Student Stories

Nursing (Mayo Campus) - Maria Staunton

I commenced the BSc. (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing in 2014, and graduated in November, 2018.

Following this, I commenced working in Mayo Mental Health Services as a staff nurse. I am currently placed in Mayo University Hospital.

Although it posed many challenges, I thoroughly enjoyed my course. The module which I enjoyed most throughout the 4 year programme was the clinical practice placement module. This module consisted of work experience in various mental health settings, ranging from inpatient based to community facilities.

I also enjoyed the Biological Science module. It links the theoretical learning to both your nursing practice and clinical skill development.

The GMIT experience was a unique, positive one. It was very different to anything I had experienced before. GMIT offered me with many opportunities for social outings and events, becoming a part of the GMIT community and making friends for life.

What stood out most for me throughout my training, was the welcoming nature of GMIT as a whole, from the students union and sports office, student services, chaplaincy and counselling services and lecturers alike. I involved myself a lot with the different clubs and societies.

One particular club which I was involved in was the Ladies GAA club. We had many great days out at different competitions and events, all while making life long friends.

For one year, I was nominated as the club’s and societies officer. I learned a lot from this role and am grateful for the skills I have taken away from it. For now, I am hoping to gain experience in my field of study, with the hopes of travelling and completing further studies in a specialised field.