Domestic & International Immersions

Expect the unexpected!

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

For more information on any of these programs, please scroll down.
Click here to view the presentation from the Summer 2023 Immersion Info Session held in November 2022.

International Immersion Opportunities

Malawi or Thailand (Global Health)

Students learn about nursing care for diverse populations in international settings during this three-week clinical immersion experience in Thailand or Malawi (alternating years). 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 three weeks, from late May through early June. There is a one-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 also enroll in a one credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the course.

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 for 2 credits in the spring semester of their second year, omitting the weeks of instruction when research-content is delivered.

To apply, go to the International Academic Programs website.

Questions can be directed to the UW–Madison International Academic Programs office.

Other Opportunities

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

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. Completion of the summer immersion experience satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will also enroll in a one credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the course. To learn more, view this article.

Click here to complete the Easter Seals Camp Immersion application.
Application for Summer 2023 is due February 3, 2023.

Northern Wisconsin (Rural)

NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED

This long-standing program takes 8–12 nursing students and a faculty instructor up to northern Wisconsin for a three-week clinical immersion in May. Students learn about rural public health systems, the role of a public health nurse, as well as the wide range of programs and issues present in these remote communities. In addition to the three-week summer program, students complete a 1 credit spring preparatory seminar on rural nursing. Completion of the summer immersion experience satisfies N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum.

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. Completion of the summer immersion experience satisfies the clinical portion of N436, Community Health Nursing Practicum in the undergraduate curriculum. You will also enroll in a one credit course in the fall semester to satisfy the lab and simulation portion of the course.

Click here to complete the Girl Scout Camp Immersion application.
Application for Summer 2023 is due February 3, 2023.

Other 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: Undergraduate 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 (TBSN)

Email: tmmaloney@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-3884

Address:
1137 Signe Skott Cooper Hall