intercultural learning in nursing
We are an international nurses network offering Erasmus placements in the UK for European student nurses. We hope to resume placements in Autumn 2022, depending on the situation with COVID-19 in the UK. Our last student report was submitted just before the pandemic, but we hope to have many more wonderful and inspiring Erasmus experiences to share with you next year. If you are a student nurse and would like to talk about a placement, please get in contact with us. We would love to hear from you!
English for Nurses thoroughly encourages hands-on experience!
Through the Erasmus+ programme, English for Nurses takes a leading role in facilitating practical placements for overseas student nurses in UK Hospitals. This has proven to be a brilliant way for student nurses to gain an invaluable insight into British nursing culture. It is also a fantastic opportunity for them to develop their language skills by being an active part of working-life on English-speaking wards. For senior staff at UK hospitals, it offers a chance to enrich and diversify their own wards by hosting gifted and enthusiastic overseas students.
Our teachers at English for Nurses have many years of real experience of what to expect when coming to the the UK as an overseas nurse. We can offer support and guidance to overseas students and also work closely with UK hospitals who would like to become hosts.
EfN have already had great success with many talented student nurses who have enjoyed their time here and found it to be a broadening and memorable experience. Towards the end of their placement, we invite our student nurses to reflect a little on their stay, share their impressions, and to write a brief report about their experience on a UK ward. We also encourage nursing experts, managers and mentors from these hospitals to submit reports and share their thoughts from the perspective of the host.
We are sure that these reports will be helpful and enlightening for any overseas student nurses or UK nursing experts who are interested in becoming a part of this excellent and colourful programme.
If you are considering a placement in the UK, or would like to host a placement in your own hospital, we hope you enjoy reading their inspirational stories and we encourage you to get in contact with EfN, follow in their footsteps, and eventually write one of your own!
Let’s Talk About Cumbria by Eike Ivo, Jana and Sebastian - 30/8/2019
Eike Ivo, Jana and Sebastian (three nursing students from Bremen) recently returned from a 6-week Erasmus+ work placement at the hospitals of the North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust in England. Once again, the placement proved to be a hugely … Continue reading
Anna-Katharina and Henriette at the Spire St. Anthony’s Hospital - 13/5/2019
In February and March, two more student nurses from Germany undertook work placements at the Spire St. Anthony’s Hospital in Sutton. After completing their placements, we asked Anna-Katharina and Henriette (pictured below) to write reports of their time living and working … Continue reading
Paula’s Erasmus Placement at the Spire Hospital in Southampton - 7/5/2019
Between 11/03/2019 and 18/04/2019, Paula completed an Erasmus work placement at The Spire Hospital in Sutton. She has written a comprehensive report of her experience, which you can read below. Well done Paula – you are a star! Continue reading
Lena and Lucia’s 4 Week Placement at St. Anthony’s in Sutton - 11/3/2019
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, … Continue reading
Kira, Anastasia and Dana at St. Anthony’s Hospital, Sutton. - 4/2/2019
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. … Continue reading
Sabine Discusses the Erasmus+ Programme at the Mobility Agency in Hamburg - 29/1/2019
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 … Continue reading
Four Students from Bremen go to the UK - 29/1/2019
For the first time, Bremische Schwesternschaft vom Roten Kreuz e.V. sent students to England, which made us very happy. In October 2018 Jana, Justine and Nils (students for the care of the elderly) and Cagla (nursing student) went to Chertsey, … Continue reading
German Nurses’ Expert Trip to Bristol / UK, 2018 by Michael Brune - 30/10/2018
Schon am Sonntagabend, dem Anreisetag, haben wir uns in einem Restaurant mit der Organisatorin Sabine Torgler von „English for Nurses“ getroffen, als auch mit den anderen Teilnehmern der Expertenreise. Es war von Anfang an eine sehr angenehme und offene Runde, … Continue reading
6 Weeks at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol – by Denise Russo - 29/3/2018
In meinem Auslandseinsatz im Blackberry Hill Hospital, der forensischen Psychiatrie in Bristol konnte ich sehr viel mitnehmen. Eingesetzt wurde ich in der Wickham unit (Low secure) auf der Station „Hopton“. Hopton ist eine Langzeitstation in der Patienten im Durchschnitt 1-5 … Continue reading
Kimberley and Rieke’s 7 Week Placement at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol - 30/10/2017
In unserem sechs wöchigen Praxiseinsatz in der forensischen Psychiatrie in Bristol haben wir eine Menge gelernt. Zum Einen konnten wir unser Fachwissen im Bereich der psychiatrischen Pflege erweitern. Nebenbei haben wir allerdings noch weit aus mehr dazu gelernt: das Leben … Continue reading
Our Work Placement at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol. By Vera, Anna, and Sarah - 30/10/2017
Einsatz Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol Nachdem wir am 28.07.17 in Bristol angekommen waren, mussten wir uns erst einmal an diese chaotische, aber spannende Stadt, und ihre linksfahrenden Busse gewöhnen. Wir konnten unsere Englischkenntnisse gut in die Praxis umsetzen, indem wir … Continue reading
A New Report on the Expert Group Visit 2017 - 8/8/2017
In our last post we shared with you a report from our ‘Expert’ visit 2017 during which a select group of German healthcare professionals had the opportunity to tour a range of hospitals and training facilities in our home city … Continue reading
The Expert Group Visit – June 2017 - 20/7/2017
With a network of contacts in the UK and throughout Europe, EfN have been able to arrange several successful visits of nursing professionals to the UK. These ‘Expert’ visits allow healthcare professionals, managers and academics to spend time in Bristol and gain first-hand experience of hospital facilities, nursing training and development. This month, we welcomed professionals from Hamburg, Munich and Bremen. We were also delighted to be joined by our patron, Professor Jacqui Filkins from Cumbria.
Below you can read an insightful report from one of our German colleagues about this latest visit: Continue reading
ERASMUS- Einsatz im Community Hospital Penrith - 21/9/2016
Die Möglichkeit die uns in unserer Ausbildung durch den ERASMUS Einsatz geboten wurde, lies mich auf vielseitige Weise teilhaben an der Arbeit der verschiedenen Professionen innerhalb eines Krankenhauses des NHS (National Health Service) Englands. Meine im Rahmen des ERASMUS Programms … Continue reading
First Bristol Student Nurse – Julia - 22/5/2015
Hello, I am Julia. I am doing my nurse training in Germany at Charité Berlin and spent four weeks in Spire Hospital (“The Glen”) for a work experience.