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Irish nursing expert visits Saint Xavier University

Looking for ideas for new nursing program in Ireland

Chicago (July 18, 2006) – Irish nursing expert Nuala Walshe visited Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus recently to consult with the School of Nursing faculty and tour Saint Xavier’s facilities.

Walshe, who is the clinical skills manager and a faculty member at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, visited Saint Xavier University, as well as Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, to get ideas about curriculum for a School of Nursing at her university.

Nursing programs in Ireland are transitioning from hospitals to universities, much like programs in the United States did in the 1950s. Walshe said she is looking for ideas on how to integrate clinical nursing skills into a university curriculum.

“We want to prepare them the best we can before we send them out on clinicals,” Walshe said.

Kay Thurn, associate dean of Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing, and Suzanne Kimble, associate professor of nursing at Saint Xavier, first went to Ireland last year with some Saint Xavier nursing students studying hospice and palliative care, which began in Ireland. 

Thurn and Kimble met Walshe in May 2006 when they took another group of 22 Saint Xavier students to Ireland through Saint Xavier’s Center for International Education. When Thurn learned that Walshe was coming to the United States in July visiting the other universities, she invited her to visit Saint Xavier as well.

“Everybody’s been so welcoming and friendly,” Walshe said of her first visit to Chicago.

Thurn said she hopes fostering such relationships will enable Saint Xavier to provide students with more nursing and health-related opportunities abroad. Saint Xavier currently has one nurse practitioner student in Galway, Ireland. Next year, Thurn said she hopes to have Saint Xavier nursing students “shadow” nurses in Ireland under the program.

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high-quality academic programs. It has the oldest accredited baccalaureate nursing program in the state and graduates more African American and Hispanic nurses than any other baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Saint Xavier offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.


Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston
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