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'Tell Me About' Public Lecture Series 2016-2017


Date: Thursday 20 April 2017 5.15pm-6.15pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Title: Nurse Eleanor Hope Shackleton - more than Ernest's sister

Speaker: Sharon Greene, Archaeologist

One of the Antarctic explorer's adoring eight sisters, Eleanor shared more than initials with her famous brother. Training as a paediatric nurse and midwife at the beginning of the 20th century, the story of her long career shows the extent of her humanity, concern for others under her care and endurance in difficult circumstances.

Dr Sharon Greene, an archaeologist who specialises in the early medieval period, grew up close to the birthplace of the renowned Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in Kilkea, Co Kildare. A couple of years ago she began researching the lives of all the girls in this fascinating family whose own stories have been overshadowed by their famous brother.

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Tell Me About Public Lecture Series 2016-17: Lecture 5


Date: Thursday 25 May 2017 5.15pm-6.15pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Title: The Suffocation of Meaning in Asylum Seekers’ Life in Ireland: Re-Traumatising the Traumatised.

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Murphy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Lecture content: While pre-migratory trauma once dominated the causality discourse with regards to asylum seekers’ high susceptibility to mental health difficulties, there is now growing recognition that a myriad of post-migratory factors have an equally insidious impact on asylum seekers’ mental health. Drawing from her doctoral research, conducted with asylum seekers originating from nine African countries, Rebecca will discuss how the post migratory context in Ireland erodes a component of asylum seekers’ psychological wellbeing; namely the meaning in one’s life. Rebecca will outline how the Irish asylum system and reception conditions monitor and control the movement and behaviour of asylum seekers, force them into a state of near dependency, and severely reduce their capacity to enact personal choices, desires, goals, or dreams. She will  argue that the cumulative effect of such conditions suffocates the various sources from which we, as human beings, derive meaning in life, and can consequently lead to an erosion of asylum seekers’ self-worth, self-value, hope, and positive psychological wellbeing.

Bio: Rebecca Murphy (PhD, Msc, BA) is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. Her work focuses on mental health and features qualitative, participatory methodologies with ‘vulnerable’ and ‘hard to reach’ communities, including refugees, asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians, and people experiencing homelessness. 

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Student Nurses' Experiences of Volunteering in Belarus with Chernobyl Children's Trust

Date and time of presentation: Thursday 19 January, 5.15pm-6.15pm, Lecture Theatre 2.57

Presenters' profiles
Victoria Keegan - Senior Sophistor Mental Health Nursing
Margaret Monaghan - Senior Sophistor Mental Health Nursing
Stephanie Bryan - Senior Sophistor General Nursing
Rachel Brickenden - Senior Sophistor General Nursing
Emma Kelly - Senior Sophistor General Nursing

Synopsis of Lecture
This lecture will share the experiences and reflections that a group of student nurses had and made based on their trip in the summer of 2016 to Belarus with Chernobyl Children's Trust. Each of the students worked in a baby home, orphanage and summer camp over the course of their trip. This presentation aims to highlight the continuous plight of Belarusian Children 30 years on from the Chernobyl disaster and the valuable contribution made by volunteers who continue to support, visit and assist in any way possible.

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Three Centuries of Dublin Firefighting

Title: Three Centuries of Dublin Firefighting
Speaker: Mr Las Fallon, Firefighter, Dublin Fire Brigade
Date: Thursday 24 November 2016
Time:  5.15pm-6.15pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Biography: Las Fallon, a Dublin firefighter for over three decades, is the author of 'Dublin Fire Brigade and the Irish Revolution' (SDCC 2012) and 'The Fireman`s Tale: the burning of the Custom House 1921' (Kilmainhamtales 2015).
He has appeared on radio and TV documentaries on aspects of Irish fire service history with RTE, BBC, TG4 and various local radio stations. He contributed two pieces to the online Dublin Storymap history series. A Dubliner, he lives in Palmerstown.

Content: The talk will look at the history of firefighting in Dublin from 'Parish Pumps' and insurance company fire brigades through to the formation of a municipal fire service in 1862 and an ambulance service within that fire brigade in 1898. I will look at the brigades role in 1916 and in the War of Independence and speak of the role of the DFBs ambulances as well.
Las’s colleague District Officer Martin O`Reilly will  speak on the present day role of the DFB ambulance service and to give some information on the role played by the DFBs ambulance in making Dublin a safer city.

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Florence and the nuns

Title: Florence and the nuns – lessons from the nursing experiences of the Crimean war for healthcare today
Speaker: Mr Paul Shield, Counsellor / Therapist, National Counselling Service

Date: Thursday 27 October 2016
Time:  5.15pm-6.15pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Biography: Paul Shield graduated as a Psychiatric Nurse from Portsmouth University in 1994. While working in the West London Forensic Service, he studied for the Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Forensic Psychotherapy at the Portman & Tavistock Clinics [University College London, 1995-1998]. He completed a Diploma in Group Analysis [IGA, London 2012].
Paul has presented and published international clinical research on working with institutional healthcare issues while working as a Health Service Executive Counsellor/ Therapist in the National Counselling Service since 2000.
He has taught and developed mental health professional university programmes in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and was appointed Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin [2008-2013].
Paul has presented his research in the Trinity College Long Room Hub Postgraduate Programme and lectured on Trinity College extra mural courses.

Content: In 1854, fifteen Irish Sisters of Mercy set sail from convents in Dublin, Kinsale and Liverpool as volunteers to work alongside Florence Nightingale in Scutari Military Hospital during the Crimean war.
Press reports from the London Times newspaper war correspondents at the battlefield caused widespread outrage as to the poor care of wounded and dying soldiers; cholera and typhus were rife, the wards were disordered and filthy.
Traditionally, Florence Nightingale’s pioneering nursing insight and practical management skills have highlighted the potential damage that hospital care can inflict onto sick and injured patients.  The diaries of the Mercy Sisters provide a rich source of ‘reflective practice’ as we think about, and discuss, the complexity of contemporary care in which –“the hospital shall do the patient no further harm”
The presentation will explore, from a historical vantage point, how media and political pressure, conflict and confusion can run the risk of the hospital ceasing to be a ‘thinking place’.
The psychodynamic work of nurses Isobel Menzies Lyth and Julia Fabricus, writing in the 1990s, provides us with a focus on the specific anxieties of maintaining a ‘thinking place’ in contemporary healthcare delivery where followership is just as vital as leadership in the ‘mission of mercy’.

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All lectures will take place in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building at 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2. The lectures are offered free-of-charge however pre-booking is advised.