Kerry student Michelle Enright gives insight into the life of an intellectual disability nursing student and what stood out for her when picking courses
Intellectual disability nurses work as part of a team to enable and empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential. The Intellectual Nursing Course is delivered in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art learning environment and students undertake clinical practice around the south-east region.
Role of an intellectual disability nurse
As an intellectual disability nurse, you are making sure individuals have the best quality of life, promoting independence and life skills. The smaller class sizes in WIT give students the opportunity to have a one to one learning environment. The facilities available allow students to be in a similar environment to a real-life working space.
Michelle who’s originally from Kerry saw the course as a perfect option due to the fact her sister was also a student in WIT and had a very good opinion of the college. Michelle explained at the time the points for the course were lower than most of the other colleges so WIT became very appealing.
She noted that although the points were lower, the course was just as difficult as any of the other colleges around Ireland, but all the hard work is worth it in the end. “I wouldn’t pick any other college the craic is 90 up here”
The ID nurses hit the ground running when they enter the college in first year. The students are thought over four years using the KSVSE (Knowledge, Science, Values and Attitudes, Skills and Experience) model. Michelle found this very beneficial because she was doing practical and theory learning straight away.
“There is plenty of work experience so by the first semester in first year you will know if you will like that tail of work or if you don’t like it. You’re out on placement and in college so it’s a bit of both every year.”
Michelle is currently working in Waterford as a staff nurse and got her job from the internship she did through WIT.