Penn Nursing '21 Nora Hennessy

GRIP: Research in Ireland

Program Abroad:

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Ask me about...

  • Traveling around Europe for the first time on my own - It was a great way to set my own schedule and decide what I wanted to do and when to do it.

  • Time management - balancing work with travel and fun

My Experience Abroad:

While in Dublin, I worked on nursing research for two months. I mined six major databases to create a qualitative systematic literature review. This experience has prepared me for the research course in nursing that I will be taking in the spring. Additionally, it taught me that I am interested in the research field, and I could see myself pursuing a career in nursing research in the future.

Other Highlights:

  • I loved hiking in Wicklow National Park, Ireland and Arthur's Seat, Scotland.

  • I was able to go to 3 spirituality in healthcare conferences and meet the leaders in the field.

  • I loved living with a family in Kilternan and learning about school, sports, and daily life is like in Ireland.

  • I enjoyed getting to know the students from Penn that went to Dublin. We spent most afternoons and weekends together after work exploring, going to the gym, and watching cricket.

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