Wexford STUDENTS were among those honored recently for successfully completing four years of study at South East Technological University (SETU).
n all 39 SETU B.Sc. graduates. (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing were recognized at ceremonies following the completion of the course which included 80 weeks of clinical placements at HSE/South East Community Healthcare Mental Health Services.
Concluding their fourth year of courses and a continuing 36-week placement with HSE/South East Community Healthcare (SECH), 18 of the students from Waterford and Wexford Mental Health Services received their qualifications at St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.
A similar presentation ceremony was held for 21 students from Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary Mental Health Services at St. Canice’s Hospital in Kilkenny.
Upon completing their training at the HSE in the coming weeks, which began in September 2018, the 39 participants will register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as psychiatric nurses.
Speaking at the ceremony in Kilkenny, Irene Ryan (ESCN Nursing Practice Development Coordinator for Carlow-Kilkenny/South Tipperary), thanked all the students for continuing their education during the unprecedented time of the pandemic.
“They were instrumental in providing the highest possible standards of care in mental health services at this time,” Ms Ryan said.
“They have both our sincere gratitude and our admiration for their commitment,” she added.
Speaking at the Waterford ceremony, Ursula O’Neill (SECH Nursing Practice Development Coordinator for Waterford/Wexford) also praised the students.
“We are delighted that these students have chosen this career,” she said.
“Psychiatric/mental health nursing is a specialized area within the health profession,” she added.
“It involves an interpersonal and caring process that recognizes the uniqueness of each person. The psychiatric nurse is concerned with the promotion of mental health, the prevention of mental illness and the provision of care to people with mental health problems.
The ceremony at St. Canice’s Hospital was delivered by SECH’s Carlow-Kilkenny/South Tipperary Mental Health Services Region Director of Nursing, Avril Nolan, in addition to respective Clinical Placement Coordinators, Emer O’ Donnell (South Tipperary), Claire Fitzgerald (Kilkenny) and Helen Heffernan (Carlow).
The ceremony at St. Patrick’s Gateway was also delivered by SECH’s Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Services Area Director of Nursing, Kasia Nolan, and Clinical Placement Coordinators John Fitzgerald (Waterford) and Marilyn Vereker ( Wexford).
Also in attendance were Joan Croke Power (Assistant Director of Nursing) and Colman Noctor (Speaker, Department of Nursing and Health Care, SETU).
A spokesperson for HSE/South East Community Healthcare said it was working closely with SETU to facilitate clinical placements across a diverse range of mental health services. This includes work in the Department of Psychiatry’s acute mental health inpatient units and residential units for elderly psychiatry and rehabilitation centers.
There are also placements in other high, medium and low support residences, day hospital services, specialized nursing support in acute care hospitals such as emergency services liaison services and participation in community mental health teams and other community supports and services based in and from primary care centres. .
The spokesperson said the diverse training offered in the Southeast to psychiatric nursing graduates provides a solid foundation for students to grow professionally and make lasting contributions to the delivery of quality, safe mental health care. and effective at local, national and international levels.