Comparing Irish and American Health Care Systems

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Miranda Peterson was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but grew up in Henderson. She followed in the footsteps of her parents and returned to Bowling Green to obtain an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from WKU in 1995. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) in 2008 from USI and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at NKU in 2016. Miranda is a Certified Nurse Educator and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2014. She has a nursing background in Medical/Surgical, Pediatric, and Labor and Delivery. She taught Medical Surgical III, Senior Practicum, and Pediatrics at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, KY in an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Then had the opportunity to move back to Bowling Green, where she currently teaches Medical Surgical I, Maternal Child Nursing, and Senior Practicum in the School of Nursing at WKU. Miranda is also a member of several professional organizations: Sigma Theta Tau International, National League for Nursing (NLN), American Nurses Association (ANA), and Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA).

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Faculty:
Dr. Miranda Peterson (More Info)

Course:
Comparing Irish and American Health Care Systems

Program Dates:

Honors Credit:
Available

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
Health Care Administration , Nursing , Social Work

Course Description:
Anyone considering a career in healthcare will gain valuable experience in this class comparing American and Irish healthcare systems, including such topics as educational preparation, the Irish healthcare team system, the health concerns of Ireland’s vulnerable populations, and health indicators. Visiting healthcare locations such as Bon Secours hospital in Galway and Newtownpark House Nursing Home and Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, we will interact with both providers and consumers of healthcare to deepen participants’ understanding of how Irish and American health systems compare, while visiting historical sites to expand participants’ knowledge of how historical and cultural beliefs influence health practices.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
Our travels will include being on the coach and walking. There may be stairs to reach our destination. There may be uneven paths and hills. Expect 5+ miles per day.

Course Highlights:
Designed for undergraduates with majors or interests in nursing, healthcare administration, social work, or closely related healthcare fields. Anyone considering a career in healthcare will gain valuable experience in this class comparing American and Irish health care systems, including such topics as educational preparation of healthcare workers, Irish healthcare team system, health concerns of Ireland's vulnerable populations, and health indicators. We will interact with both providers and consumers of both Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s healthcare to deepen student's understanding of how Irish and American health systems compare, while visiting historical sites to expand participants' knowledge of how historical and cultural beliefs influence health practices. Anticipated field trips include: visiting healthcare locations such as Bon Secours Hospital in Galway, Newtonpark House Nursing Home, and Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin. As well as visiting historical sites such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Powerscourt House and Gardens, Belfast city tour, and Cliffs of Moher.