Shenandoah offers student nurses multiple opportunities to experience health care overseas. SU has an active mission program, and the School of Nursing has traditionally offered a nursing mission trip over spring break. In recent years, nursing students and faculty have traveled the Amazon on a medical mission boat, serving native populations in different ports each day.
SU Nursing also offers for-credit international opportunities. In addition to traditional study abroad programs, we offer unique opportunities tailored to nursing students that build upon relationships faculty have built all over the world. In the past few years, students have had the opportunity to travel with SU faculty to Thailand, Switzerland, Tanzania, Haiti, and Ireland, to name a few.
SU Nursing has hosted global nursing groups on many occasions and from many countries, including Thailand and Japan. We also have very diverse student body, which enhances the dialogue in classes and in clinical settings. We plan events throughout the year to celebrate our diversity and to learn from one another.
Our students, faculty and staff are also invited to apply for the Global Citizenship Project, or GCP, each year. As part of our global focus here at SU, the University sponsors about six trips around the world over spring break. Interested SU community members apply for a position, and if selected, work together throughout the year to learn about their destination. Once they return, they share their new knowledge with the campus. Traditionally, the major expenses of these trips have been funded by the university, making GCP a unique opportunity to travel overseas at little cost for those selected.
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What students are saying:
Traveling abroad is one of the most valuable forms of higher education. Global experiences as a student nurse, especially where healthcare resources are limited, amplify our humanitarianism and improve upon the compassion that we as nurses must convey.”
-Mark Sipe, Transfer student
I love that the nursing program at SU offers opportunities to extend our health professions experiences beyond the classroom with mission trips. Over spring break, I was given an opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Brazil that was extremely rewarding and beneficial to my nursing education! It allowed me an opportunity to put practical skills to use and develop a deeper connection between my fellow nursing students and faculty as we worked together to provide healthcare in a remote community.”
-Leslie Purcell, Traditional BSN student