Electives in Nepal for Nursing Students
- Placement location: Kathmandu and Chitwan
- Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous nursing training
- Requirements: You must be a student studying nursing. If you are not an elective student, please go to our standard Nursing in Nepal project page.
- Types of Placement: Hospitals and clinics
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
If you are a nursing student, you can take your Nursing Elective at one our placements in Nepal. We have placements available in Kathmandu and Chitwan.
You must be a nursing student to do an Elective placement. As a student on a Nursing Elective your role will be observational. You will learn about many new medical conditions as you will be exposed to many diseases you would not normally see at home and gain a greater understanding of healthcare in the developing world.
Our in country staff are highly experienced in coordinating Elective placements. They will work closely with you to try to ensure all of your university requirements are met. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend monthly lectures or workshops.
Whatever your nursing specialty, Projects Abroad will work with you and your university to ensure that you are given a hospital or clinic where you can fulfill the requirements of your Elective. Our in country staff are highly experienced in coordinating Elective placements. You will be assigned a supervisor, a qualified member of staff, who will work closely with you and ensure your experience with them is rewarding.
Please note, the role of all medical interns is observational. Because volunteers are not licensed medical professionals in Nepal, the government does not permit them to do practical work in hospitals. You will, however, get involved with practical work during outreaches.
Nursing Student Electives in Nepal with Projects Abroad
We have a variety of placements you can choose from. These include hospitals and rehabilitation centers for disabled children.
Some of our placements are Nepal’s leading referral centers for the functional mobility of physically disabled children. Most of the cases here are neglected orthopedic conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spinal injuries. In hospitals you can work in departments such as general health services, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dental services, ENT, x-ray, and ultrasound. You could also work at one of our placements dedicated to providing the best available medical and healthcare in the field of trauma, orthopedics and rehabilitation.
We also offer placements where you may come into contact with many diseases in acute stages of development, which you are extremely unlikely to have seen in the West. Many of these conditions, with symptoms such as diarrhea and with their origins in malnutrition, are easily preventable. You can be involved in campaigns to increase public awareness around health issues and to help to improve the quality of life by educating people about health and sanitation.
You will find nurses in Nepal tend to only deal directly with treatments of patients, so you won’t be involved in basic care of patients, as their families tend to take on this role. You will shadow nurses while they carry out their duties and help where you can.
While you are on your Nursing Elective, you may have the opportunity to spend time on one of the outreach programs. Outreaches are organized by the hospitals we work with on a monthly and bi-monthly basis outside of the rainy reason (June to September) and offer free health checks and basic medication to suburban or remote communities.
Interns working in Chitwan may have the opportunity to visit local schools to lead health and hygiene classes.
While you are in Nepal with Projects Abroad, you will live with a local host family or in a hostel. Our volunteer community is also at hand for you to spend time with on your time off. There is a lot to do and see in Nepal and plenty of other volunteers to experience it with.
Nursing Student Electives in Nepal are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.