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What is the Nursing Programme?

The Nursing programme is meant for Bachelor students in Nursing who want to go on an internship in Belgium. Students should be fully enrolled in the third or fourth year (min. 120 ECTS obtained).

We can offer either an internship of 8 weeks (=12 ECTS) OR an internship of 12 weeks (= 18 ECTS). We usually can offer clinical placement in several wards in our partner hospitals, mainly internal and surgical wards. We can also offer placements in a nursing home or home care (upon availability)

An internship includes an on campus bootcamp nursing skills and an assignment on clinical reasoning.

Should you wish to obtain more than 12 or 18 ECTS, we can offer additional courses in English varying from 2 to 3 ECTS. Most of the courses are guided assignments with a clear tutorial in English. Most of the courses can be taken in autumn and spring.

Incoming applications for traineeships in Nursing will be processed on the condition that Howest can arrange/find a traineeship where the student can be hosted and guided in a safe environment

This English-taught semester is organised by our Bachelor of Nursing (VPL).

This programme is only available in English!

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What makes this semester unique?

  • Internship and proactive nursing
  • Evidence based nursing
  • Diversity and health@world
  • Quality nursing
  • Care ethics, visions and organization
  • Interdisciplinary nursing
  • Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Minimum 4 successfully completed semesters (120 ECTS) in a Bachelor in Nursing programme. This will need to be confirmed by means of an official certificate, a survey of completed courses, or a signed letter from the sending university.

Incoming applications for traineeships in Nursing will be processed on the condition that Howest can arrange/find a traineeship where the student can be hosted and guided in a safe environment Because of practical organization, application deadline for autumn and spring semester is may 1st 2024.

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All Howest and exchange students should bring their own laptop, with all necessary and officially licensed basic software (Word). Howest applies a very strict policy on the use of legal software.

Non-exchange students are not able to attend this international semester.

Course overview

Find the course unit descriptions for this programme (course catalogue) here.

Internship and Proactive Nursing 1 or 2 (autumn and spring) (12/18ECTS)

In these modules, we offer a placement in a hospital ward, a nursing home or in a home care organization. Each unit contains a period of 8 weeks (256h) or 12 weeks (384h). Internship must be combined with an assignment on clinical reasoning. Through lifelong learning and reflecting you can keep the gained competencies up to date and shape your career. Before the internship starts, students will get an on campus bootcamp nursing skills and will be coached in preparing administration for the internship.

Depending on the amount of ECTS Internship you want to do, you have to enroll in the module(s):

- Internship and proactive nursing 1 (8 weeks internship, 12 ECTS)
- Internship and proactive nursing 2 (12 weeks internship, 18 ECTS)

Evidence Based Nursing 1 (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

Type of course: assignment
This assignment is based on the cyclic process of evidence based nursing, which means that the starting point of research is formulating a concrete research question. The next step is searching for literature in electronic databases. Before writing a review, a methodological appraisal of all articles found must be conducted. Then a conclusion must be made carefully and implications for nursing practice must be given. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.

Diversity and health@world (only spring) (2ECTS)

Type of course: assignment
In this course, you will attend our health@world international week. Within this international project, first-year nursing students from Howest learn about the importance of social and cultural influences on nursing, health and health care and open their minds to the diversity of our (globalising) society. The project is organised as an international week and the nurse education programme of Howest invites international nursing students and lecturers to participate and to work on intercultural cases in mixed teams. With an experience based approach, participants learn with and from each other. After joining the event, we expect a short reflection (maximum 2 pages) about your experiences and the gained international/intercultural competences. This course can only be followed in spring semester.

Usually, the course takes place in April, but the exact timing varies from year to year.

Quality Nursing (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

Type of course: assignment
In this course, the aim is to solve a case critically by using the PDCA-cycle of W. E. Deming. You can choose your case based on your traineeship experiences. The starting point is that you choose a certain aspect in nursing that can be improved (quality, safety, ethical aspects,…). The output will be a plan of action to improve nursing management, based on a given template. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.

Care Ethics, Visions and Organization (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

Type of course: assignment
The aim of this course is to compare the health care system and nursing education in Belgium and your home country. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.

Interdisciplinary nursing (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

Type of course: assignment
The aim of this assignment is to find out how patient care is organized in an interdisciplinary way. This assignment is based on your traineeship experiences. Aim is to make an inventory of all disciplines and their contribution in achieving the best outcomes for the patient population. There are no fixed lectures, but we provide a tutorial and free consultation moments.

English for Exchange Students - evening course (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

This English course provides exchange students with an intensive training in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, all focused on their ongoing or upcoming academic experience. The lecturer will take the diversity of academic areas of the participants into account, by addressing a range of topics and choosing subjects that are relevant to the attending students wherever possible. The course aims at the B2 proficiency level and uses the IELTS methodology. We strongly recommended it to all exchange students who have not fully achieved the B2-level in English at the moment of application for their mobility project. For the more proficient students, we still see the course as a useful immersion experience.

Cultural and socio-economic introduction to Belgium (autumn and spring) (3ECTS)

In this module you will learn about Belgian and Flemish politics, culture and socio-economic data, all in comparison to the socio-economic data of your home country. This module includes a survival course Dutch and visits to several important cities in Belgium.

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How to apply

Procedures, deadlines and tuitions: you will find all the information here.

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Contact

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Lyndsey Van Avermaet

Lyndsey Van Avermaet

International Coordinator