The College of Nursing supports global educational experiences for all degree levels. We embrace the university’s philosophy of forming educated citizens in an inclusive, globally-connected society and serve others, especially the poor and suffering. There is a variety of program offerings to meet the diverse needs of our students. Our goal is to expose our students to global health issues, diversity, social justice, and healthcare development for disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad. Our study abroad opportunities affords students to learn about the nursing profession in a global context. Our global clinical opportunities use a service learning framework that envelopes our academic programs with community service in combination with critical, reflective thinking.
In 2016, the College of Nursing Global Educational Programs received Honorable Mention for the Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education.
An exciting semester-long study abroad program for First Professional Degree nursing students is offered at our partner university, University of Notre Dame. Students live and learn within a globally diverse student population at the UNDA’s Freemantle campus, a picturesque 19th century city located in the Western Australia. This experience is designed for Junior nursing students in their Fall semester to take 3 nursing courses in addition to other required courses for a seamless plan of study. Students take nursing courses with Australian students and attend clinical observations in maternity, which helps build a professional identity with a global perspective. Upon completion of the Australian semester, the students will return to the SHU campus for one week in December to conclude the clinical portion of the maternal-newborn nursing course at an affiliate hospital to fulfill the one-credit clinical requirement. There are many opportunities for travel and extra-curricular activities to explore that area of the globe.
The College of Nursing offers a unique study abroad program at SHU’s beautiful campus in Dingle, Ireland. There are two distinct opportunities for the First Professional Degree nursing students to study in Dingle.
The first option is a full semester during the Sophomore spring semester. This experience designed for Sophomore students offers nursing students a seamless continuation of the nursing curriculum, graduating within the usual four-year time frame. This program provides students with an unparalleled experience that promotes both personal and academic growth. Students will take 2 nursing required courses, in addition to taking 3 other courses that fulfill their nursing plan of study. The nursing courses, health assessment and pathophysiology, will be offered in small class and lab sizes, held to the same rigorous quality, and facilitated by the SHU nursing faculty. Nursing students will have the incredible opportunity to complete their clinical requirements in an Irish hospital with an Irish nurse preceptor.
In addition to Spring semester study, students can take a 3-credit course designed for rising senior nursing students in the May two-week session. The Nursing Leadership course provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn about professional nursing issues and trends through a global lens, participate in clinical experiences, join Irish nursing students in an integrated nursing module, and learn about the local Irish culture. Nursing Leadership is a required course in the plan of study.
Global Clinical Opportunities
Our clinical field experience in Berekum, Ghana is offered to students in the First Professional Degree, RN-BSN-MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader, and DNP programs. The program’s focus is on caring for patients across the lifespan in an acute care hospital as well as outpatient clinics, whichever is applicable to their program. The participants will work alongside faculty and Ghanaian nurses and physicians to care for the regions people, using native resources while practicing with an interprofessional team. The location for the program is in the northeast part of the country in Sunyani region, nestled on a college and hospital campus – Holy Family Nursing and Midwifery Teaching College and Holy Family Hospital. The program will allow students to be immersed in the rich local African culture while practicing healthcare. One field experience will be a visit to a slave castle to understand the perilous journey of slaves and the connection to America. Unique to this program is that Sacred Heart University’s College of Nursing has been working with this college for several years, educating their faculty to receive their MSN Nurse Educator’s degree.
The first program offering will take place in November 2019.
The College of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing students an opportunity to travel to Central America, specifically the city of Antigua, Guatemala, in collaboration with Iglesias del Camino, to provide free healthcare to the surrounding impoverished communities. Antigua is located in the Panchoy Valley, a picturesque Spanish colonial city with cobblestone streets and volcanos overlooking the town. The intra/interprofessional team travels biannually and includes nursing students, faculty, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and alumni. The focus of the one-week clinical immersion experience vary depending upon the needs of the community and the clinical objectives for each course. Nursing students collaborate in the provision of high quality nursing/medical care and preventative health care and education in various rural settings. Students will complete clinical hours in both the Guatemala and state-side settings to meet all required clinical course objectives.
The next program offering will take place in February 2019.
At SHU’s beautiful campus in Dingle, Ireland, MSN Nurse Educator students can complete part of their capstone hours while being mentored by College of Nursing faculty in a 2-week immersion. The participants will be collaborating with the faculty who teach nursing leadership to our undergraduate nursing students, including teaching a module and grading assignments. Opportunities also include participating in an integrated nursing module with Irish nursing students at a local college, a clinical site visit, and learning about the local Irish culture.
The next program offering will take place in May 2019.
Sacred Heart University’s first global health immersion program began in 2009 in Kingston, Jamaica. This one-week clinical experience focuses on providing high-quality, safe, ethical healthcare using an interprofessional model. Students from the First Professional Degree program, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctorate in Nursing Practice program are invited to participate. In addition to CON faculty; physicians/surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses from the community and alumni take part in educating the students while caring for the underserved communities of Kingston. Temporary clinics are established in different communities for five days to provide free primary care across the lifespan. In the clinics, patients are assessed and treated for acute and chronic conditions, receive medications if appropriate, and are educated on healthy behaviors. The team has established strong connections with the communities and provides sustainable care by visiting the same locations each year and arranging follow-up for patients between visits.
The next program offering will take place in Spring 2020.
Lakota Sioux Tribe, South Dakota
The Cheyenne River reservation is located in Dewey and Ziebach counties; two of the most impoverished counties in America. This one-week service-learning immersion trip began with a scouting mission in May 2014. Experiences have occurred in summer or fall interprofessional trips. Students from RN-BSN/MSN, MSN, Doctorate of Nursing Practice programs participate as well as Occupational Therapy students and faculty. Student experiences include working in various Tribal Health clinics including Eagle Butte, White Horse, and Tiospaye Topa School. Additional involvement includes working with elementary, pre-teens and teens in the after school programs, health promotion activities with seniors and adults provided at the Simply Smiles Community Center in La Plant.
The next program offering will take place in October 2019.
The beautiful African country of Uganda surrounds Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile River, a country in which SHU’s College of Nursing offered its first clinical immersion in 2018. Open to Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice students in their second and third primary care courses and managed in collaboration with Western Connecticut Hospital Network and Makerere University, this interdisciplinary and reflective experience emphasizes clinical and cultural competence in an environment challenged with minimal resources. The focus is on women’s health, pediatric, and primary care during rotations at ALIVE Community clinics, African Community for Social sustainability (ACCESS), St. Stephen’s, Kawempe, and Mulago Hospitals.
The next clinical rotation will take place February 2019.