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Alumni Story: An Interview with Caoimhe Goland Public Health Nurse

Friday, 14 July, 2023

Alumni Story Caoimhe Goland

Hi I’m Caoimhe!

I am a Public Health Nurse (PHN) currently working in the Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) Area 6 (CHO Area 6 represents Wicklow, Dún Laoghaire and Dublin South East Local Health Offices). I studied for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems. 

As part of my undergraduate programme, I trained in St. Michael’s Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. I graduated from the BSc General Nursing in 2015 and moved to St. Vincent’s Private Hospital working on a vascular and thoracic ward. I did both a postgraduate and masters programme in wound care and tissue viability during my time in St. Vincent’s Private Hospital.

I then returned to UCD to study a further postgraduate programme in Public Health Nursing in 2021. 

What did you study at UCD?

I studies the BSc in General Nursing in 2015 and the Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing in 2021.

What is your fondest memory from your time at UCD?

Making wonderful nursing friends who have remained friends for life. 

What led you to study nursing?

Nursing was something I always wanted to pursue for as long as I can remember. I think helping someone when they are at their worst or sickest is something that really is invaluable. 

What advice would you give to someone considering studying nursing?

If it is something you feel strongly about and want to do I would say go for it. It’s by no means an easy job but it is not without its rewards. 

What is the proudest moment of your career to date?

Graduating from my Masters was a very proud day for me and my family, although it was during the Covid pandemic, it was truly something I never imagined I would achieve. 

Did you witness anything during the pandemic which made you particularly proud to be a nurse?

I think the teamwork of nurses in general on the wards made me very proud. Nurses look out for each other and I think that is one of the most important things you can do for your colleagues.

What have been the most challenging aspects of your career?

I would have to say challenging myself to go back to college and further education. It can be difficult trying to work and also study at the same time, but if you manage your time well it is totally achievable. I also had support from some brilliant lecturers during my time in UCD which made the journey easier.

Who are the most interesting or helpful mentors or advisors that you’ve had?

I have had some very good managers over the years who have encouraged me to push myself and supported me in learning and education and also my nursing friends to share experiences with and support each other. 

Tell us a bit about your current life, family and hobbies.

Currently I am living in Dublin working as a Public Health Nurse, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family and my dogs. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I think the saying “what’s for you won’t pass you” is the best advice I have ever been given. I believe if something is meant to be then it will happen.

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