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'Is it worth doing an elective abroad?'

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“My elective is coming up and initially I wanted to go abroad. I told my family and they’ve offered to fund it (I realise how incredibly lucky I am!). The trouble is I’m now wondering if staying in the UK and doing my elective where I might want to work once qualified might be better for my career. To be honest, the idea of working abroad terrifies me and I’d actually rather stay in the UK but I’m worried I’m passing up an amazing opportunity and can’t even imagine telling my parents I’ve changed my mind.

“I’d love to know what other student nurses would do in my situation. Do many people find their first nursing jobs off the back of their elective placements?”

Anonymous, Leicester

 

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  • I did my nursing elective abroad - i went to a univeristy in America and did mostly observational work and sat in on lectures and things like that. I absolutely loved it and it gave me a real insight into different elements of nursing and education. I also came back with a new found appreciation of the NHS!

    I would say there are benefits to staying but I really loved the opportunity to do and see something completely different! :)

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  • I think it is a great opportunity to work abroad from many perspectives which will serve later in your career enhance working with a wider diversity of individuals and broaden your personal horizons as well as benefiting the NHS from seeing different ways of doing things.

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  • My student days are long over, but I would jump at a chance to do an elective placement abroad, and agree with the comments above.

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  • Hi Natasha McVey, I am interested in doing my elective in America as well. I wanted to know how to get in contact with the Hospitals/ Universities and the entire process. Do you know any hospitals that accept international students. Thank you.

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  • Hi Natasha McVey, I am interested in doing my elective in America as well. I wanted to know how to get in contact with the Hospitals/ Universities and the entire process. Do you know any hospitals that accept international students. Thank you.

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