February 20, 2015
UDM is a collaborative ministry of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy. The goal of the Foreign Site Learning Experience was to help nursing students integrate the Mercy tradition within their self-identity as a professional nurse. Faculty members Catherine Corrigan and Andrea Kwasky assert that linking the Foreign Site Learning Experience to nursing concepts within the Mercy tradition has demonstrated amongst the students in the McAuley School of Nursing a deep self-awareness, a high level of understanding of caring, and a greater awareness and self-identification of 'nurses as leaders'.
McAuley School of Nursing Students (UDM) with Sr Margherita Roch and Dublin Mater Nursing students (in white
While in Ireland, the students and faculty attended a programme at Mercy International Centre, had a presentation from nurses at the Mater Hospital in Dublin as well as having the opportunity to exchange experiences as student nurses in both countries. The group attended a lecture by Mary Reynolds rsm on the history of nursing in the Mercy tradition, and participated in a workshop by Veronica Mangan rsm on the Mission of Mercy (Mercy University Hospital, Cork). The students also visited the Convent of Mercy in Trim where they were greeted by the Sister Brid and the community of Sisters with a sing-along and wonderful home-cooked desserts!
Feedback from students was very positive. Some students put together a YouTube video talking of their experience. (04:26)
Comments in the course evaluation included: