How Murdoch nursing students help communities in Vietnam

Murdoch students in Vietnam

Studying nursing at Murdoch not only prepares you to make a difference in your own community, but also on the global scale while you study through an international placement in Vietnam.

Making a difference in the community is a cornerstone of Murdoch’s Bachelor of Nursing course, with many students taking this to the next level with practical experience undertaken on a global scale.

As a Bachelor of Nursing student, students undertake 840 practical hours as part of the course. Taking that experience one step further, nursing students have the option to undertake a portion of these hours whilst on an international practicum in Vietnam.

In Vietnam, students get to visit a combination of hospital and community settings, working with local Vietnamese nursing and medical staff. In the community they get to work with the community health care centre to provide health education and health assessment to the local community.

Heading over to Vietnam to complete a placement, some nursing students aren’t just taking over their new skill set but also Days for Girls Kits.

What is a Days for Girls Kit and what good will they be doing in the Vietnamese community where our students will be undertaking their placement? Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Caroline Browne explains.

“There are two aspects to the Days for Girls kits; the first is to provide access to clean reusable menstrual products. The second is providing health education as part of the distribution of the kits.

“The students provide education to both girls and boys around menstrual and reproductive health, including safe sex, pregnancy and consent.”

“Without access to hygienic menstrual products girls and women may need to miss school or work, face health problems or stigmatisation,” Caroline explains.

“This placement will be an incredible experience and eye opener to the way our healthcare system works compared to other countries.

Third year Nursing student Emily Tamblyn is excited for the opportunity.

“I'll be able to see first-hand the impacts of limited healthcare in rural areas and the toll it takes on communities and their overall health.”

This experience will allow me to be open minded and be more alert in treating and managing patients holistically in their care. Every placement improves my judgement and confidence in my knowledge.”

Speaking to those who are considering undertaking the course, Emily can’t recommend her experience enough.

“Do it!”

“It is such a rewarding career and you make lifelong friends while you study. The nursing community at Murdoch is so supportive and everyone wants to see you succeed. This profession can last a lifetime with all the different areas of nursing you can work in.”

Want to live out a unique course experience like Emily? Explore our Bachelor of Nursing at Murdoch.

Posted on:

16 Jan 2023



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