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Learning journey to the mountains of Nepal is grounded in altruism

Published:01 October 2019

Isabella Coleman (left) and Monique McLeod are among Nursing students heading to Nepal in October.

A trip to experience healthcare conditions in Nepal is always a steep learning journey but CQUniversity Nursing students ensure it is built on the foundations of altruism and sharing.

Like many CQUni groups before them, 16 Bachelor of Nursing students from throughout Queensland have been fundraising well before they leave for their three-week study abroad experience (from late October to mid-November).

They will deliver everything from sanitary items, clothing and toothbrushes, to medical supplies, equipment and scholarships for nursing students in Nepal.

Donations are welcome via https://www.gofundme.com/f/2019-nepal-nursing-project .

The Aussie students will also shadow staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital, exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging.

They will also provide health assessments and education to locals in a rural village.

Nursing student Monique McLeod said something in her bones had drawn her to the profession.

"I've always loved how the body works; it just click with me," she says.

"All the practical placements we have had through the degree have been great, including in the operating theatre, paediatrics and the mental health unit.

"We are really looking forward to enhancing our knowledge of how healthcare operates in a country with access to fewer resources, while possibly helping to change some lives."

Nursing student Isabella Coleman said she had been drawn to the Nepal trip after meeting people from overseas on her family's farm.

"This experience will enhance the practical placements I've been having in the Australian health system, including surgical, mental health and the emergency department extended care unit," she says.

This Nursing Nepal project is part of the CQUGlobal Outbound program, with funding provided under the Australian’s Government’s New Colombo Plan.

The Nepal experience is also organised with the assistance of the Nineteen Degrees organisation.