If you are considering international travel, we invite you to view the videos at the links below from previous trips to Thailand and Zambia. These courses will provide life-changing experiences filled with fun, growth, and cultural challenges.
The international NURS 495 Senior Practicum in Thailand focuses upon the development of clinical decision-making skills and refinement of clinical coordinating behaviors with groups of patients in an international setting, specifically in Thailand. The course will provide opportunities for students to synthesize theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, nursing process, and professional role behaviors with an emphasis on global health issues and cross-cultural understanding of cultural diversity. The clinical experience will focus on the care of patient groups in an urban setting of Nakornping Hospital, Chiang Mai and in the rural villages of Thailand. Clinical nurse preceptors will be Messiah faculty, Thai nurses and Thai student nurses. Some of the cultural experiences will include a visit to an elephant camp, Doi Suthep, Thai cooking class, and the Night Safari.
The international NURS 495 Senior Practicum in Zambia is set at Macha Mission Hospital, Choma, Zambia. The course focuses on the care of patient groups in a rural African community. Students will spend approximately 80 hours in the Macha Mission Hospital clinical laboratory setting; assessing, planning and implementing nursing care, and evaluating the outcomes in an international setting. Clinical nurse preceptors will be the Messiah faculty and Zambian nurses as determined by Macha Hospital’s Tutors, Chief Nursing Officer, and Medical Director. Some of the cultural experiences will include a visit to Livingstone, Chobe Game Park, and Victoria Falls.