Comparing Healthcare Systems in the United Kingdom and the United States

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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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Comparing Healthcare Systems in the United Kingdom and the United States

Program Dates:
Dec 26, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
NURS 317 / SWRK 490 (H)

Nursing , Healthcare Administration , Social Work

Course Description:

Learn about the differences between the British and American healthcare systems while living in London! We'll take field trips in London and other parts of the UK to 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. We'll explore how healthcare has evolved when visiting places such as the Roman Baths in Bath, the Old Operating Theatre in London, and an underground military hospital in the Cliffs of Dover.

“Traveling around London and surrounding areas in the United Kingdom will benefit students seeking something different for their education and something that will set them apart when applying for jobs after graduation.” – Alexandria Colovos

“I am aware of all of the opportunities to learn in this city and surrounding areas since I was a CCSA student, and the experience helped me gain global knowledge of healthcare and nursing and was enhanced by visiting hospitals and facilities that are part of the universal healthcare system.” – Alexandria Colovos

Enrollment in lower or upper level nursing or social work courses. Students in the lower level course should have completed at least 21 hours of their college's general education requirements.

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