In 2015 Laura Moore from University College Dublin was Highly Commended in the Nursing and Midwifery category for her paper which explored the psychological implications of overweight and obesity on adolescents.
Laura is currently in Malawi also known as the warm heart of Africa volunteering by the beautiful lake as a nurse for an Irish NGO. Shortly after The Undergraduate Awards she graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours in Children’s and General Nursing and took up a position as a staff nurse in the national paediatric hospital in Ireland, OLCHC. Although she loved her time in OLCHC she felt compelled to address healthcare not only from a clinical nursing perspective but also from the socio-economic, political and cultural determinants of health especially in developing regions of the world.
As a result, Laura recently completed a Masters in Global Health in Trinity College Dublin where she did a thesis on the management of acute malnutrition in infants, particularly focusing on the barriers to the identification of acute malnutrition in infants aged less than six months old. At the moment, she is working on the publication of this in an academic journal while gaining practical experience to compliment the study here in Malawi. Although nursing in such a resource deficient environment is challenging she is gaining invaluable experience both in terms of nursing and development.
“The Undergraduate Awards was very influential in my decision to pursue my passion for global health, I found interacting with such motivated young people incredibly inspiring. Hearing about healthcare systems and their experiences within healthcare from their respective countries added fuel to the fire and confirmed my interest in global health. I still keep up to date with many of the UA candidates through social media and they continue to inspire me from each corner of the world.”
Travelling is a major component of Laura’s life in under 2 years she has travelled the UK, Belgium, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Spain, The Netherlands, Morocco and now Malawi. She doesn’t intend to stop travelling anytime soon with Australia and New Zealand next on her to do list.
Read Laura’s Highly Commended Paper on The Undergraduate Awards Library.