse. Students participated in a debate that served as a powerful learning tool to compare Ireland’s healthcare system with the United States.
The International Winter School is led by Professor Naomi Elliott, Freda Neill, Emma Duffy, along with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and welcomes students as part of on-going efforts to build global relationships in research and education.
First Published on the Trinity College Dublin Global Relations Office website on 19 January 2015.