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Nursing Students go down under

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Four Moravian College nursing students recently on exchange to Toowoomba during May thoroughly enjoyed their visit describing the garden city as a "beautiful place with friendly and welcoming people".

Nicole Spangler, Regina Lacombe, Jennifer Wagner and Elizabeth Miller decided to become part of the Australian American Nursing Exchange Program to get a "taste of travel and to experience work in other countries". The program is operated by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Nursing Department.

The four students are from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and as part of their trip recorded a journal of all activities and provided reports to their college. During their three week stay the students spent time at Toowoomba Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Allora Hospital, Cherbourg Community Health and USQ.

"It has been interesting to see the differences between your private and public health systems," Nicole said.The students presented a seminar to various nursing groups entitled "The Globalisation of Nursing" where they discussed nursing in America, health insurance and the new nursing training program at their college. Nicole, Regina, Jennifer and Elizabeth thanked USQ Nursing Lecturer Janet Rankin and Toowoomba Hospital Educator Terri Flannagan for making their stay both educational and enjoyable.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.