Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and County Louth healthcare recruitment specialist, Servisource last week announced the launch of an new scholarship programme which will provide four third-year nursing and midwifery students at DkIT with €1,500 financial support as they progress through their degree.
As the demand for qualified nurses and midwives in Ireland continues to grow, the new Servisource Scholarship will provide continued motivation and additional resources to DkIT students at a critical point in their study.
In addition, the process of applying for these scholarships is also good practice for students as they are encouraged to reflect on their academic and practical successes to date and to consider their employment options for the future.
The scholarship programme commences in autumn and upon the return to class in mid-September, all third year students wishing to be considered for the scholarship will be asked to submit their applications in advance of the closing date on Monday, 3 October 2016. Applicants will be asked to complete a reflective essay outlining an experience or circumstance in which they have demonstrated kindness and compassion in care, in line with the nursing and midwifery standards and guidelines.
This includes the need for nurses and midwives to be competent, safety-conscious and act with kindness and compassion in their provision of safe, high-quality care.
The winning students will be announced on October 15 2016, after deliberation by judges from the DkIT Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies Department and Servisource.
Speaking today, Ann Campbell, President of DkIT said: “We are delighted to work with Servisource to develop this scholarship programme.
“In addition to receiving generous financial support from Servisource, our students will be exposed to the realities of presenting themselves professionally, communicating their skills and competences and evaluating their successes.
“This is invaluable experience that will undoubtably enhance their career prospects.”