Nursing students undertake international and national Elective Placement Learning Opportunity



EPLO offered students the opportunity to investigate and experience vibrant physical, social, cultural, psychological, religious, genetic and environmental factors that impact healthcare provision within a different healthcare setting. Students completed their electives in different healthcare settings, for instance, Hospitals, Community teams, nursing homes, orphanages and ambulance services.

Nursing students from all four disciples of nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing) have participated in the EPLO. Thirteen nursing students utilised the Kingston and St George’s contacts to complete their international EPLO’s in Hong Kong, Gibraltar, Texas and Uganda. Fifteen students also individually organised their own international EPLO to travel to countries including New Zealand, Australia, The Philippines, Ghana, Jamaica, Bermuda, Guyana and Ireland. Fourteen students arranged their own national EPLO’s in the UK including Glasgow, Hertfordshire, Oxford, London, Suffolk, Guernsey, Surrey, Devon and Plymouth.

The consensus from hosts on the EPLO’s was extremely positive:

A host said “her communication skills with patients, family and the team were excellent…….I would willingly offer her a post …”

Another host mentioned “we would like to wish her every success with her future career, I am confident that she will be a knowledgeable, competent practitioner who demonstrated real caring and compassion”




“It has been a pleasure to provide her with an international placement and we wish her well for her future studies” said another host.

On their return to the UK, the students presented their experiences through the use of posters, PowerPoint presentations and leaflets to their colleagues and students, who were considering their own upcoming electives. One even dressed up in a healthcare uniform used in the country they had visited. Without exception, the students all felt that they had learnt a lot not only about how healthcare is delivered in another country/organisation, but also about different cultures.

The Faculty would like to congratulate all nursing students who have completed their EPLO.