Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Tomas Flanagan from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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  Tomas Flanagan

I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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General Nursing - DK870
 

This four year programme prepares students for their role as a registered nurse working with adults with a range of illnesses both in hospital as well as community based health care settings. 

All modules integrate theory and practice and include practice placements mainly throughout the North East region. These placements are offered in partnership with the HSE (North East), St. John of God North East Services, and other agencies which may be used for clinical placements.

Our programme consists of theory and practice placements, alternating throughout the semesters. The programme ends with a 36 week internship placement.


 

The subjects that you will study over the course of the four years can be grouped into five main themes to include:

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Supervised work placement is an essential component of this programme. The third year involves full-time placement in a general setting; Health Promotion Units within the HSE, Local Sports Partnerships, Health and Human Performance Laboratories, Sporting Organisations.


 

As a student on this programme you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitude needed to meet the specific needs of all groups of people with intellectual disability. Nurses who work with persons with intellectual disability have a diversity of roles, from intensive physical nursing of profoundly disabled individuals, to supportive guidance in the management and habilitation of children, adolescents and adults

Students are trained in St. Marys, Drumcar, Dunleer, Co. Louth.


Midwifery - DK877
 

As a student on this programme you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding needed to fulfil the role of a midwife. 

This course will equip students with the knowledge to: 

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The programme contains the essential elements that facilitate the development of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the nursing needs of individuals experiencing a range of feelings, problems and conflicts. 

The primary objective of psychiatric nursing is to facilitate the maximum development of the mental health of the individual who has psychiatric problems and to promote mental health in the wider community. 

 


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