Study Abroad feeds need for broader horizons

Drew Mojica
Special to In Motion

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Student an faculty pose at Trafalgar Square during a previous study abroad trip to London. Upcoming trips will focus on nursing innovations from the world’s best ranking health care system.

International courses are an excellent way to gain new experiences that can’t be learned in the classroom. Daytona State College currently has three Study Abroad programs that can help feed the learning experiences students are longing for.

On March 9, nursing students enrolled in the Multicultural Nursing in Society course get the chance to go to England to learn about the country where modern nursing was started. Dr. Jane Rosati is a faculty member of the Bachelor of Science for Nursing program and is leader for the upcoming trip.

“The whole purpose for this trip is for nursing students to gain a new perspective on healthcare. Nothing can replace having firsthand experience in London and rural areas of UK. I think this trip makes such a difference for them because it makes their education real,” she said.

Dr. Rosati is passionate about giving students knowledge that can’t be obtained in the classroom. The United Kingdom’s National Healthcare System was recently declared to be the best healthcare system in the world, according to a study conducted by the Common Wealth Fund.

This puts things into perspective for students since America was ranked lowest among the other 11 First World countries in the study. The U.K. also is an important place for nursing students to visit because Florence Nightingale —  the founder of modern nursing — revolutionized the field by making sure that soldiers had clean bandages and stayed mobile during the Crimean War of the 1850s.

“It’s kind of like, for us as nurses, to be going back to our roots,” Dr. Rosati said.

Highlights of the trip include Westminster Abbey, London Bridge Hospital, Cotswolds Village, Florence Nightingale Museum and the University of London-Macmillan Cancer Center, among others. These locations all contribute to the educational aspect of the trip in one way or another. The London Macmillan Center is meant for the students to interact with patients and the staff that works there. They can also see the difference between the National Health Service and private insurance companies in the U.K. The area of Cotswolds is intended for students to learn what healthcare is like in a rural area.

“Students can really see what it’s like to have a hospital many miles away and what a struggle that can be,” Rosati explained.
Overall the reception for this trip has been very positive. This is the second time Daytona State is hosting it and the Study Abroad committee is expecting good attendance.

Daytona State had doubled the number of students that study abroad last year, said Professor John Brady, who oversees the program. “We are a part of Generation Study Abroad,  an initiative by the Institute of International Education to double the number of American students that study abroad.”

Professor Brady helps fund and sets up the majority of DSC-sponsored Study Abroad programs. He has a passion for travelling and wants other students to be able to travel at lower costs. DSC runs the study abroad programs itself,  instead of hiring a third-party company, so that the costs can remain lower.

Study Abroad Programs are coordinated by the Office of Planning and Professional Development. For general questions please contact John Brady at john.brady@DaytonaState.edu or by phone at 506-3837.