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Nursing Childrens & General - Integrated - Standard

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Date of Review Sep 16, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
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Student Type Traditional
From Dublin Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I have always wanted to work with people and help them! I have a caring personality and so I though that a profession where I get the chance to care for people would suit me!

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

It suits my personality! It's an interactive course, you aren't stuck in a lecture hall all day every day, you get the chance to go to the clinical skills labs and practice skills you'll get to put into practice during your clinical placement!

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

21-25hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

Off

If off campus, does this affect you and how?

Lectures are in the trinity school of nursing and midwifery on D'Olier Street, it's right beside the main campus so it doesn't really effect me at all! Tutorials and clinical skills labs are in the trinity building out in St James' hospital, it is a bit awkward to get too and means the journey is a bit longer but it's ok, for anyone who will be doing their clinical placement in St James' Hospital it is good because they get used to the journey and the frequency of the bus or Luas so they know how long it will take them to get into the hospital in the Koenig before they start their placement!

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

The clinical placement is brilliant! You get the chance to work in the hospital on all these different wards! It makes the study and understanding of lectures and labs so much easier because you get first hand experience and have seen the stuff in person! As well as that is it really helps you make sure that it's the job you want to go into! When I did my placement, it assured me that I was definitely doing the course that was meant for me and one I would always enjoy, and for some people it made them realise it wasn't a profession they were suited to and so didn't waste their time studying a course for years when they qualify that they don't like it! I also loved the labs, they were definitely my favourite classes of the week cause we got to actually do stuff, we didn't just sit there listening!

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

For me it's a lot of work because I have a part time job and play sport for two clubs so there isn't a lot of time for assignments and directive learning! This wasn't a big deal during the regular semesters when I was in classes but during placement it was tough because I was working the same amount of hours as a full time nurse does per week and I was also working maybe 20 hours at the weekend and training etc. while still being expected to do evaluations and assignments etc! Also, the class size us very big during the shared nursing modules so it was sometimes very difficult and uncomfortable to ask questions cause there were son many people listening and if you were near the back of the class you would have to shout your question.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

Wish I had known how big the classes were

Why?

The libraries in trinity college are so good! There are so many books related to each subject! It is easy to find a book related to what you want to learn about using the library website Only problem is that for the nursing students there are a lot of books related to the course in the library in St James' Hospital so if looking for a few books it might be necessary to go to the libraries on campus and then have to get the Luas to St James' hospital for another book! Find a book related to a topic you wanted, where you could find it and if it was available on the library website! The group rooms in the library were great for group projects because you could speak freely without being afraid you were disrupting other people!

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

No

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Yes

If no, why not?

The gym for all students is very accessible! I'm not in any of the college’s sports teams but play sport for clubs outside of college and for training during the winter the college gym was very handy and a good standard of gym!

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Why?

If you are able to everyone should be part of some sports team! For the social aspects, friendships, nights out! And also for health reasons, if you’re a member of a team you are forced to keep active at least a couple times a week!

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

€60-80

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

No

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