NIU School of Nursing Presidential Teaching Professor Jeanette Rossetti ’02 and Associate Professor Kathy Musker have led a study abroad program “Exploring Ireland’s Healthcare System” since the summer of 2013.

Students learn about the history of Ireland’s health care system, attend lectures, tour hospitals and clinics, and visit the state-of-the-art simulation lab at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Part of the trip is spent in Dublin, where students stay at the historic Trinity College and then travel to the west and stay in the residence halls of NUIG. They also get to enjoy the culture of Ireland — visiting the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Book of Kells, which is located in the Trinity College Library in Dublin.

Students who have participated report a transformative and inspirational experience.

“It was a wonderful experience. It changed me as a person all around – career-wise and personality-wise,” said trip participant Natalie Werner, ’17.