We work with a range of hospitals that are often short staffed with significant patient loads. As such and subject to experience and clinical skills, nursing students can find themselves involved with treatment and patient care very quickly. Under resourced wards can also mean a return to the basics of your nursing education, treating conditions and caring for patients without familiar levels of equipment or supplies.
There is also a great opportunity to see cases that are seldom, if ever, found in the UK. Whether you are interested in tropical diseases such as malaria, leprosy or dengue fever, or wish to focus on specific areas like HIV counselling or paediatric intensive care, this is a great chance to develop your nursing skills.
Unfortunately cost, distance and a lack of education in resource-poor countries means patients regularly present themselves with diseases or pathologies that have advanced to a critical stage. The chance to witness and treat these conditions will undoubtedly teach you new skills and enhance your understanding of disease progression.
Our nursing student elective placements are specifically tailored to all branches of nursing and are designed to meet the requirements of all major British nursing schools.
We tailor each placement to match the requirements a student nurse has so if you know there is a particular area you are interested in, we can offer lots of flexible options for you.
If, like many, you have no idea what you want to do, the Operations Manager assigned to your elective can give you some great advice. They have visited each of the hospitals and clinics in your destination and can help you work out what would be the most beneficial experience for you.
We regularly place student nurses who want to specialise in niche areas as well as others that wanted a broader experience in several departments. We've worked with nurses who were keen to get involved in outreach projects abroad, as well as those that wanted to work as part of a smaller clinical team. Whatever it is you are interested in, we will undoubtedly have something that will work.Frequently asked questions
Interested in paediatrics placements?
Many nurses are keen to work with paediatric patients, but how do you know which destination offers the best opportunities in this area? Download a selection of our recent paediatric nursing placements and perhaps you will feel inspired by the four different options we focus on. Whether the idea of intensive care in Sri Lanka, with the chance to take part in the Esala Perahera festival appeals, or if you like the idea of oncology in Tanzania during the week and a safari at the weekend.
With numerous nursing placement options in Africa, Asia & South America, this list is certainly not exhaustive of our offerings - if you want to do something else, somewhere else, give us a call.
Interested in adult nursing placements?
Adult nursing covers a broad range of care, as you will know from placements at home. We've put together a selection of our recent electives to give you some ideas about what you can do where.
So. whether you fancy Accident and Emergency nursing in Africa with weekends spent lazing on beautiful beaches, or have always fancied paragliding with eagles amongst the greatest mountains on earth and like the idea of combining that with a pre and post operative nursing placement in Asia... check out this sheet for some exciting adult nursing ideas.
All in all just enjoy your experience and embrace the African culture. I would certainly do it again; 100 times over.
Alicia Errington, University of Central Lancashire 2013Read More
I travelled alone and was a bit worried that I might get a bit lonely but everyone was so nice and I have made friends for life
Stacey Wooton, Edgehill University 2013Read More
I recommend putting yourself forward – volunteering, asking questions and offering help in order to get the most out of your experience. The experiences I’ve had are unforgettable.
Jennifer Woods, Edinburgh Napier University 2013Read More