Recently a group of 12 students from the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA, visited Galway Hospice as part of an international cultural study regarding healthcare. The group was under the direction of their professor, Dr. Joan Borst. Dr. Borst has been bringing students to learn about the care process at Galway Hospice for many years, and each year feedback from Professor Borst and her students is that the visit to Hospice has been a joy and a great learning opportunity about the multidisciplinary dimensions of hospice / palliative care, and the role of compassion in healthcare. The students are studying towards Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work.
Each year Galway Hospice arranges a comprehensive educational programme for the students, including interaction with Day Care patients at the hospice. Galway Hospice is delighted to be partnering with the School of Social Work in facilitating this annual study visit. Some years, when time allows, the students have spent additional time in a number of volunteer roles at the hospice. The students have consistently proven to be exceptionally interested and committed to the optimum learning experience. They are a credit to their School, their professor, their families, and themselves.