Service Learning
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Nursing in the Developed and Developing Worlds

Nursing in the Developed and Developing Worlds

Course Director: Dr. Dympna Casey

Dr. Dympna Casey (RGN, BA, MA) is a registered general nurse with expertise in care of the elderly and working in developing countries. She has worked in several different cultures including Australia, Sudan, Kosovo and Angola. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her specialist subjects include service learning, structured education, self management of chronic diseases, health promotion and research. She teaches across a range of programmes and supervises students undertaking research dissertations at postgraduate and PhD level. Her research interests include issues relating to service learning, culture and health, chronic illness, health promotion, and care of older people.

Student Nurses from National University of Ireland Galway, spending time nursing in Simanjiro Health Centre, Arusha, Tanzania, with Supporting Nurses Overseas. (CHY18006) Small video documenting time there, and travels to Ngorogoro Crater/Zanzibar afterward.

Course Title: Bachelor of Nursing Science Programme
Subject: Elective Module International Nursing/Nursing in Developed and Developing Worlds
Year: 2nd Year - 3rd Year
Participants: Up to 30 students
Hours: 125 hours subdivided into: 24 hours lectures/seminars; 101 hours student effort, preparation for placement, preparation for coursework.
Credits: 5 Ects
Length: Theoretical content delivered over one semester and a service learning placement takes place during summer period
Community Partners: Ranchoid Hospice, Kabwe, Zambia; Our Lady's Hospice, Lusaka, Zambia; Leprosy Clinic Ho, Ghana; Simanjiro Catholic Mission, Tanzania; Galway City asylum seeker centre, Salthill, Galway Traveller Movement and the Western Travellers Intercultural Development Centre Tuam .

The School of Nursing & Midwifery, through ‘Nursing in the Developed and Developing Worlds' offers students a service learning exploration, either in Ireland or abroad, on how aspects of culture influence the health of individuals as well as the delivery of health care. The module is delivered through 24 hours of theoretical content plus up to four weeks placement in a national or international setting. Predominantly students have chosen to undertake their service learning in Africa, namely Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. During their service learning experience students have worked with local communities in health outreach clinics, Leprosy clinics and in hospices caring for HIV+ clients. Students explore the concept of culture in its broadest sense, including ethnicity, professional and informal care delivery, Western and other approaches to health care, and how cultural differences can affect the healthcare professional in everyday practice.