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In your future nursing career, you will be at the forefront of patient care – but do you have the real experience with patients that you need before you apply to university? In fact, have you ever had the chance to truly witness the day-to-day responsibilities of a qualified nurse?
At Gap Medics, we know that a global education can make all the difference to a student’s development, both as an individual and an applicant (just ask any of our 8,000+ program alumni). Whether you seek insight for your nursing school interviews or confidence in your career choice, our pre-university work experience program will place you right in the heart of an international hospital or clinic to observe real nurses at work – with real patients.
With support at our core, you and your family can rest assured that you are getting the most immersive work experience available in the most appropriate environment for your age. Our exclusive guest houses, friendly staff, and comprehensive pre-departure services provide the perfect foundation for the educational adventure of a lifetime with new friends from around the world.
Our nursing program is open all year, and you can attend for as many weeks as you like (we recommend two). Programs begin on Sundays and end on Saturdays, leaving ample time for you to arrive at and depart from your destination.
“It’s safe to say that as soon as I read about what Gap Medics offered, I was absolutely hooked on the idea of going on placement. Luckily, I was able to turn this dream into a reality when I travelled with them on a four-week nursing placement.
“While on this adventure, I got the opportunity to stay with 40 other students from across the world and shadow nurses at a number of hospitals in the region. Many of the things I observed, like natural births and surgeries, were so different and new. I was excited to wake up every day because I never knew what I was going to see!
“Every single nurse I shadowed was more than happy to explain in detail what they did. This experience not only taught me invaluable knowledge about nursing, but it gave me the chance to make lifelong friends and make unforgettable memories.
“Gap Medics was life-changing and I will cherish the experience forever.”
Poland has a publicly funded healthcare system, with its hospitals benefitting from cutting-edge equipment and resources. With a range of specialisms to observe—including everything from paediatrics to ophthalmology— Poland is an excellent destination for students looking for work experience in hospitals similar to those in Australia.
Our recent partnership with a large maternity hospital also makes Poland one of our go-to destinations for aspiring midwives. This 227-bed facility is one of the busiest hospitals in Poland and has a number of labour rooms and specialist departments for students to explore.
The population, location, and climate of many Caribbean islands plays a huge role in shaping the types of cases that their health professionals are faced with. The heat brings tropical diseases such as dengue fever, while the increase in road traffic brings a variety of injuries to be treated in the emergency room or dental clinic.
While the departments in the Dominican Republic are understandably more traditional than in Australia and resources can sometimes be limited, students who join us can expect the same high-quality mentoring as anywhere else. You’ll be paired with your own dedicated mentor who will be there to answer your questions and explain complex cases - what better way to learn while gaining a global perspective on healthcare?
You will be placed in a Gap Medics partner hospital or clinic the Monday after your arrival, and you will spend weekdays shadowing your dedicated mentor in healthcare. We partner with busy facilities around the world that offer a variety of specialist departments for students to explore. Our partner hospitals undergo a rigorous vetting process before they are able to host our students, ensuring an unbeatable standard of quality when it comes to the educational value and academic rigour of our program.
Each week, we will place you in a department carefully selected by us to ensure you receive the most relevant and comprehensive observational opportunities. Whether you happen to be a prospective paediatric nurse or budding obstetric nurse, simply indicate your interests on your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Your department mentor will be a professional nurse working in a hospital or clinic. They will help you get the most from your experience by providing clear guidance and supervision as you learn to break down barriers in the patient wards and even observe surgeries in the operating theatres. We work very closely with our partner hospitals to ensure that our mentors are fully qualified and understand the educational aims of our program.
You will also attend global health tutorials throughout your placement. Our hospital mentors host these informal sessions at the Gap Medics house, focussing on the local cultural, social, and economic factors that will help you understand and interpret what you see in the hospital each day.
Nurse Danuta Lachowska's role involves assisting doctors during a variety of ophthalmological surgery cases, including eyelid surgery and amniotic membrane transplants. If she is your mentor, you'll also observe her taking care of patients after surgery, including monitoring vital signs, administering injections and medication, and checking wound dressings. Nurse Lachowska is also responsible for ordering medication for the department.
We believe that all members of our staff have a responsibility to protect and care for our students, and our greatest pride is the relaxed family environment that we create to help foster your education and exploration. In addition to chefs, housekeepers, night managers, and security teams, Gap Medics houses also employ dedicated placement coordinators to help support and guide you throughout your nursing program.
Your placement coordinators will brief you at the Gap Medics house, accompany you to the hospital, and introduce you to your mentors. As experts on our destinations and offerings, these friendly individuals also love to advise our students on local travel opportunities and facilitate exciting and inclusive on-site activities – so if you fancy a game of volleyball, a traditional barbecue, or a table-football tournament, they will have you covered.
Tatiana is originally from Ukraine, but moved to Warsaw in 2010 to study at the University of Social Science and Humanities, where she gained a degree in international relations. Tatiana is now completing further study in European administration.
You will see Tatiana at the hospital making sure your placement is well organised and runs smoothly. She'll also be around in the afternoon to help you plan activities and make the most of your free time. She is a keen traveller and, interestingly enough, has a great interest in medicine.