SHU Receives Honorable Mention for its Global Nursing Program

News Story: January 25, 2016

Sacred Heart University’s College of Nursing study abroad program has received an honorable mention in the 2016 Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International education.

The IIE is an international education and training organization. It developed the Heiskell awards in 2001 to “recognize and honor outstanding international higher education initiatives conducted by IIE member universities and colleges.” The Heiskell Awards were presented in the following categories: study abroad, internationalizing the campus and international partnerships.

SHU received the honorable mention in the study abroad category for its College of Nursing study abroad program. Universities who receive this award provide “innovative programs and services to make study abroad more accessible to a broader student population,” according to the IIE.

“The SHU community is proud to be awarded a Heiskell award honorable mention in recognition of the opportunities we developed to extend access of a rich array of study abroad experiences for our nursing students,” said Carrie Wojenski, executive director of global affairs. “At SHU, we understand the importance of providing our students with the skills and experiences needed to serve our global community. The strides made in our nursing program are a testament to the achievability of a global experience for students in all degree programs.”

The College of Nursing study abroad program provides students with the opportunities to gain international experience. A three-pronged portfolio of study abroad nursing programs provides students with a choice of location of where they want to study and how long they want to study there for.

One part of the College of Nursing study abroad program allows students to take part in clinical field experiences in Jamaica, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to gain learning while delivering health care to developing countries. This program allows undergraduate, masters and doctoral nursing students to fulfill required clinical hours and internship requirements.

The College of Nursing has also invested in partnerships with nursing schools in Ireland and Australia to offer credit for short-term and semester-long study abroad opportunities so students with comparative health-care perspectives can connect with their counterparts in both countries.

The College of Nursing also has several partnerships with universities in target regions around the world to enable faculty members to conduct research and share expertise with colleagues in the Caribbean, north Europe and Africa.