Nursing in Nepal – international placements
As part of our commitment to providing a global perspective to nursing and midwifery education, we offer a range of international English-speaking exchange placements to our nursing (adult, child and mental health), midwifery and paramedic practice BSc students.
All of our international placements are fully supported and academically credited.
Children’s nursing student Sabrina Barnes took an international placement to Nepal last year, and this is what she said about her experience…
In May 2017, I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Kathmandu, Nepal on placement in three different paediatric wards; general medicine and surgery, neonatal intensive care and paediatric intensive care.
In this time, I was able to learn how different the Nepali culture was and both the differences and similarities between nursing in Nepal and the UK. I was also able to learn a lot about myself and my own nursing practice, and share some of my experiences with the Nepali nurses.
I had never travelled alone before so even before I got to Nepal, I had done something new and when I got there, I was able to meet lots of other nurses doing exchange placements from across the world. This enabled me to learn about other people’s experiences of healthcare. I also met friends that I recently went travelling with to Pokhara, Nepal for the weekend.
My experience in Nepal taught me a lot about family centred care and I have been able to take this in with my nursing practice as a qualified nurse. In particular my time on the intensive care unit in combination with my second year placement on HDU, inspired the title of my dissertation, which had a focus on supporting family involvement in intensive care environments.