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 Nursing and Midwifery has 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 Sweden.
Further information on Monash Abroad can be found at http://monash.edu/study-abroad
A number of our current students are taking this opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.