Service-Learning

8 Dec

There is a part of the NUin Program I like the most. That is service-learning. I think service-learning can not only help other people, but also teaches us to help other people and that is the most important because we should be willing to help other people who need help but not someone force us to help other people.

My placement is Mater Misericordiae University Hospital; it is in Eccles street, Dublin 7. There are many tasks like meeting and greeting patients and visitors, befriending patients, chatting and listening to patients and so on. I mean I like the organization and all these taks are good. My community is nice and interesting. I hope I can make new friends in my service-learning placement. I am nervous about that my english is not good enough to chat with the people there.

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is a charitable voluntary hospital and holds a unique place in the delivery of healthcare not only as the main charitable and voluntary general hospital serving Dublin’s north inner city. It providing healthcare to the rest of the country with its national and tertiary services. The Hospital was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1861 and opened on September 24th 1861. It is a university teaching hospital providing acute and tertiary specialist services. The population of its local catchment area is approximately 185,000. The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital has approximately 600 beds (at full capacity) including day beds.

For my experience of service-learning, I learned a lot knowledge that I never knew before like I learned how to clean the used bed; I learned how to treat patients and many other things. Also I made some new friends in Mater Hospital such as my supervisor. She always taught me many things I didn’t know before and I’d love to talk with her because she is very kind. I will miss this place and I hope I can see my supervisor again. I will miss her.

Min Luo

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