Nursing students exchange Swansea for Nordic countries
Second year nursing students based at Swansea University are enhancing their knowledge and skills by undertaking part of their training in the Nordic countries.
A group of 13 students will be setting off to Finland and Sweden on January 20, as part of the European Socrates-Erasmus Exchange Programme. They will be studying at Jönköping University in Sweden or Helsinki’s Diaconia University of Applied Sciences in Finland for two weeks, before spending 10 weeks on a clinical placement in a Swedish or Finnish nursing home or hospital.
Cassam Tengnah, International Co-ordinator at Swansea University’s School of Health Science said: "Thanks to the Socrates initiative our students can add another dimension to their educational experience.
"Not only do they get the chance to live and learn in another country, but they are also provided with a great opportunity to experience care delivery within a different cultural context. It will enable these nurses to further respond to the cultural diversity that exists at home.”
Adult Nurse student Anthony Beynon, 19, from Suffolk, is looking forward to the exciting challenge at Jönköping in Sweden.
He said: “It’s going to be a great experience to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between nursing in Sweden and the UK. It will provide me with a greater insight into nursing care on a much wider scale.”
Child Nurse student Billie Coverly, 20, from Northamptonshire, was first in the queue to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.
She said: “I love travelling and I’m looking forward to the challenge! I’m also looking forward to experience health care on a different continent and care for children who speak a different language.”
For more information about the School of Health Science at Swansea University visit http://www.swan.ac.uk/health_science/.