Previous Study Abroad Experiences
Our goal is to collaborate together in research, education and service. Health systems,
cultural competence, scope of practice, and graduate nursing education are priority
subjects by partnering with university Schools of Nursing in the host country. Two
key partnerships are with the Australian Catholic University on Melbourne and the
Evangelische Hochschule in Nürnberg. Our German colleagues visited our College of
Nursing in 2013 and will return to visit us again in September 2017.
Summer 2016 - Sydney, Australia
While in Sydney, students studied power differentials between diverse populations
and healthcare providers, with particular attention on Aboriginal peoples of Australia.
In Cairnes, students discussed and heard from biologists about our carbon footprint
and environmentally responsible healthcare practices. In Melbourne, students experienced
the public and the private health system visiting 5 different hospitals and agencies.
The most exciting was the public Royal Children’s hospital with a 4 story aquarium
and a meerkat exhibit, movie theater, library and state of the art play therapy. It
is considered to be one of the 5 best pediatric hospitals in the world.
Summer 2016 - London, England
N398 traveled to London to study the history of nursing. A visit to the Florence Nightingale
museum gave perspective to the progress of nursing from our beginnings. Amber Williams
and Ann Scott took 8 students 7 nursing majors and 1 international business major
for a week-long trip to London England May 16-22. The title of the course was Nursing
and Healthcare in London with a focus on a study of the evolution of nursing, nurse
education, culture, and the healthcare system in London, England.
Our tour guide was a RN from England (he practiced as a travel nurse during the winter
months in Asia and worked as a tour guide during the summer months. The week involved
a combination of sight-seeing and educational information. Each student prepared a
short presentation on a topic such as nursing education, culture, healthcare, etc.
and then presented to the group while abroad. N398 visited the Welcome Museum where
the students learned about the history of modern medicine in the UK. We also visited
the Florence Nightingale Museum and The Royal College of Physicians where historians
lead us on a walking tour of the college and museum where the students learned about
the advancement of medicine over the past 2000 years. The students also spent one
morning speaking with a nurse in a Q/A style meeting, where she answered questions
about hospital staffing, types of nursing jobs in England, and she described the pros
and cons of socialized medicine.
N398 also did many fun tourist attractions including seeing Buckingham Palace, Windsor
Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, shopping, local markets, and of course visiting an English
Summer 2013 - Nuremberg, Germany
Munich was the initial site to learn about medical ethics and experimentation. N506
studied nursing during World War II, Dachau, the Nuremberg Trials and concepts of
patient privacy in healthcare. N506 experienced Germany’s Bismarck model of the public
system of healthcare in acute, long term care and pediatric settings.