In November 2018, Lena and Lucia completed a 4 week Erasmus work placement at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Sutton. They have written a comprehensive report of their experience, which you can read below. Congratulations on your achievement, Lena and Lucia, we hope you found it a rewarding and worthwhile experience!
16/09/2018 to 13/10/2018
We really enjoyed our Erasmus+ stay in Great Britain, especially the chance to work in a hospital. German students don’t often have the chance to work in a hospital abroad.
We worked at a private one, St. Anthony’s Hospital, in the south of London. As it is private, the working policy was pretty different to Germany. The wards were mainly interdisciplinary, so there were surgery patients, orthopaedic, internal and sometimes pediatric ones.
We had the great opportunity to see surgeries, angiographies, endoscopies and much more. But this is not the only reason that made our stay so great.
As we worked in 12-hour shifts, we usually had just 3 or 4 days of work per week and had lots of time to discover London and Great Britain in general. We enjoyed breakfast with our host families, spent time with their children and dogs. Of course, we also had lots of sandwiches and tea, cookies and sweets. It was great to experience the British lifestyle by staying with host families, but also to be so close to London and to have lots of time to experience all the cultural attractions, the people and nightlife.
Myriame Lawley, our supervising nurse in St. Anthony’s Hospital, was always helpful when we had questions. All the other nurses gave us a very warm welcome too.
Kira, Anastasia, Dana
(student nurses from Hamburg, Germany)
EfN Director Sabine Torgler was recently asked to write a piece for the latest DBfK Nordwest publication in which she talks about her experience working as an overseas nurses in the UK, a country which has operated with a nursing council for over 100 years.
You can see Sabine’s contribution below, or download the full DBfK flyer here.
English for Nurses’ director Sabine Torgler recently attended a meeting at the mobility agency ‘Arbeit und Leben’ in Hamburg. There she met Lena and Isabel who are our co-op partners for the Erasmus+ Programme and will send 15 student nurses to the UK this year.
During the meeting, Sabine was asked to give a short interview about her hopes and expectations for the future of the Erasmus+ Programme during these uncertain times in the UK. You can watch the interview below.