College of Nursing

Finland/Czech Republic 2017

           

Location
Savonlinna, Finland and Prague, Czech Republic
Time Frame
April 28th (afternoon) to May 24th (4 Weeks)
Clinical Experiences

Finland: Public and Community Health nursing in small communities, hospital(small), as well as activities with Finnish nursing students that will occur prior and during our visit.

Czech Republic: Military Hospital in Prague – (different units including surgery), Terezin, Lidice, and Medical Spa Karlovy Vary (complementary health)

Other Experiences
Helsinki & Prague historical sites related to cultural experiences.
Outside Trips/Weekend Culture Experiences

Finland: Staying in the historic 105 year old, Sinnetalo "The Blue House" with Finnish physician, Leena Kosmo; Ovalinna Castle, forest walks, cooking, Finnish traditions, swimming, sauna, Ladies of the Castle Walk/Run, rowing, cycling, and Fazer chocolate factory.

Rovoneima, Lapland: Artic Circle, Reindeer and Santa Claus-(planning- new adventure)

Czech Republic: Prague: Castle, Opera House, River Cruise, Communism museum, Churches and Ballet.  Karlovy Vary, Lidice, and Terezin
Cost
Approximately $3400 including tuition
Includes ALL expenses: Air flight, trains, local transportation, hostels, admission fees, ferries, rentals, and all meals.

This cultural learning adventure has students traveling between two very different countries, cultures and health care systems. Finland has been ranked very high for healthcare in the European Union countries, especially in the public health arena. Contrastingly in Prague, Czech Republic they have a unique health care system with unique challenges post communism. There is a large focus on the political and social determinants of health with corresponding activities. Scheduled activities for each day. You can expect that the schedule will change as we go through the day (much like life). Flexibility is absolutely essential. You have to be prepared to have your walking shoes on, prepared to work and have fun, and have your eyes and minds open to keep up on this high pace experience. 

Finland Clinical Experiences: Hospital, community clinics, school nursing (different than US), public and community health nursing, and home visits. Finnish nursing students and faculty at Mikkeli University of Applied Science interchange with planned activities and clinical days.