Study Abroad Pro­gram Includes Meeting with Fmr. Boston Police Com­mis­sioner Kath­leen O’Toole

A group of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity nursing stu­dents and their two pro­fes­sors will spend three weeks in Dublin exploring the public health care system as it impacts vul­ner­able pop­u­la­tions in Ire­land, and com­paring it to that of the U.S. The group’s itin­erary also includes spending a day with former Boston city police com­mis­sioner, Kath­leen O’Toole, who is now the chief inspector of Ireland’s national police force.

The trip is the second half of a summer term that com­bines the clin­ical com­po­nent with class­room instruc­tions and field assess­ment in both coun­tries, focusing on nursing care for under­served groups, as well as eth­ical and other rel­e­vant issues in health­care here and overseas.

Today, we have to look at public health on an inter­na­tional scale,” says Ann G. Hill, Clin­ical Instructor at North­eastern University’s Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences and one of the pro­fes­sors accom­pa­nying the stu­dents on the trip. “This trip is an invalu­able oppor­tu­nity for our nursing stu­dents to learn from top offi­cials and edu­ca­tors of another country about their health­care system and to get an inti­mate look at how their vul­ner­able pop­u­la­tions are affected by it.”

During the three week trip (June 1-​​June 23), the 19 stu­dents and their two pro­fes­sors will learn about public health issues, such as poverty, home­less­ness, addic­tion, infec­tious dis­eases and mental health issues through field visits and face-​​to-​​face inter­ac­tions with those affected by them. They will also have the oppor­tu­nity to meet with sev­eral Irish public health offi­cials and nurse edu­ca­tors to learn about public health policy, as well as stan­dards and prac­tices in nursing care.

Plan­ning this trip has been a great expe­ri­ence due to the over­whelm­ingly helpful and wel­coming coop­er­a­tion from our Irish coun­ter­parts,” says Mar­garet Chris­tensen, Asso­ciate Pro­fessor in Bouvé who’s also accom­pa­nying the group to Dublin. “The stu­dents are looking for­ward to this amazing, first-​​hand learning expe­ri­ence and we hope to get the chance in the near future to show the same hos­pi­tality to our vis­iting Irish friends.”

The stu­dents – who had to apply and inter­view to be part of this pro­gram – will be required to record their expe­ri­ences in a journal throughout the trip, com­bined with a photo essay and give pre­sen­ta­tions both in the class­room and at regional nursing forums upon their return.

For more infor­ma­tion about this trip or other study-​​abroad pro­grams at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, please con­tact Laura Shea at 617–373-5427 or at l.​shea@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.