What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
For my Leaving Certificate I chose Biology as my Science subject. This along with Home Economics allowed me to get a place on a Nurse training programme.
What is your education to date?
Following my Leaving Certificate I have completed several courses
A Certificate in Nursing from Letterkenny General Hospital,
A Higher Diploma in Midwifery from the University of Limerick (2 years) .
A Bachelors Degree in Midwifery from Trinity College Hospital (1 year)
A Certificate in Health Service Management from the University of Limerick (1 year)
A Diploma in High Risk Midwifery from Kings College University London (1 year)
I have also completed training in managing obstetric emergencies and have provided training to Midwives and Doctors on this subject. The courses I have taken have been focussed on improving my clinical knowledge and have allowed me to improve the level of care I provide to the women. It has also given me the opportunity to progress in my career as a Midwife
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
The degree programme in Midwifery was a big stepping stone for me in my career. This was my first opportunity to study at degree level. I was introduced to some very academic approaches to midwifery which I was able to take on board and bring back to my work place.
The additional courses I have taken on are Managing Maternity Emergencies . These have proven very beneficial as they have given me a very clear understanding of the management of the emergency . I then teach and train staff within my unit which I enjoy and it is an additional skill I have acquired.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
I wish to undertake a Masters in Health Services Management within the next few years. My current role as a midwife is in management and I wish to develop myself within this role.
I would also like to maintain some clinical input as this is a part of my role as midwife that I really enjoy.