About UConn Nursing in South Africa

Undergraduate students from the School of Nursing have the opportunity to complete their clinical studies by working in labor and delivery wards in Cape Town, South Africa.

Students work under the supervision of School of Nursing faculty who will guide them in their clinical studies in Cape Town with a particular focus on childbearing and child rearing.

Students supplement their clinical work with readings about African history, current culture, politics and how South Africa today has left behind the notorious civil-rights atrocities and apartheid of its past.

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This program is for Nursing students in their senior year, seventh semester. Students taking their Maternity and Pediatric Courses will have the opportunity to do their clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics in Cape Town and the surrounding townships.

Since the early 1990s, South Africa witnessed sweeping changes in its political and cultural landscape. Once stigmatized as a racist regime and egregious violator of human rights, it is now celebrated as one of the most tolerant nations on earth with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. South Africa’s constitution is indeed the only one with specific language on women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, health care rights, education rights, and environmental and conservation justice. While Pretoria is the seat of the South African government, Cape Town is the site of parliament, and it is this magnificently beautiful city nestled between sandy beaches and gorgeous mountain tops that will provide the setting for this UConn Nursing program.

UConn Nursing in Cape Town will immerse students in the living history of South Africa by directly involving students in institutions that are wrestling with South Africa’s troubled past and creating a modern, democratic civil society. At the heart of the program are clinical practicum. The Politics of South Africa course will help students put what they are experiencing into cultural and historical perspective. Students will also visit some non-governmental agencies whose mission is to address issues of social injustice as it impacts upon formerly disenfranchised South Africans, women, children, and workers.

The Academics

1. Theoretical Component:

  • NURS 3295 (3 cr) Special Topics in Nursing:Politics, Culture & History of South Africa
  • Nursing 3715 (3 cr) Nursing Leadership in the 21st Century
  • Nursing 3330 (4 cr) Clinical and Nursing Science:Care of the Childbearing Family
  • Nursing 3450 (4 cr) Clinical and Nursing Science:Care of the Childrearing Family

2. Practicum:

  • Nursing 3392 (3 cr) Practicum with Childbearing families
  • Nursing 3492 (3 cr) Practicum with Childrearing Families

The Clinical Practicum will be arranged in collaboration with Rev Vernon Rose, coordinator of student internships for the University of Connecticut. The supervision of students in the placements will be done by nursing faculty from the University of Connecticut.

We will utilize the resources of:

  • Themba Care: Infants and Pediatrics HIV/AIDS facility
  • Taflesig Clinic, Township based Health care
    (Milo-Med Hospitals, Gatesville Medical Center and Mitchell’s Plain Hospital)

3. The Experience:

Students will live in a fully-furnished house located in Rodebosch, one of Cape Town’s many southern suburbs. The house is within walking distance to grocery shopping and the University of Cape Town, as well as within easy access to public transportation. By use of public transit students will be within 20-30 minutes of most areas, including Cape Town’s thriving city center, various shopping venues, multiple beaches, and countless site seeing attractions like Table Mountain, Parliament, and District Six.

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