College of Nursing Study Abroad
2016 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad
Nomination submitted by: Carrie Wojenski, Executive Director of Global Affairs
Sacred Heart believes in “preparing men and women to make their contributions to the human community by being responsive to social and civic obligations and able to respond to an ever-changing world.” To support this goal and provide sought-after opportunities for nursing students to gain international experience despite rigorous state and professional accreditation standards, Sacred Heart’s College of Nursing developed a creative, three-pronged portfolio of nursing programs abroad that provides choice of location and duration, is sensitive to students’ financial needs and addresses the academic barriers of a highly regulated discipline.
Nursing students take part in clinical field experiences in Jamaica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic to gain high-impact learning while delivering health care to developing countries. These excellent programs benefit from partnerships with organizations such as Western Connecticut Health Network, PRN Relief International, Catholic Medical Mission Board and AmeriCares. They enable undergraduate, masters, and doctoral nursing students to fulfill required clinical hours and internship requirements and implement sustainable projects.
The College of Nursing has invested in deep and substantive partnerships with nursing schools in Ireland and Australia to offer credit-bearing, short-term and semester-long study abroad opportunities that provide students with comparative health-care perspectives and connect them with their counterparts in both countries, while allowing for seamless integration into the four-year nursing plan of study.
The third component of the College of Nursing’s global programming is a series of collaborations with universities in target regions around the world to enable faculty members to conduct research and share expertise with colleagues in the Caribbean, northern Europe, and Africa. Faculty scholarship advances the body of knowledge on global health issues and nursing education research.
"The SHU community is proud to be awarded a Heiskell award honorable mention in recognition of the opportunities we developed to extend access of a rich array of study abroad experiences for our nursing students. At SHU, we understand the importance of providing our students with the skills and experiences needed to serve our global community. The strides made in our nursing program are a testament to the achievability of a global experience for students in all degree programs."
-Carrie Wojenski, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Global Affairs, Sacred Heart University