Ireland 2015

Travel | Coffee, Mail Merge & Tina Fey

July 9, 2015

Wednesday, July 8

It was hard to wake up Wednesday morning. We were all pretty tired out, but once we got up and moving, it was much better! Rory and I arrived at the Ulster Hospital and had about an hour before we needed to go meet our mentors. We grabbed coffee (lots of coffee!) to wake up and watched patients coming in and out of the hospital, discussing the differences in health care in Northern Ireland, Canada and America.

I had a new placement today at the hospital in the Corporate Planning & Consultation office. I am working with the Corporate Planning and Consultation Manager. I must admit, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about this area of work or what it specifically entailed. My mentor was very thoughtful and didn’t want to bombard me with too much information right away. She took me around and introduced me to everyone in the office and then briefed me on her role in the department.

I then read documents about Ulster Hospital’s corporate plan, consultation scheme and the Involving You program. A very unique aspect about this hospital is that it works hard to involve patients and staff in feedback sessions in order to improve care and service.

The purpose of the South Eastern Health and Social Care trust is:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the Trust are in partnership with others
  • Provide person-centred, safe and effective care
  • Respond to changing needs of patients, clients, carers and staff
  • Ensure best value for money

I grabbed lunch from the Golden Chip and had fish and chips. Vinegar and salt – yum! However, I ate about my day’s worth of food. Wow, they do not kid with portions around here! Am I complaining? No. #allthefood

After lunch, I worked on sending out letters to individuals and figuring out mail merge. Well, mail merge didn’t work out so well for whatever reason, but the letters were printed, the emails sent and everything turned out just grand!

Everyone is so kind. I have found that individuals are very willing to share, ask questions and talk (it reminds me of my own family!) and I am treated as an equal. Although I am from another country and a recent college grad, I am not deemed “entry level” or treated any differently. It is a very wonderful, welcoming way to learn, explore and broaden my worldview.

After a busy and rather long day, we headed back to the cottage. Some individuals took a nap and some of us grabbed a light snack and stretched out to rest. There was a piece of cheese in the shape of Minnesota. Now, if that’s not a reminder of my two favorite things, I don’t know what is!!!

We all decided to stay in and watch a movie together (Admissions with Tina Fey & Paul Rudd – hilarious!).

Pictured: Tina Fey playing me, after mail merge refused to work after a few attempts.

It was a good day, a lot of fun & I’m so grateful for everyone that I have the opportunity to see this beautiful country with! It is truly a joy getting to know everyone!

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FAVORITE, BOO-COUSIN-THANG! 24 is gonna be magical, Arlene!!! Love you! Click to choose your Irish hottie. Thanks, Buzzfeed! 

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  • Reply Arlene July 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you for the birthday shout-out, Bridget/boo-thang! The MN cheese made me laugh. And glad to see you came through on your promise of sending me an Irish hottie, haha.

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