Wednesday, July 15
Our morning started out early as we prepared for our second week of placements at various locations in Northern Ireland. I had my placement with an individual who works in the department for Safe and Effective Care at Ulster Hospital. He explained the various ways in which he conducts research to determine how patients can be involved in their healthcare experience. The material learned was incredibly interesting, especially as he explained how he creates surveys and analyzing statistics based on research. We talked for about 5 hours, pouring over materials. My mentor shared personal accounts of working night shifts in the Emergency Room during “The Troubles”, which proved to be startling. In his words, “I had grown up in this. I didn’t know anything else, so it was ‘normal'”.
I ended my placement at 2 p.m., so I took the bus to Belfast City Centre to transfer and catch a bus to Downpatrick. I went to the St. Patrick Centre to make a few purchases and joined Hannah, Ciara and Dr. Campbell for a bit before heading out to pick up Rory and go to the cottage.
When we got to the cottage, we made dinner and rested a bit. We then got ready for a night in Belfast!
We went to Filthy McNasty’s (yep, that’s the name) and it was so much fun! There were different rooms, all with various themes.
We enjoyed the music, conversations and nightlife in Belfast as reflected on the closing of our trip in Northern Ireland. It has been a blast getting to know everyone and I am so grateful to have traveled with such a wonderful group of individuals! As Dr. Campbell told us: “It’ll all go by so fast and feel like a dream!”