Nursing Majors Spending Semester Studying Abroad in Australia

Nursing majors Anna Feiner and Elizabeth Schnolis visiting Uluru in AustraliaSEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – This semester, Anna Feiner (NHS’19) and Elizabeth Schnolis (NHS’19), who are majoring in nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, are studying abroad at Australian Catholic University in Sydney.

The two are taking courses related to nursing – including acute care, mental health, and research – as well a refining their skills in laboratory and clinical settings.

“My study abroad experience is going wonderfully so far,” says Feiner. “It is amazing to be able to live in a different country for an extended period of time, learning about the culture differences and exploring. Being able to study nursing in an alternate health care system is a valuable experience that I can take back with me on my return.”

“The school here has been very accommodating and all the students and teachers have been especially friendly,” Schnolis adds. “Besides classes I have also been able to explore the Sydney area and some places around the country.” (Note: The two students are pictured here while visiting Uluru.)

‘Best Decisions’

Feiner and Schnolis say they both are enjoying Georgetown’s nursing program.

“Picking Georgetown and its nursing program was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” says Feiner. “The small class sizes and attention from faculty helps to support and develop my nursing skill to make me more confident about the future.”

Schnolis notes she has enjoyed her professors’ courses and the way in which the students form “a supportive, close-knit group.”

“I absolutely love Georgetown and the nursing program,” she says. “It’s been fantastic to have been able to experience Washington, DC while studying, and I have made some lifelong friends in and out of the classroom.”

Future Plans

Feiner notes that her future plans include working in a hospital and graduate study.

“So far, I am keeping my options open as to what specific area of nursing I wish to pursue,” she says. “I am looking forward to participating in the more particular clinicals to come to help inspire my decision.”

Schnolis says is thinking about careers in geriatric or pediatric nursing.

“I will be completing the women’s health and pediatric courses when I return for the spring semester so I’m hoping to have a better idea of which field by the end of the academic year,” she says.