Domestic & International Immersions

Expect the unexpected!

The School of Nursing offers clinical immersion opportunities in the United States and abroad for students between years one and two of the Traditional undergraduate nursing program. Immersion programs vary by year. Additionally, the School of Nursing partners with UW–Madison’s International Academic Programs office to offer a nursing practice research study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland.

Information sessions for Summer 2024 immersions took place in November 2023. Click here to view the Summer 2024 Immersion Info Session presentation.

Applications for Summer 2024 immersions are open November 1, 2023 – February 2, 2024 (end of day). View specific immersions for the application links.

Scholarships for immersion experiences are available:

  • UW–Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study
  • School of Nursing Immersion Scholarship – Applications are completed in WiSH and will open early March after individuals have been selected for immersion experiences. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of March.

See below for more information on individual immersion opportunities. If you have ideas or connections for future domestic or international immersions, please reach out to Dr. Katie Collins at kacollins5@wisc.edu.

International Immersion Opportunities

Malawi or Thailand (Global Health)

Students learn about nursing care for diverse populations in international settings during this four-week clinical immersion experience in Thailand or Malawi. Topics such as epidemiology, environmental health, health promotion, disease prevention and management, and individual, family, and population-centered nursing will be covered. The program usually lasts four weeks, from late May through early June. There is a two-week preparatory session prior to traveling abroad that provides an introduction to global health topics and an overview of community and public health in these international communities. Completion of the summer immersion experiences satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will then enroll in a 1-credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the N436 course.

For more information and to apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.

Dublin, Ireland (Research)

This study abroad experience takes place at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Systems at University College Dublin. Students learn more about evidence-based practice, the nursing research process, and Irish society and culture. Program length varies from two to four weeks in June. Completion of the summer experience satisfies N400 which awards 1-6 elective credits. Students will enroll in N442 in the spring semester of their second year.

For more information and to apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.

Guatemala (Global Health)

In this immersion experience, students learn about nursing care for diverse populations in San Lucas Tolimán, which is two hours outside of Guatemala City. Two rotations will be offered in 2024. The tentative dates are May 22-May 31, 2024 and July 22-August 2, 2024. There is a two-week preparatory session prior to traveling abroad that provides an introduction to global health topics and an overview of community and public health in these international communities. You will enroll in a 3-credit summer course that satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will then enroll in a 1-credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the N436 course.

Click here to view the Guatemala Immersion Summer 2024 estimated cost breakdown.

Apply HERE for the Summer 2024 Guatemala Immersion!
Due end of day February 2, 2024.

Domestic Immersion Opportunities

Easter Seals Camp (Respite)

Easter Seals camps, the longest running camp in the nation since 1938, offer adults and children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities (archery, climbing wall, canoeing, swimming) in accessible ways. This also provides their caregivers a much-needed respite break. This program will allow students to learn how to work with adults and children with disabilities and gain an appreciation for the importance of respite care for caregivers. Students will work in teams to provide daily cares for campers and support nursing staff as needed. Students stay on the beautifully-wooded 400 acre camp while camp is in session, with lodging and meals provided, located in Wisconsin Dells just one hour north of Madison. You will enroll in and pay tuition for a 3-credit summer course that satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will then enroll in a 1-credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the N436 course. To learn more, view this article.

Apply HERE for the Summer 2024 Easter Seals Camp Immersion!
Due end of day February 2, 2024.

Girl Scout Camp (Pediatric)

Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place and camp is a big part of that experience. Students will stay at camp in pairs for two weeks working with the Camp Nurse to provide care for girls in kindergarten through 8th grade. Expect the unexpected! You will provide medical care while immersing yourself in camp life by choosing your own camp name and participating in camp experiences. Students stay at camp while it is in session with meals and lodging provided. Camp Ehawee (E-how-E) is located near Mindoro, WI, 2.5 hours north of Madison near La Crosse. You will enroll in and pay tuition for a 3-credit summer course that satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will then enroll in a 1-credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the N436 course.

Apply HERE for the Summer 2024 Girl Scouts Camp Immersion!
Due end of day February 2, 2024.

OB Immersion

The OB summer immersion program is an instructor led course that takes students who are interested in women’s health, obstetrical, and mother/baby specialties into the largest birth center in the state of Wisconsin. Rotating through opportunities in OB triage, antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and NICU, students spend time at the bedside working with their instructor, registered nurses, and other staff to provide care to mothers and babies. With a focus on patient advocacy, health equity, and the changing medicine within obstetrical and midwifery care of women in Dane county, nursing students experience firsthand the ever changing and high acuity role of a women’s health nurse. You will enroll in and pay tuition for a 3-credit summer course that satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will then enroll in a 1-credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the N436 course.

Apply HERE for the Summer 2024 OB Immersion!Due end of day February 2, 2024.

Additional Immersion Experiences

International Opportunities

Additional summer international study abroad experiences are available through the
UW-Madison Global Health Institute.

*Additional summer experiences do not count towards BSN degree requirements or clinical time.

Domestic Opportunities

Additional summer experiences in the United States:

*Additional summer experiences do not count towards BSN degree requirements or clinical time.

Contacts

Katherine Collins

Position title: Global Health Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor

Email: kacollins5@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-8655

Address:
4165 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Rikki Klassy

Position title: Clinical Placement Coordinator

Email: klassy2@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5167

Address:
1132 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Tracey Maloney

Position title: Advisor for Admitted Nursing Students

Email: tmmaloney@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-5183

Address:
1137 Signe Skott Cooper Hall