Feedback from Belmont University students

I literally loved the presentation.

It was truly amazing.

I was moved by it …

Belmont University student

I recently gave a presentation to public health & nursing students from Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee) who were on a study abroad trip to learn about other healthcare systems in action.

Belmont University Study Abroad Students in TCD’s Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre

The title of my lecture was ‘Creating & (not?) Meeting Expectations: new thinking needed on nursing & midwifery in Ireland’. I briefly discussed how our ideas of nursing have been established historically (e.g. Florence Nightingale & Walt Whitman) & culturally (e.g. Leanne O’Sullivan – ‘Leaving Early’ & Eleanor Hooker – ‘The Man in Bed Eight’), and then – applying principles of close reading as taken from study of literature – used transcripts of some calls made to RTÉ’s Liveline during the extensive coverage of maternity experiences, to examine how those ideas & ideals are not sustainable, and what we might do to adjust our healthcare systems to modern healthcare expectations.

I’m pleased to say it was well received, as summarised here by the Director of Public Health Program at the College of Health Sciences & Nursing:

Thank you again for speaking to our public health and nursing students.  All of my students commented on how impactful it was to hear the patient testimonies you shared and thoroughly enjoyed the link between humanities and medicine that you so aptly illustrated.  

Director of Public Health Program, Belmont Univeristy

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