This nursing internship in English takes place in a government-run hospital in the Ho Chi Minh community. Observing, recording, and analyzing data will be an essential part of this project, as it is a hands-on experience. It is important to note that public institutions in Vietnam are bound by government regulations and cannot allow international participants to perform tasks independently. For this reason, this project is adapted to students in the medical sector who wish to discover the Vietnamese health system with local professionals.
You will have the opportunity to follow the nurses, doctors and therapists in their daily routine. Depending on your choice and the availability of staff, your duties may include preparing treatments, measuring blood pressure, performing first aid and treating wounds. The hospital has an X-ray room, a pediatric department, a physiotherapy department, as well as an operating room accessible to students. For those who wish, it is possible to join the acupuncture and occupational/physiotherapy services.
It is important to keep in mind that the level of English of the staff is different from that of an English-speaking country, but you will always be supported by an English-speaking coordinator of the local team.
Like all of our nursing and medical internship programs abroad, this project in Vietnam allows students to gain university credits while acquiring field experience and contributing to the UN's goal of universal access to healthcare.
If this is your first week and you have registered for Culture Week, you will begin with an orientation with the other participants consisting of a tour of Ho Chi Minh's cultural icons, language lessons and Vietnamese culture. If you have not registered, you will receive a brief orientation on Monday and will begin your course on Tuesday.
Tuesday to Friday
On the first day of your English nursing internship, you will begin with a thorough introduction to the hospital. You will also discuss your future role and observe local health care professionals in various departments of the Ho Chi Minh Hospital. You may have the opportunity to assist with first aid, treating wounds, taking blood pressure and preparing medications.
Their values: we are not passive spectators, but we encourage a concrete approach, "we get our hands dirty". The placements require active participation of the interns and real commitment. The feedback from our participants is unanimous: "an enrichment beyond my expectations", "a project that changed my life".