Clinical Placements Overseas

“I have always wanted to volunteer. I find it unfair that the quality of the healthcare you receive is based on what country you are born in. I have a passion to be part of improving health in communities of developing countries."
- Michelle Roberts, BN student

Monash University and the School of Nursing and Midwifery have strong links with international universities not only allowing students the opportunity to obtain international clinical placements and complete this unit as part of their course, but also to gain an unique insight and experience in international markets both professionally and personally. Clinical placements take place in Brighton, Sweden and Toronto.

Further information on Monash Abroad can be found at http://monash.edu/study-abroad

A number of our current students are taking this opportunity.

2015 Experiences

Sweden

Samantha Rooney

I had such an incredible experience in Sweden!! The university we  were linked through was extremely organised and made us feel very  welcomed and supported. I had placement at two separate hospitals, one  in an abdominal surgical ward in an inner city hospital & the other  in the emergency department in one of the surrounding suburbs of  Stockholm. Both places were incredibly eye opening and it was really  beneficial to compare and contrast the extreme differences in health  care between Sweden & Australia. The language barrier was definitely  a hurdle I had to overcome, and in hindsight it would have helped to  arrive with a basic understanding of the Swedish language.

We  were a group of six Australian students (three from Monash and three  from Sydney University), and all travelled together on weekends and met  up before and after shifts when we could.

This has been an incredible opportunity for me and has definitely helped in my transition into becoming a registered nurse.

 

Samuel Rush

The Trip was amazing; I had the best time over there. I can’t  recommend this type of experience enough, I made some great friends with  the people I met over there, especially the students who came over from  NSW and the paramedics I was paired with. I learned a lot about myself,  my clinical skills, as well as a different way of doing things that we  do here, which may become invaluable in future years. My four-week  placement was split into two placements. The first was with Falck  Ambulance, One of three ambulance services in the Stockholm area. I was  there for two weeks, based out of a fire station in Hanninge a suburb  south of Stockholm and I was paired with two ambulance staff, Michael  and Mikael, who were very welcoming and treated me as a colleague.

For  my second placement, I was on an emergency trauma surgical ward at  Karolinska Huddinge, a hospital south west of Stockholm. It was set up  and run in a very similar to wards back home. I was paired with a buddy  nurse who gave me a lot of freedom. It was interesting see the  differences in how the wards and shift worked to dispensing of  medication.

On my time off I travelled around  as much as possible, I managed to travel to Finland by ferry and Hungary  for a couple of days quite cheaply.  All of the students that went did a  Contiki or some sort of travel tour afterwards. I travelled to Denmark,  Netherlands , England, and Spain in the weeks following my placement, I  got to spend Christmas in Madrid and New years in Amsterdam.

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Andrew Orellana

I worked in an emergency department of a hospital in Sweden. It was  incredible seeing how another health system operated and the differences  to Australia. Despite the language barrier, the nurses allowed me to  practice so many of my skills, which has definitely made me more  confident in entering my grad year this year.

I took the opportunity whilst on this placement to explore Stockholm, which truly is a beautiful city.

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2014 Experiences

Sweden

Michelle Roberts

My name is Michelle Roberts and I am currently a third year Bachelor of Nursing student at Monash University. I have been accepted for the international exchange program for Nursing that Monash offers. I will be travelling to Sweden at the end of 2014 where I am on exchange with Karolinska Institute. Here I will be completing a six week placement in a local Hospital. This experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in healthcare and the healthcare system of another country. The experience and knowledge I will gain from this opportunity will stay with me throughout my nursing career.

Update - December 2014

This has been such an amazing experience. Everyone is so nice and friendly. It has been so good here and the experience in the hospitals has been amazing as well.

Michelle Roberts 

Catherine Altson

Hi! My name is Catherine and I’m in my final year of study completing a double degree in nursing and emergency health (paramedics). I am so excited to be travelling to Sweden at the end of this year participating in the international exchange program in Stockholm. I love travelling and the idea of working overseas has always interested me, especially when I consider my career further down the track. I can’t wait to experience the food, culture and work-life environment as I fully immerse myself in Swedish culture for 6 weeks. Wish me luck!

Update - December 2014

Placement here is amazing! I just finished three weeks working with the ambulance and am currently working three weeks in the hospital in their short stay unit. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming, it has been a wonderful experience. I think it would be great if we could organise a reciprocal exchange in the future. This experience has definitely provided so many opportunities for me, it has been wonderful so far.

Catherine Altson

Emma Altamore

My name is Emma and I will be undertaking clinical placement at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. I am currently in my third and final year of the Bachelor of Nursing Practice at the Gippsland campus. I am very much looking forward to this experience as it will present many valuable learning opportunities and enable me to combine my passions for travel and nursing. I am excited to study within a foreign healthcare system and explore different nursing practices to enhance my knowledge and skills

Update - December 2014

I am having a fantastic time in Sweden so far. I have just finished three weeks placement at the emergency department and on Monday I start three weeks at the children's hospital in a ward called BIMA which is in between an intensive care unit and a normal ward. I am really looking forward to it, it will be an amazing experience. It's starting to get cold here in Stockholm, but no snow yet. It's a beautiful city.

Emma Altamore

Katelyn Hastings

My name is Katelyn Hastings. I am a fourth year Nursing and Paramedic student at Monash Peninsula. I have been accepted in the International Student Placement program and will be travelling to Sweden in November to take on a 6 week nursing placement. I am extremely excited for this trip as it will be a fantastic experience for not only my nursing profession, but also a fantastic way to experience the culture by living and working amongst it for an extended period.

Update - January 2015

My placements in Stockholm were absolutely fabulous. I could not have asked for a better way to finish my degree. I was fortunate to have three weeks in the Emergency Department and then three weeks with the ambulance service. I feel that I saw and was involved in the treatment of a huge variety of conditions, some that I have not yet seen back at home. I loved the opportunity to compare the way the Swedish health system works in comparison to Australia, and also noted a few differences in nursing procedures and techniques. The opportunity to live and work in Stockholm was amazing. I was able to meet many Swedish people and got to start living life like a Swed. Words cannot express just how appreciative I am for this entire experience and I will always remember my final placements as something so special!

Katelyn Hastings

United Kingdom

Hiromi Kobayashi

My name is Hiromi Kobayashi and I study a Bachelor of Nursing at Peninsula campus. I will be travelling to the United Kingdom through the International exchange program offered to third year students. I have always been passionate about nursing and I love learning its history. I believe this trip to the United Kingdom would be a rewarding overseas experience and a fantastic opportunity for me to learn new skills and improve the ones I already know. I am very excited to travel and grateful to be able to take part in this program.

Update - December 2014

I am having a fantastic time in Eastbourne hospital. I started my three week rotation in PACU and just finished my rotation in CCU last week. I really am enjoying the placement and the staff are fantastic. I am learning a lot from their system and how it is different from Australia.

Hiromi Kobayashi

Lucille Hazeldene

Hello, my name's Louie. I am in my last year of a Bachelor of Paramedics/ Nursing with Monash University Peninsula. After graduation I hope to pursue a career in Emergency Health, but meanwhile I work part-time at Gumbuya Wildlife Adventure Park and the MCG. I'm very excited to have been accepted for the Clinical Exchange Program with Brighton University, with which I will work for 6 weeks as a nurse in a British hospital. Greatly looking forward to this program, mostly because it will offer valuable learning opportunities for my continual professional development and broaden my view of Emergency Health.

Update - December 2014

The UK exchange just ended Friday - it was absolutely fantastic!!  All three of us rotated for three weeks each on two different wards - CCU and PACU - Coronary Care, and Post Anaesthetic  Unit.  It has been really great to work along side the English nurses, everyone has been very welcoming and supportive.

Lucille Hazeldene

Bernadette Pulis

My name is Bernadette Pulis and I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor of Nursing. I am twenty years old, love travelling, playing netball and volunteering at Bonbeach Lifesaving Club. I am travelling to England for the International Exchange Program, completing six weeks of clinical placement. I am looking forward to this experience as working in the United Kingdom will give me the opportunity to embrace a different culture of health, learning and living, seeing firsthand how nurses in the UK can make a great difference in providing such vital healthcare.

Update - December 2014

I am having a wonderful time! I have a great placement timetable for the six weeks. I had my first three weeks in PACU and today I started my next rotation in CCU. The nurses have all been wonderful and excited to have Australian students. They are all willing to teach and educate me and give me the best learning experience. I have visited the University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus where I completed a Manual Handling Session, as well as a Resuscitation Session at the hospital. I am also going to the University of Brighton, Falmer campus this week. I will be giving a presentation to the Nursing students of the Eastbourne campus about healthcare in Australia soon.

Bernadette Pulis