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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+ programme alumni). Whether you seek insight for your nursing school interviews or confidence in your career choice, our pre-university work experience programme 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 programme is open all year, and you can attend for as many weeks as you like (we recommend two). Programmes begin on Sundays and end on Saturdays, leaving ample time for you to arrive at and depart from your destination.
“My split nursing/midwifery placement with Gap Medics was incredible. Witnessing life being brought into the world is one thing, but being part of that process - holding a mother’s hand and reassuring her that everything was going to be okay - was something else.
“The placement and my mentors taught me so much about similarities and differences between midwifery and nursing, and the passion and strength required to take on such roles. During my two weeks on placement, I was able to experience the harsh realities of midwifery and nursing as well as the truly wonderful moments of both professions.
“I can honestly say I will never forget my experience with Gap Medics. It was the most eye-opening and wonderful two weeks away I’ve ever had.”
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 the UK.
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 Europe 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 programme.
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 programme.
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 programme.
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.