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Nordic Learning for swansea students

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A group of nursing students from Swansea University will travel to Sweden and Finland this week to study as part of their pre-registration training.

The European Socrates-Erasmus exchange programme was trialed at the university last year and this year attracted 13 second-year nursing students.

The programme gives university students the chance to live in a foreign country and receive formal academic recognition for their study abroad.

Leaving on 20 January, the students will study at Jönköping University in Sweden or Diaconia University of Applied Sciences in Finland for two weeks before 10 weeks’ clinical placement in the country.

Cassam Tengnah, international coordinator at Swansea University’s School of Health Science, said: ‘Our students can add another dimension to their educational experience – they get the chance to live and learn in another country and are provided with a great opportunity to experience care delivery within a different cultural context. It will enable these nurses to further respond to the cultural diversity that exists at home.’

Adult nursing student Anthony Beynon said he was looking forward to the challenge at Jönköping University. ‘It’s going to be a great experience to gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between nursing in Sweden and the UK,’ he added. ‘It will provide me with a greater insight into nursing care on a much wider scale.’

Fellow student Billie Coverly, who is studying paediatric nursing, said:
‘I’m looking forward to experiencing healthcare on a different continent and caring for children who speak a different language.’

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