Gosia Ochoka, a third year Applied Health Care student is winner of the prestigious HRB undergraduate Student Summer Research Scholarship 2019
The WIT Department of Nursing and Health Care has announced Gosia Ochoka as the 2019 Award Winner and recipient of the prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) undergraduate Student Research Summer Scholarship.
Gosia has currently completed her third year in the Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Applied Health Care at the Department of Nursing and Health Care.
Having qualifications in business and work experience in various areas, Gosia returned to college to change her career to what she finds meaningful and inspiring: the care of the older adults.
Gosia states that “returning to college was the best decision I have ever made. I’ve found my dream career path and finally feel that I am where I am supposed to be. I’m hugely proud of my involvement in research as an undergraduate student and I like to think that our small project will contribute to quality improvement in nursing homes”.
Nursing home focus
As part of this summer project, Gosia will be undertaking an exploratory study with health care professionals in local nursing homes. Dr Martina Gooney and Dr Annette Murphy from the department of Nursing and Health Care are Gosia’s academic supervisors for the HRB summer research scholarship.
It is anticipated that there will be many future positive outcomes for clinical practice and in academia as a result of this HRB summer scholarship.
The HRB Summer Student Scholarships support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during summer 2020. The purpose of the scholarship scheme is to encourage an interest in research and give students an opportunity to become familiar with research techniques.