Sydney Nursing School hosts international student delegation

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On Tuesday 25 May, Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney was host to the first-ever nursing student delegation to Australia through the International Scholar Laureate Program. Twenty-six nursing students from 22 universities across the USA, Canada and Malaysia were chosen to join the delegation to Australia.

According to Dean, Professor Jill White,

Sydney Nursing School is excited to host these students as part of their week-long visit to Sydney. It will be a great opportunity for them to learn about the healthcare system in Australia, the delivery of health services in a variety of settings and meet our own students to exchange information, perspectives on their local health systems and experiences about nursing education and university life.

Participants in this International Scholar Laureate Program are considered to be exceptional students from universities, mainly from across the United States, who demonstrate exemplary leadership with a dedicated interest in pursuing a career in nursing.

At Sydney Nursing School, the nursing delegation took a tour of the clinical simulation laboratories. Dr Heather McKenzie, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, addressed the students about nursing education in Australia and the opportunities for nursing students to help shape the future of health care, both locally and internationally. Professor White spoke of the opportunity,

Fourteen of our own Master of Nursing students are very eager to meet the delegation and have the chance to swap notes about nursing education and discuss the differences in nursing education and practise within the contexts of the Australian and USA health systems. Earlier in day before the delegation comes to Sydney Nursing School, they will have visited the ICU, Emergency Department and Burns Unit at Concord Hospital where some of our own students are currently undertaking their clinical placements. With the health care landscape changing dramatically in both Australia and the USA, I am confident this visit to Sydney Nursing School will be a great learning opportunity for the ISLP delegation and our own students.

Delegates were from the following universities: University of New Hampshire, Wichita State University, The University of Massachusetts Boston, Grambling State University, University of Alabama, University of Windsor, McMaster University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Mills College, Kennesaw State University, Western Carolina University, University of Alberta, University of Central Florida, Middle Tennessee State University, Baker University School of Nursing, North Carolina Central University, Clemson University, California State University, Long Beach, Wright State University, University of Ottawa – l'Université d'Ottawa, Harrisburg Area Community College.