Few nursing students get the rare opportunity to study their profession abroad, but that’s exactly what is available to students at one nursing school. Students at Saint Louis University are offered the once-in-a-lifetime chance to take the show on the road and spend their first two years of nursing school in Madrid, Spain. The Institute of International Education lauds the program and students of the School of Nursing are learning a great lesson in cultural ethics so deeply necessary in health care in the United States. SLU reports that the institution plans to award the school formally in the near future:
“It is one of 10 international programs that will be recognized at IIE’s award ceremony for the “Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education” at the Institute’s Best Practices in Internationalization conference on March 22 in New York.
SLU launched its international nursing program in 2003, offering courses at its Madrid campus that help fulfill the degree requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing degree. Opening international study to SLU nursing students, the program allows both U.S. and international students to work on their nursing degrees for two years in Madrid, then transfer to the St. Louis campus for their last two years of study.
While in Madrid, students take specialized courses to develop cultural sensitivity and learn Spanish, and gain clinical experience in Spanish hospitals and clinics.
The nursing courses taught in Spain mirror those in St. Louis and are closely coordinated between the two campuses. As many as 40 students enroll each semester in the study abroad program, which is the only one in the country that allows nursing students to graduate on time without having to catch up on missed coursework. It is attracting record numbers of students.” (Read more: Global Nursing Program Receives International Recognition.)
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