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Clinical placements

Foreign placements make me better at my job

Perspectives gained in Japan and India give student Sophie Gill greater cultural awareness when helping patients in the UK

Perspectives gained in Japan and India give student Sophie Gill greater cultural awareness when helping patients in the UK

In the first year of training for my childrens nursing degree I spent ten days in Tokyo, which was arranged in partnership with Japans Juntendo University.

A second international experience a seven-day trip to Ahmedabad in northwest India earlier this year was in stark contrast to my experiences in Japan.

Both these experiences helped me to develop interpersonal communication skills and intercultural competence.

There were 14 of us on the trip to Japan, including midwifery students and a newly qualified nurse, and the visit gave us an insight into how nursing care is delivered in a country that has made huge


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