With CAO applications due to be completed in February leaving certificate students are currently considering their career options. And so it is timely that the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Limerick (UL) hosts its second annual Nursing and Midwifery Open Day on Saturday January 16th. The event is open to school leavers, parents and teachers and kicks off in the Health Sciences Building at 11am with a number of short presentations followed by a tour of the fantastic facilities that nursing and midwifery students enjoy, including the clinical skills laboratories.
The Health Sciences Building is a state of the art purpose built facility that houses classrooms, a lecture theatre, laboratories, computer labs and a restaurant. Visitors on the day are given an opportunity to; meet with staff of the department, discuss the nursing and midwifery courses being offered by the department, explore the building, and to view the student accommodation on offer at UL.
Last year over 150 students and parents from right across Munster attended the open day some driving long distances to be there. They were not disappointed, as one parent commented 'we drove from Cork to be here and it was great, our daughter who would love to become a nurse really benefited from the day and with CAO just around the corner she is much more confident in her decision to put nursing as her first choice'.
The BSc. Nursing (General), BSc. Nursing (Intellectual Disability), BSc. Nursing (Mental Health) and the BSc. Midwifery are full-time four year degrees offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in conjunction with health service partners in the Health Service Executive (HSE) West and South East. Clinical placements with the HSE start from first year and run throughout the four years.
UL Spokesperson, Mrs. Bernie Quillinan, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery recently commented "Nursing and Midwifery, like many careers are currently facing difficult times despite unprecedented requirements for qualified healthcare staff. The quality of teaching of nurses and midwives in Ireland has for many years been widely respected as a leader in it's field. The facilities at UL not only give innovative learning environments but our links with our Health Service Partners are a vital part in the education of Ireland's future nurses."