Student Voices: Learning from a U.K.–U.S. nursing student exchange
Colleen Vogelman SN
Abbie Moseley RN
Molly Boyce SN
Caren Seltz SN
Brittany Genday SN
Becky Clifford RN

June 2011 
Volume 41  Number 6
Pages 19 - 20
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TO FURTHER global awareness, nursing students from Birmingham City University in the U.K. and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania visited each other for 2 weeks. The exchange stemmed from an international partnership between the two universities initiated in 2005 to share information about simulation technology.First the students from the U.K. came to Pittsburgh, attended nursing classes, observed staff nurses, and met with U.S. nursing students. The following summer, the U.S. students traveled to the U.K., observed in hospitals, participated in simulations, attended lectures, and met with U.K. students.The trips gave students in both groups the opportunity to learn about and experience nursing and healthcare delivery in another country. Afterward, we reflected on the experience to identify the positive and negative aspects of healthcare delivery and education in each country, compare the educational and healthcare delivery systems, and note the cultural differences. This article presents the U.K. students' observations first, then the U.S. students' observations.By Abbie Moseley, RN, and Becky Clifford, RNDuring the summer before the third year at our university, we had the opportunity to visit the University of Pittsburgh's School of Nursing and some University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals over a 2-week period. Our visit gave us a basic knowledge and understanding of genetics and transplant nursing, two specialties of this medical center. We attended lectures on genetics and observed nurses working on transplant units at the hospitals.During our stay, we became aware of some interesting differences affecting nursing students in our two countries. Because nursing education in the U.K. is funded by the National Health Service (NHS), students gaining a qualification in health specialties are exempt from paying tuition fees. Many students also qualify for a bursary or a stipend, a monthly payment to assist with general living costs. They get these funds

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