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St Angela’s College Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Welcome to Cabrillo College delegates from California

The Department of Nursing, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies (St Angelas College) recently hosted Deans and Professors from Cabrillo College, California.
Cabrillo College is a public community college offering Associate Degrees and Certificates in over 70 fields of study. The college was first developed and opened in 1959 and is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo a Portuguese ship pilot who, in 1542, led the first European expedition to explore the uncharted coast of California. The college has developed since then and currently has a student population of more than 14,000 students. The college transfers many of its students (after 35 years) to three nearby universities the University of California at Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, and California State University.
Over the years, Cabrillo College has become known and admired as an open-door institution that seeks to fill the educational needs of every segment of the community. Cabrillo is committed to quality and equity, and connecting learners to pathways that propel them from where they are to where they aspire to be, including: academic, personal, and career growth.
The visit provided Cabrillo College Academics with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with St. Angela’s College and the Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies and to explore joint opportunities for co-operation into the future as well as providing an insight into Irish and nursing culture.
Final year BNSc students gave presentations to the academics on health service provision, nursing, nursing education and the general nursing programme.
Academics from Cabrillo College graciously gave of their time and discussed leadership and their expertise in this area spanning many years in professional nursing. Dr. Edel McSharry hosted lunch in the Seomra Bia overlooking the tranquil and beautiful Loch Gile.
The visit to Sligo also included a formal reception in Sligo Town Hall hosted by Mayor Hubert Keaney. In his welcome address, Mayor Keaney spoke of the importance of relationships in facilitating common goals and supporting one another to educate a caring and informed society. The visit to the town hall was significant for the academics and they enjoyed conversing with Councillors including Rosaleen O’Grady (RGN; RM) and Seamus Kilgannon (Cathaoirleach).
Local Health Care partners hosted the professional academics and provided an insight into health care delivery in the acute setting, Mental Health Services and Primary Care in the HSE Saolta region.
The foundations for this visit were developed over a period of 12 years by Dr. Tamara McKinnon, when she was Professor of Nursing at San Jose State University (SJSU), California. Dr. McKinnon has previously collaborated with the Department of Nursing, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies and the Health Services Executive. A collaboration which led to students undertaking learning experiences in Ireland.
Congratulations to all involved in the collaborative working and pre-planning for the visit under the leadership of the following: Dr. Edel McSharry, Acting Head of the Department of Nursing, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies, Ms. Marian Ryder, Interim Director of Nursing, Sligo University Hospital; Ms. Juliana Henry, Director of Midwifery, Sligo University Hospital; Mr. Denis O’Brien, Assistant Director of Mental Health Services; and Ms. Maureen Howley, Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing.

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