The second Nursing Careers Event in the Institute of Technology Tralee took place on Wednesday October 8th 2014. As part of this event, ten nursing graduates, who graduated from 2006 onwards with a BSc Honors in General or Mental Health Nursing from the IT Tralee, were invited to speak to the current final year nursing students, as well as the newly qualified nursing cohort. These graduates represented a wide variety of areas in nursing and health care from both public and private sectors, for example, midwifery, forensic mental health nursing, family support nursing, and emergency nursing, among others.
At such an economically challenging time, this event afforded students the opportunity to hear positive stories of graduate nursing careers. Students had the opportunity to ask the graduates about their specific career pathway. The students also gained invaluable information on applying for jobs, interview techniques and, planning their careers. The event coincides with Nurses Week, organised by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, which runs from October 6th-10th 2014. The aim of Nurse’s Week is to highlight and celebrate the role that nursing plays in our health services. It is clear from the success of this ‘Nursing Careers Event’, that graduates from both Nursing programmes in the Institute of Technology Tralee are making a valuable impact locally, nationally and indeed internationally.
Event organised by Caitriona Kelly.