Overseas trip a hit with USC nursing students

Published: Comments:
Community Health & Wellness University & TAFE

Group of USC student nurses taken on the first day of their Indonesian placement.

USC Nursing Science student Devi Dobe knew she would never be making a long-lasting impact on a patient she was caring for in a remote Indonesian village outside Yogyakarta. 

It was an important moment for Devi, who was one of 20 students on USC’s first accredited overseas clinical placement for Nursing Science undergraduates at the end of last year.

“We couldn’t cure him,” Devi said. “We couldn’t improve his health. But in that instant, we made a huge difference to his level of comfort. 

“That for me was the most important moment of the trip.”

That story is just one of many poignant moments the USC nursing students experienced when they spent three weeks helping deliver healthcare to five remote villages around central Java’s Dlingo district. 

It was a trip that Jess Albertson, 20, described as ‘the best placement’ she has ever done. 

“Because they are remote, communities don’t always have access to the healthcare they require,” Jess said. 

It was this health care gap that encouraged USC’s school of nursing to collaborate with Antipodeans Abroad and Karima Health Care Community, which led to the implementation of the rural health-assessment clinics.  

“Being a part of that, delivering healthcare to isolated communities felt very rewarding,” Jess said. 

USC Lecturer in Nursing Matt Mason, who helped organise the placement, said students had to learn about managing interpersonal relationships in a work environment. 

“We were living together for the three weeks, so students got to know each other really well, which might not happen when doing a placement in Australia,” Mr Mason said.

Senior Lecturer in Nursing Dr Debbie Massey would like the overseas placement to become a permanent option for USC Nursing Science students.  

“In the meantime, we have support to undertake a small research project exploring whether the placement enabled students to apply the principles of social justice, which underpins the curriculum in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine,” Dr Massey said. 

Most of the students who participated were funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program.  

Applications to study at USC in 2018 are still open. Details are available at www.usc.edu.au/learn

Overseas trip a hit with USC nursing students (4)

University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Influence of comic strips to feature in exhibition bound for USC 16 March 2018 | The opening of USC Art Gallery’s next exhibition on Saturday 24 March looks set to be a very colourful affair, with guests encouraged to dress as their favourite comic strip characters. More information...
Record numbers tipped for Indigenous health check day 15 March 2018 | USC is preparing to host the biggest health and wellbeing day for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families ever held on the Sunshine Coast.  More information...
Celebrity chef provides guest lecture for USC class 15 March 2018 | A television celebrity chef has served up a special guest lecture for students of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Food, Nutrition and Menu Design subject. More information...
USC offers university advice to school parents 13 March 2018 | Help is at hand for Sunshine Coast parents and students navigating pathways to university and wanting to get a head start on a degree. More information...
USC appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor 14 March 2018 | The University of the Sunshine Coast has appointed Professor Tim Wess as its first Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). More information...
USC student rated one of the best in Australia 13 March 2018 | A USC student from China who produced a video aimed at inspiring others to pursue their dreams has been named as one of Australia’s top students. More information...
USC graduates get scoop on Channel 7 news jobs 12 March 2018 | Tight deadlines, celebrity interviews and breaking news are all part of a day’s work for three new USC Journalism graduates who have gained prime positions with the Seven Network. More information...
Nutrition expert sets Commonwealth Games menu 11 March 2018 | USC’s Nutrition and Dietetics Program Leader Associate Professor Fiona Pelly is gearing up to help 6,600 athletes at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games make nutritious food choices. More information...
USC scholarship success for Maryborough dux 08 March 2018 | An aspiring biomedical scientist and OP1 student from Maryborough has been awarded a prestigious University of the Sunshine Coast scholarship.  More information...
Caloundra medical student gains scholarship boost 08 March 2018 | Olivia McCluskey, 18, of Caloundra this week received a strong boost to her ambition of becoming a doctor in the form of a prestigious scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service