Global Nursing Program

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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 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.

To hear from students about their journey, visit the student blog.

 

Community-Public Health Location Region
Colombia Barranquilla South America
Scotland Stirling Europe
U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Croix Caribbean
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Location  Region
Mexico Mexico City North America

 

Dominican Republic

For graduate students, 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, educate patients 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 lifesaving treatment to the patients they care for and can have a lifelong impact.


Global Nursing News

10/28/2019
Earlier this year Peace Corps volunteer Hannah Dexter left the heart of South America with a newfound purpose. As her two-year commitment as a community health extension volunteer in Paraguay was draw … [read more]
9/12/2019
A courtesy faculty member and two graduate nursing students from the University of South Florida’s College of Nursing were part of an international medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic in Ju … [read more]
5/13/2019
For two weeks in March, 14 nursing students from the USF College of Nursing learned first-hand how health care is delivered in Panama. Students doled out health advice and vaccines at community clinic … [read more]

Research Opportunities

The College of Nursing's global health program offers tremendous opportunities for education and research. Each current global site (Colombia, Mexico, Saint Croix, and Scotland) offers a rich cultural immersion, experience within another country's health system, and the opportunity to explore research questions in collaboration with host facilities. Students interested in participating in research opportunities while abroad should discuss their interests with their faculty advisor well in advance of their global trip and contact the Global Affairs Office in the College of Nursing at (813) 974-5895.

Student Fulbright Information

Established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest exchange program in the U.S., providing students with opportunities to pursue international graduate study in more than 155 countries. During the grant period, the student meets, works, lives with, and learns from people in the host country. The program facilitates cultural exchange through interaction in the classroom, field, and home, allowing the student to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints, beliefs, lifestyles, and reasoning. Visit Student Fulbright for more information.

Coverdell Fellows

The College of Nursing’s accelerated second bachelor’s degree in nursing is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, offering financial support to returned Peace Corps volunteers who reciprocate by completing substantive internships related to their program of study. The Coverdell Fellows provide important mechanisms for connecting the College of Nursing with underserved communities in the Tampa Bay area by leveraging their global Peace Corps experiences to impact health outcomes of the local community. Visit Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship Program for more information.

Global Citizens Project

As part of the University of South Florida Global Citizens Project, College of Nursing undergraduate students can achieve a Global Citizen Award, which encourages and rewards undergraduate students' global engagement. Students complete award requirements through a combination of curricular and/or co-curricular activities of their choosing, including on-campus events, Global Citizens coursework, study abroad, community service, undergraduate research, internships, and/or foreign language study. Visit Global Citizens Project for more information.