An opportunity to examine the history of nursing and its current professional development in Great Britain, Ireland or the Netherlands.
This example is an opportunity for students of nursing to spend a week in London and Southern England witnessing how English nurses train under the National Healthcare System as well as the private sector. Also spend some time gaining an appreciation for the history of the profession through the centuries. As always, this is our suggested program, but we will customize every aspect to suit the needs of any class and faculty requirement. Please contact us for similar programs to Ireland or the Netherlands.
This is a sample program and designed for illustrative purposes only. We custom design every study tour to your specifications.
Day 1 – US DEPARTURE
Overnight flight from US to London.
Day 2 – ARRIVAL LONDON
Morning arrival in London. We will be met at Heathrow by a professional guide who and motorcoach for the journey into central London. Enjoy a panoramic introduction to the city including multiple photo stops. Mid afternoon check in at the hotel and settle into the rooms and unpack and relax. Gather together again for an early dinner before retiring for the night.
Day 3 – LONDON
This morning we visit the Florence Nightingale Foundation. Executives of the Foundation will provide a brief history of nursing in Britain, a current state of the industry review and the role of the Foundation within the industry today.
This afternoon's cultural event focuses on a visit to the Tower of London seeing the White, Bloody and Martin Towers, where prisoners were held and often tortured. Also see the Crown Jewels, displayed in a specially built jewel house. The final visit of the day is to St .Paul's Cathedral. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710, this magnificent building was designed to reflect its importance as the capital's leading church. The church has recently undergone a multi-million pound restoration. Florence Nightingale's funeral took place at St Paul's, before she was taken to her final resting place in East Wellow, Hampshire.
Day 4 – BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST
Morning visit to Barts Health NHS Trust, one of the country's leading healthcare providers and teaching hospitals. With specialist centers for cardiology, the UK's largest children's hospital and one of London's largest trauma canters. A senior member of the nursing staff will lead a day aof visits firstly to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and then this afternoon crossing to St. Bartholomew's Hospital in the City of London.
Alternative visits include a visit to a London hospice such as St. Christophers which truly sets the world standard for hospice care. Other options include the Council for Midwifery or a lecture at the Gordon Museum of Pathology.
Day 5 – GUYS AND ST. THOMAS HOSPITALS
A full day of visits today begins at St Thomas Hospital. In 1859, Florence Nightingale became involved with St Thomas's, setting up on this site, her famous nursing school. The day begins with an analysis of the structure of clinical services at Guys and St. Thomas. Students are provided with an overview of nursing and midwifery education in the UK and the different roles of nurses within the structure of the National Health Service. Students then spend a couple of hours visiting the clinical areas. After lunch we have an historic tour of St. Thomas Hospital before closing the day with a visit to the adjacent Florence Nightingale Museum.
Florence Nightingale became a living legend as the 'Lady with the Lamp'. She led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster. This was just one of Florence's many achievements. She was also a visionary health reformer, a brilliant campaigner, the most influential woman in Victorian Britain and its Empire, second only to Queen Victoria herself.
Day 6 – LONDON VISITS
This morning we visit the Royal College of Nursing, and the Queen's Nursing Institute. The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies, it's essentially nurses trades union. Their mission is to develop and educate nurses professionally and academically, building resources of professional expertise and leadership the science and art of nursing and its professional practice. Visiting universities are also often requested to make a brief presentation of their vision of the US healthcare industry and contrast with what they have witnessed during their visit to England.
This afternoon there is the option to visit the Queen's Nursing Institute. The QNI is the charity dedicated to improving the nursing care of people in their own homes, a growing trend in England. The QN, influences government policies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that affect healthcare in the home and the quality of community nursing services. They also develop Queen's Nurses, who are committed to high standards of care in the community, helping them to make improvements in practice and to act as leaders and role models to others.
Day 7 – LONDON AT LEISURE
After a busy week of visits, today is totally at leisure to explore London at your own pace and perhaps see some of the more traditional tourist sites such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or perhaps take a ride on the Eye. Tonight we gather together for a traditional pub dinner and to evaluate all that we have learned these past several days.
Optional activity: take a day trip into the county of Hampshire. Florence Nightingale spent most of her life at Embley Park in Hampshire. The building is now a private school, but it opens up to visitors every year on her birthday, May 12th. She sailed from Southampton to Crimea on the mail ship the Vectis, and we learn what life was like on board at the time at the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. Discover the world famous historic ships: HMS Victory, the Mary Rose & HMS Warrior 1860 that have shaped British history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home of the Royal Navy, other attractions include The Royal Naval Museum, with a new Exhibition "Sea Your History" and Action Stations with the interactive gallery InterAction detailing the science and technology used by the modern Royal Navy.
Thousands of People come to Wellow each year as pilgrims to the Burial Place of Florence Nightingale. Every year Wellow welcomes students of the Crimean War and of the history of nursing, current nurses and retired nurses from all around the world. On 20th August 1910, after a Funeral Service in St. Paul's Cathedral, a train bore the coffin of Miss Nightingale from London to Romsey Station, and a glass-sided carriage brought her body through the lanes to St Margaret's East Wellow, Burial Place of Florence Nightingale. This hadn't been her choice, or the nation's. She wanted her body to go to medical research; the family didn't. The Government wanted burial in a Cathedral; the family didn't. Eventually, she was buried with her parents at East Wellow. Late afternoon return to London for a farewell dinner.
Day 8 – RETURN HOME
Regrettably this morning we bid farewell to England and journey to Heathrow for our return flight home.
6 Nights Hotel
Sightseeing & Seminars:
Royal College of Nursing/ Queens Nursing Institute, St. Paul's Cathedral, Thomas Hospital, Tower of London, Florence Nightingale Museum, Emlbey Park and East Wellow. Opportunities to meet with the Council for Midwifery, a London hospice or lecture at the Gordon Museum of Pathology.
Airport-hotel transfers, hotel and local taxes, baggage handling, touring by deluxe private motorcoach, services of a professional study tour manager, local specialist guides.
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