Who can undertake our Nursing Electives Abroad?
As a student nurse you need to have basic competencies to meet the demands on patient care in a diverse society giving an emphasis on clinical training in multiple settings across the world.
Nursing elective abroad not only gives you an opportunity to connect with your peers from all over the world but also a chance to view your country’s healthcare system in a different perspective, considering you will be working with nurses and other healthcare professions in a hospital setting. Better still, you will have a chance to learn about different cultures by immersing yourself in a new culture.
“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself “– Florence Nightingale
So why is Kenya a perfect destination for your Nursing Elective?
Nurses in Kenya provide the bulk of direct patient care at all levels of health services delivery. Kenya has one doctor, 12 nurses and midwives per 10, 000 people. Crazy? Right? This is way below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of at least 23 doctors, nurses and midwives per 10,000 people. Doctors and nurses therefore have to become innovative to handle the huge number of patients turning up at the hospitals and work with the limited resources.
Working with nurses and other healthcare professionals you will gain a better understanding of different healthcare settings, policies and practices. With the huge patients turn outs and limited resources (both human and infrastructure) be ready to a busy day at the hospital.
A day in the life of a nurse in Kenya can hardly be described as ‘typical’ in comparison to traditional nursing roles in the developed world. While a rewarding profession, Nursing, and indeed other healthcare professionals in Kenya face significant challenges mainly due to the overwhelming demand for healthcare services amidst extremely limited resources – shortage of staff, supplies and equipment. For instance, nurse staffing in Kenya is a long way from the recommended 8 nurses per ward, and nursing ratio of 1 nurse for every 4 patients.
While in larger hospitals the role of the nurse may mirror the traditional nursing roles, in more remote and needier areas, nurses often perform work undertaken in other places only by physicians – consult, prescribe, anesthesia and admit patients.
So who can undertake our Nursing Electives Abroad Program?
The program is ideal for nursing students and Registered Nurses seeking any of the following:
- A unique way to meet a nursing program clinical elective requirements
- An independent study abroad project
- An opportunity to integrate various theoretical concepts and knowledge in a clinical setting with substantial hands-on experience
- An opportunity to observe and practice delivery of nursing care based upon the goals of health restoration, maintenance and promotion
- A means to volunteer in underserved communities in both hospital settings and community based projects
- To experience healthcare in a developing world setting
Does the above describe you? Then this program is for you.
What to expect?
We customize the nursing electives and healthcare experience to the students seeking to improve their experiences in the following areas:
- A differentiated Healthcare System with unique conditions and educative nursing practices
- Professional mentorship and supervision to bridge gap between theory and practice of nursing
- Interactive Global Health Tutorials and continuous medical education system to understand more on global health.
Interested in taking the next steps, we offer guidance to you and help you plan an objective centred elective abroad. Reach out to speak with our senior placement advisors.