Elective in the US

  1. Hello,

    I'm going into my final year of nursing in the UK and we are allowed to do a 4 week elective which can be national or international. I really want to do my elective in the US but a lot of the places I have contacted won't provide short placements to students. I was advised to contact larger practices like the Mayo Clinic, but they can't offer anything for such a short amount of time either. Ideally I would like to be in a larger city in a hospital environment as majority of my current placements are in quite a small hospital, I'm not particularly fussy about area. If anyone knows anywhere that I can contact about work experience, that would be great. Thanks!
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  3. by   EllaBella1
    My nursing school program (in the US) had a 4 week capstone course my senior year in which we were placed in a hospital with a one on one preceptor. We worked their shifts with them for the 4 weeks. Finding someone who is willing to act as your preceptor may be a good first step. Then you would have to get special permission from the hospital at which they work. It may not be easy to set this up, but I would start there.
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Is your university going to help you obtain necessary study permits to allow you to do this in the US?
  5. by   Ginger's Mom
    You would not be able to"work" in a US hospital, but large hospitals often have international visitors. A place to a place to start would be the US news and world top hospitals and work the list either contact the nursing or international department/.Also work yur contacts through Sigma Theta Tau.