Why I now take the global view

Liz Charalambous found studying advanced practice in a global context gave her a fresh perspective on the NHS

Liz Charalambous found studying advanced practice in a global context gave her a fresh perspective on the NHS.

Abstract

I did not know what to expect when I started the advanced nursing and midwifery in a global context module during my master’s degree at the University of Nottingham.

I had not travelled far, despite having family from different parts of the world, and could not see how it would benefit my career.

How wrong I was. I have met new people from the local community and from the broad range of countries students have come from to study my course.

This in itself is a marvellous opportunity to discover how healthcare is delivered in other parts of the world and has challenged how I take our NHS for granted. Learning about different living and working conditions in other countries has reaffirmed my faith in publicly funded health care for all.

The sacrifices made by many of my fellow students leaves me humbled and in awe. Some students leave their young children with close family and newly married students postpone married life to further their postgraduate studies in England.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 11

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