Graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Education)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway
My name is Rachael Comer. I work as a staff midwife in a Gynaecology ward in the West of Ireland. I love working in Women’s Health and in particular enjoy educating women about their care, and being a preceptor to student nurses and midwives. This motivated me to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Education) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway.
I thoroughly enjoyed this programme as it provided me with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to educate nurses and clients, using different teaching methods to improve engagement with learning. At times I did find the course challenging, as it made me think about education in a different way and pushed me to try new and innovative ways of teaching. Overall though the experience was really great and having lecturers who are encouraging and motivating contributed to a wonderful learning experience.
I now feel more confident as an educator and this programme has opened up further career opportunities for me. Now as well as working in the clinical area I also work as a part-time lecturer. Long term, I hope to return to the National University of Ireland, Galway to complete my PhD.