Bull nurses have the opportunity to become globally engaged 21-century medical professionals and work collaboratively with academic institutions, health care facilities and communities throughout the world. With credit-earning travel opportunities, mission trips and other programs, students will gain vital skills to help address emerging global health challenges.
Credit-Earning Travel Opportunities
The community health experience offered by Global Nursing enables undergraduate students to learn first-hand about international health care while delivering nursing education and services to local residents. Students have the opportunity to develop interprofessional health care relationships, explore different cultures, and increase their value as globally educated registered nurses. See the program list below for the current opportunities. For an overview of the program, visit the Undergraduate Program page
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Research and Global Outreach
In 2006, USF Health established a physical presence, known as USF Health Panama, at the City of Knowledge in Panama. USF Health Panama is represented as a nonprofit private interest foundation (501c3) called the USF Health & Education International Foundation (HEIF). Panama offers tremendous opportunities for education and research in almost every field – particularly in the health sciences – a rich culture, social and economic diversity, and close proximity to the U.S., making it an ideal location for global academic experiences for students and faculty.
USF Health Panama provides full-service programming and logistical coordination to develop customized, academic experiences for students and faculty in Panama. USF Health’s strong, formalized partnerships with the leading academic institutions, research organizations, government/ministry offices, private sector business and NGOs in Panama provide an outstanding platform for enriching opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level academic experiences.
Guatemala and Dominican Republic
USF College of Nursing graduate students are able put their skills to the test with immersive experiences in the rural mountains of the Dominican Republic and Guatemala each year, serving those who otherwise wouldn't have access to health care. The students deliver much-needed care through clinics, home visits, and educational programs. Our nursing teams work with local volunteer physicians and specialists to offer assistance, facilitate referrals, and provide follow-up as needed.
The Guatemala immersive experience takes place at Hospital Obras Sociales de Monsignor Gregorio Schaffer in San Lucas Toliman, Solola, which is a community of 30,000 people located on Lake Atitlan. During the week-long program, students, alongside USF faculty, support the educational development of Guatemalan health care providers in diverse areas ranging from pre- and perioperative assessment to working in teams and supporting a range of quality improvement opportunities. This experience is primarily for student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) and graduate student nurse practitioners (NPs).
Each summer, a group of nurse practitioner students take a trip to the Dominican Republic through Medical Ministry International Canada. While there, they travel each day to a different village and set up a clinic, working out of a small school, or church. Led by faculty, the students observe patients being treated with various ailments and observe the dispensing of medications, teach about personal health, and make referrals to local providers, as needed. During the trip, the students are housed in a school in Sabana Grande de Boya. In just a short amount of time (one or two weeks), these nursing students offer livesaving treatment to the patients they care for and can have a lifelong impact.
“Medical missions allow health care providers to work together in less than optimal conditions, which is important for team building and interprofessional understanding.”
— Dr. Stephen McGhee, director of Global Nursing
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