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(Bethlehem, Pa.)—Moravian College students in the St. Luke's School of Nursing will leave Friday, May 7 for Australia as part of their nursing course, Globalization of Professional Nursing. The four students: Britta Jacobson (Sister Bay, Wis.), Jennifer Malloy (Orwigsburg, Pa.), Lauren Rozzelle (Baking Ridge, N.J.), and Alison Snyder (Bethlehem, Pa.), will be hosted by the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Queensland.
Maryellen Dye, R.N., Ph.D, associate professor of nursing, led the students over the spring term in preparation of clinical placement in Australia. According to Dye, the exchange fosters the advancement of nursing through international sharing of research, practice and scholarship.
“This experience gives the students a bigger view of the world,” Dr. Dye said. “It allows them to see how the profession of nursing is practiced in other places.” The students will observe hospital units in neonatology, intensive care, emergency, outpatient services and kidney dialysis. They’ll have the opportunity to discuss nursing issues with colleagues with different backgrounds and perspectives. The students will make a presentation to various professional and university groups on the Medicare system in the United States.
Following the three-week clinical experience, the students will travel throughout Australia. Destinations include the city of Brisbane, arid Australian Bush country in the interior, Great Barrier Reef in the north and Sydney Harbor and Opera House in the south. The group will return to the United States on June 8, 2004.