Nursing students benefit from California exchange

29 July 2016

Nursing students benefit from California exchange

Students from nursing programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) had the opportunity to gain an understanding of the American system of health care on an exchange to California State University.

The group of thirteen first- and second-year students took part in a series of classes and discussions with nursing faculty staff and students during the eight-day visit to the university’s Long Beach campus. The students were given an insight into the provision and regulation of nurse education in the States and had the opportunity to visit the city’s largest adult and children’s hospitals.

Nursing lecturers John Murray and Bill McDonald accompanied the students, several of whom were supported by a Santander Universities Mobility Scholarship.

John said: “The exchange was a fantastic opportunity for students and staff from both institutions to share their experiences of all areas of the nursing curriculum.

“It was fascinating to find out more about nursing education in America and the health care system in general, and to gain an insight into the ways in which they differ from how we do things here in Scotland.”

Bill added: “It was a great opportunity to reflect on the strengths and challenges within each system and our students have come away with a greater awareness of global approaches to nursing and health.”

Both institutions are working to facilitate a reciprocal visit to GCU from US student nurses in summer 2017, with the intention of developing an ongoing partnership between the two nursing departments.

Forensic students from California State University are among several from US institutions currently attending the Forensic Science and Criminal Justice in Scotland programme hosted by GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment.