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 nursing school? 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 high school nursing internship 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 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.
“My nursing internship program was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the global health seminars, going on rounds with the nurses, and learning so many new things each day. For example, I told my mentor that I was interested in learning more about the specialty of anesthesia, so she placed me in surgery with the anesthesiologist!
“The program staff were also incredibly nice and went out of their way to make sure I had a great time. Being one of the few Americans in my group, I learned a lot from the other teenagers around me. We definitely bonded and I know I will always have those friends in my life.
“It’s safe to say that without this experience, I never would have truly known if nursing is what I wanted to do in the future as my career.
“Thank you Gap Medics for this truly incredible experience.”
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.
While the departments in the Dominican Republic are understandably more traditional than in the US and resources can sometimes be limited, students who join us can expect the same high-quality mentorship as anywhere else. You will 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?
Poland has a publicly funded healthcare system, with its hospitals benefitting from cutting-edge equipment and resources. With a range of specialties to observe—including everything from pediatrics to ophthalmology— Poland is an excellent destination for students looking for work experience in hospitals similar to those in the US.
Our recent partnership with a large maternity hospital also makes Poland one of our go-to destinations for aspiring nurse-midwives. This 227-bed facility is one of the busiest hospitals in Poland and has a number of labor rooms and specialist departments for students to explore.
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 rigor 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 pediatric 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 rooms. 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 seminars throughout your placement. Our hospital mentors host these informal sessions at the Gap Medics house, focusing 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 will 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 are interested in 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 organized and runs smoothly. She will also be around in the afternoon to help you plan activities and make the most of your free time. She is a keen traveler and, interestingly enough, has a great interest in medicine.