A team of students from Dundalk IT has won third place in the final of Health and Safety Authority’s first ‘Occupational Safety and Health in Healthcare’ competition aimed at nursing undergraduates across Higher Education.
Teams battled it out to win at the final interviews held in Dublin. Third place was taken by Dundalk IT, made up of third year nursing undergraduates Grainne Miggin (captain), Rachel Cusack and Evelyn Farrelly. The aim of the competition is to provide an environment where undergraduate students can collaborate and work together to enhance, develop and embed their knowledge and understanding of occupational health and safety in a healthcare setting.
The competition involved posing a real life scenario using problem-based learning which undergraduate nurses had to address and make a submission to the Authority on.
“All nursing professionals need to have a sound understanding of occupational health and safety and be able to apply this knowledge in their everyday working life,” said Dr. Anne Drummond, Chairperson of the Authority’s Third Level Education Group.
“A safe working environment facilitates nursing professionals to provide optimum care which benefits both patient and carer.”
Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the Health and Safety Authority congratulated the Dundalk IT’s students and lecturers for their great achievement.
“The approach to the competition is based on problem-based learning which resembles professional life far more than many more traditional methods of assessment,” Joanne explained.
Feedback from students and their lecturers is that the engagement of working together with their colleagues is rewarding and enjoyable.”