Psychiatric nursing degree leads to forensic mental health job

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Conferring stories: Michael Barcoe

Conferring stories: Michael Barcoe

Michael has already found his dream job after college and shares his story of how his experience in WIT helped him there

Michael Barcoe graduated in 2019 with a degree of BSc (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing. He shared with us his experience in WIT and how it has helped him along the way to accomplish his dreams. He is now working in Dublin for a forensic mental health company. He was able to achieve all of this through his time in Waterford Institute of Technology.

The WIT experience

“It is a great experience to have and you should be open to trying new things. When you first get here, everyone is on the same boat, they’re new to this life so there’s nothing to be scared of,” he said. At the beginning, everyone is new to this. This is nothing new, it is a great opportunity to make new and long-lasting friends through this. It is easier to connect with others who are going through the same thing as you are.

Course work

As part of this course you have to do a placement for it. This is a mandatory placement. “I did it in Wexford/ Waterford, on and off for the last four years. I was doing a psychiatric placement; it was very helpful. It was a great experience to have and definitely worth the opportunity. It gave me a great insight into the type of work that’s done,” Michael said.

Classes and lecturers

“The classes were small enough and the lecturers are always extremely helpful. The classes were very diverse also, so there is a great diversity in class. Also, outside of class, the student union are great for helping. They have set up a buddy system to help out with people who need it,” Michael had said.

Interviewed at Conferring 2019 by Nyomi Curry

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Psychiatric Nursing

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