Health Care and Nursing at Home and Abroad: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

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Ms. Alexandria Colovos, MSN/Education, RNC-NIC is nursing instructor at the Western Kentucky School of Nursing and Allied Health. Her area of interest in nursing is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and she currently teaches the obstetrics lecture and clinical including rotations in Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, and NICU. She has a passion for teaching and learning, especially in a hands-on environment. Ms. Colovos graduated from WKU with her BSN in 2017. She is also a WKU Mahurin Honors College graduate, the topic of her undergraduate thesis being a comparison of nursing and healthcare in the United States and the United Kingdom. She graduated with her MSN with a concentration in Nurse Education in 2019 from Northern Kentucky University. She is a member of the nursing organizations, Sigma Theta Tau International and National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

From a young age, Ms. Colovos has loved to travel, but her passion for traveling really started when she participated in the study abroad program, Harlaxton College in Fall 2014 as an undergraduate. At Harlaxton College, Ms. Colovos was able to live in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and travel around the United Kingdom and Europe. While at Harlaxton, Ms. Colovos researched nursing education and practice in the United Kingdom and studied the history of nursing in the United Kingdom, specifically focusing on Florence Nightingale’s impact. In 2016, she participated as a student on a CCSA Winter course in London and Dublin where she developed the research for her undergraduate studies and further in-depth studied nursing and the healthcare system in the United Kingdom. Her love of travel and interest in nursing and healthcare around the globe have also taken her to such locations as Ireland, France, Italy, and Greece. It is her love of education, learning, and traveling that make her excited to embark on teaching her first course with CCSA.

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Health Care and Nursing at Home and Abroad: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2023 – Jan 8, 2024

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
NURS 317 / HCA 347 / SWRK 490

Nursing , Social Work , Health Care Administration

Course Description:
Learn about the differences and similarities between the British, Irish, and American healthcare systems through field trips and activities in London, England and Dublin, Ireland at healthcare facilities and historical sites. We'll interact with healthcare workers and consumers and learn about how the education of healthcare professionals compares to the US model. In both countries, we will learn about historical figures that shaped modern nursing and social work that continue to influence health care in the US by visiting sites such as the Old Operating Theatre and Florence Nightingale Museum in London and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship & Famine Museum in Dublin.


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