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Global Health Professional Practice Placements

Global Health Professional Practice Placements offer senior-year nursing students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about various aspects of working in nursing abroad, including:

  • the broad determinants of the health of diverse populations;
  • comparative health care systems; and
  • the role of the nurse in cross-cultural and resource-constrained environments.

This page is designed to help BScN students from McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College to plan a successful placement in areas of the world for which there may be limited resources and support.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our BScN students with the highest quality of educational experience in an international or intercultural setting.

Our History

Since 1984, the faculty and staff at the McMaster School of Nursing have facilitated the placements of over 240 students in more than 25 countries worldwide and in 6 provinces and 3 northern territories in Canada.

In 2010, the Associate Dean established the Global Health Education Committee (GHEC), created to advance the practical and academic goals of this process.

Chair, McMaster Site   

 ​Alida Bowman
 905.525.9140 x 22​087
bowmanam@mcmaster.ca

Liaison, Conestoga Site

Tracy Lickers 519.748.5220 x 7224
Tlickers@conestogac.on.ca

Liaison, Mohawk Site

Deborah Davidson
905.575.1212 x 6827
deborah.davidson@mohawkcollege.ca

Application Submission

Sara Ford

905.525.9140 x 22749
fords10@mcmaster.ca

Related Topics

Fall Orientation/Information Session and Re-entry Session
Wednesday September 13th at 4:00 pm
Room TBA via Avenue to Learn

Winter Global Health Re-Entry Session
Wednesday January 10th at 4:00 pm
Room TBA via Avenue to Learn

Learn More About the Program  

The application process for a Global Health Professional Practice Placement is continually adjusting to meet the needs of students, host organizations and the program. This brief section outlines the process and steps expected for this type of professional practice placement.

​How to get started:

Activity Levels
 1
Review Placements Search to contact one or more of the 'returned' students and ask them how they prepared for their placement. Negotiate a mentorship relationship with one of them.  x  x    
 

Register for the Introduction to Concepts in Global Health course:  Offered in the Winter Term of level 3 for Basic and RPN to BScN applicants who will have placements during the Spring/Summer and Fall terms of the same year. Spring/Summer offering is available for applicants in the accelerated stream who will have a placement during the fall term.
Note: Students in the RPN to BScN stream entering level 3 who are unable to take N4H03 in the winter of the following year and students in the Basic stream entering level 4 in the fall of the same year may also be able to take N4H03 in the Spring/Summer.

McMaster site: Nursing 4H03 

Mohawk site: Collab 4H03 

Conestoga site: Collab 4H03 (normally offered in winter term of Level 3).
     x  
 Attend information sessions periodically given by the Global Health Education Committee.   x  x  
 Attend re-entry sessions to hear about experiences of returning students (from summer and fall placements).   x  x  x  x
 Consider joining Global Understanding through Nursing Initiatives (GUNI). Members are composed of nursing students who have gone or are planning to go on an international or remote ​Canadian professional practice placement.  x  x  x  x
 Before departure (Spring/Summer or Fall term), participate in a mandatory, one-day, pre-departure workshop (normally in April).      x  

 

Note: In any year, follow application procedure and steps based on the planned date of your departure.

Global Health Professional Practice Application Process

How to Apply:

Please review the steps involved in obtaining a Global Health Professional Practice Placement as outlined in the Application Process Form
 Application Form

Students in the accelerated stream may contact the academic advisor to confirm course credit eligibility. Once approved they may only apply for Fall placements. These students may be able to take N4H03 in the Spring/Summer term and must attend the pre-departure workshop during the month of April.
Note: There will be NO exceptions to the deadlines listed in the application process form. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their file is complete

What to consider when selecting your Global Health Professional Practice Placement

Questions to consider:

  • What do you hope to gain, learn or give? How do you expect this experience will influence your career?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself with a unique and professionally enriching opportunity?
  • Which setting do you primarily want to experience: hospitalcliniccommunity or public health?
  • Do you want to learn about diseases or health problems that aren’t found in Southern Ontario?
  • Do you hope to gain experience in a different culture, language, or population than your own? Is there a specific culture, language or other population group with whom you wish to work?
  • Does the setting you are interested in have the necessary people and infrastructure to support your learning activities and to meet the course objectives?
  • Have you spoken with someone who has worked in the setting or one similar to where you want to go?
  • What personal strengths and challenges will you take to this placement?

Your placement should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in a low- or middle-income country (preferably). If you are unsure, please contact a member of the GHEC to discuss the feasibility of your placement. 
    Note: If your focus is on indigenous peoples’ health, you can choose an outpost placement within Canada or select a rural setting with a large indigenous focus in a high-income country (e.g., Australia, New Zealand, etc.).
  2. Be preferably in a community setting to explore the role of the nurse in primary health care. Placements within Canada may have another focus, but rationale should be provided in the LOI (see ​application process form).
  3. Be able to accommodate your visit for the entire semester (Summer or Fall term).
  4. Be able to provide a registered nurse as preceptor who:
    • has experience in the field;
    • has preferably a BScN or equivalent degree;
    • speaks English and the language of care;
    • is willing to assess you at midterm and end-of-term; and
    • is able to facilitate learning experiences.

Housing and Transportation

Your discussions with your host organization should address the availability of safe and affordable accommodation near your clinical setting, as well as transportation arrangements.

Internet Connection

Access to Internet with reasonable bandwidth is necessary to facilitate communication with your tutor at McMaster.

Important Dates

Note: There will be NO exceptions to the deadlines listed below. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their file is complete.

Students in the accelerated stream may contact the academic advisor to confirm course credit eligibility. Once approved they may only apply for Fall placements. These students may be able to take N4H03 in the Spring/Summer term and must attend the pre-departure workshop during the month of April.

Global Health Practice Placement FAQs

Hieroglyphics
  • What is a Global Health Practice Placement?

  • What course will I be doing?

  • How long will my placement be?

  • Are there any guidelines that govern my practice while overseas or in an outpost setting?

  • What about other forms of liability?

  • How do I get the necessary immunizations before travelling overseas?

  • What about supplementary health insurance?

  • Do I need to get a visa for the country to which I am going? How and where do I get one?

Professional Practice Placement Funding

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available to students who are completing a placement in Canada or abroad.

Many of our students have been successful in obtaining financial support for their Global Health clinical placement. Please ask them about this.

We can suggest some places to start looking (see below). We suggest that you speak with a representative of the financial aid office at your respective site.

  • The Awards Offices at each of our program sites (they have lists with criteria)
  • Your site’s School of Nursing (McMaster University, Conestoga College or Mohawk College)
  • The CNO
  • The RNAO
  • Nursing students' organizations
  • Rotary Club
  • Faith-based organizations

Links

Please Review the Following for Placement Selection

Recommended Placements

The following organizations are those which have already shown promise that they are suitable for meeting the course objectives.

For placements marked with an asterisk (*), please contact Dr. Olive Wahoush . Such placements will be offered on a first come, first served basis, provided that all components of the application are successfully met.

For countries and organizations not specified on this table, please contact any member of the Global Health Education Committee to discuss the suitability of the potential placement.

Region

Location

Agency

Number of Placements Available

McMaster Faculty Most Knowledgeable (FMK)

Africa

Zambia

*Macha

Nurses’ Training School at Macha

Summer: 2

Fall: 2

Prof. Nina Cavey

South Africa

*Mafikeng

North West University

Summer: 1

Fall: 1

Prof. Gloria Charles

Asia

Nepal

Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel
Hospital

Summer: 2

Fall: 2

Drs. Ruth Chen & Olive Wahoush

Latin America & Caribbean

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Villa

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College

Summer: 1

Fall: 2

Prof. Gloria Charles

Grenada

St. George’s

Ministry of Health and Social Security

Summer 2

Fall: 2

Prof. Gloria Charles

Canadian North / Outpost

Ontario

 Kenora Lake of the Woods District Hospital

Summer:1

Prof. Deborah Davidson

Moose Factory

Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Summer: 1

 

*Sioux Lookout

Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre

Summer: 1

Fall: 2

Prof. Deborah Davidson
 Manitoulin Island  Manitoulin Health Centre

 Summer: 1

Fall: 2

 

Espanola

Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre

Summer: 1

Yukon


 
 

Dawson City

Yukon Hospital Corporation

Summer: 1

 Whitehorse  Yukon Hospital Corporation  Summer: 1  
 Northwest Territories  Fort Smith  Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority  Summer: 1  Prof. Ruth Schofield

  

Past Student Experiences - Multimedia

2016

2015

2014

2013

Previous Placements

2017 Placements

Student

Collaborative Site

Organization

Location

 Jumoke Alafe
alafejo@mcmaster.ca
 Mohawk  North West University  Mafikeng, South Africa
 Caitlin Brydges
brydgec@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  North West University  Mafikeng, South Africa
 Alyson Bierling
bierliag@mcmaster.ca
McMaster  Macha Mission Hospital  Macha, Zambia
 Cassandra Cotic
coticcl@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  Macha Mission Hospital  Macha, Zambia
 Valerie Bouwers
bouwerv@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Dhulikhel Hospital  Dhulikhel, Nepal
 Sophie St. Pierre
stpiersc@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Dhulikhel Hospital  Dhulikhel, Nepal
 Caitlin DeVries
devriec@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  Ministry of Health and Social Security  St. George's, Grenada
 Selena Braund
braundd@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  Ministry of Health and Social Security  St. George's Grenada
 Ayden Dermenjian
dermena@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Northwest Territories Health and
Social Services Authority
 Forth-Smith, Northwest Territories
 Michelle Jackson
jacksm6@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre  Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Lisa VanderWees
vandel22@mcmaster.ca 
McMaster  Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre  Sioux Lookout, Ontario 

 

2016 Placements

Student

Collaborative Site

Organization

Location

 Dominika Lazinka
laznikd@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Ministry of Health and Social
Security
 St. George's, Grenada
 Nicole Mills
millsnl@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Ministry of Health and Social
Security
 St. George's, Grenada
 Kristin Ducut
ducutmk@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Community College
 Saint Vincent, Grenadines
 Nadine McIntosh
mcintosh@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Yukon Hospital Corporation  Dawson City, Yukon
 Rhiannon Mullen
mullenr@mcmaster.ca
 Mohawk  Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre  Sioux Lookout, Ontario
 Ashlyn Baer
baeraj@mcmaster.ca
 Conestoga  Yukon Hospital Corporation Whitehorse, Yukon
 Emily Mester
mestere@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Northwest University  Mafikeng, South Africa
 Laura Hidvary
hidvarla@mcmaster.ca
 McMaster  Macha Mission Hospital  Macha, Zambia

 

2015 Placements

Student

Collaborative Site

Organization

Location

Leanne Dejong

McMaster

Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre

Espanola, ON Canada

Rebecca Steckle

McMaster

Macha Misson Hospital

Zambia, Africa

Katie Chong

McMaster

Macha Mission Hospital

Zambia, Africa

Bernadette Cruz

Conestoga

Te Oranganui Medical Centre

Whanganui, New Zealand

Camille Peplinski

McMaster

Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Moose Factory ON, Canada

Rebecca Pattinella

Mohawk

Work the World - Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital

Dumoguete, Phillippines

Emily Hunter

Conestoga

Yukon Hospital Corporation

Dawson City Yukon, Canada

 

2014 Placements 

Student

Collaborative Site

Organization

Location

Sarah Taylor

Mohawk

Work the World

Pokhara, Nepal

Kaylee Hofsink

Mohawk

Macha Misson Hospital

Zambia, Africa

Kendra Plett

McMaster

Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Jamkhed, India

Lori Martin

McMaster

Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Jamkhed, India

Kate Macmillan

McMaster

North West University

Mafikeng, South Africa

Sara Terpstra

McMaster

North West University

Mafikeng, South Africa

Kelsey Mikalachki

McMaster

Work the World

Pokhara, Nepal

Sara Rico

McMaster

Dhulikhel Hospital

Dhulikhel, Nepal

Chantal Barry

McMaster

Dhulikhel Hospital

Dhulikhel, Nepal

Natalie Cameron

McMaster

Wairarapa District Health Board

Masterton, New Zealand

Walters Alexandra

Conestoga

Institute for Indian Mother and Child

Kolkata, India

Alyssa Martin

Conestoga

Macha Misson Hospital

Zambia, Africa

Kerri Wagler

Conestoga

Macha Mission Hospital

Zambia, Africa

Yui (Alex) Chong

Conestoga

North West University

Mafikeng, South Africa

Carleen Shipley

Conestoga

Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Sioux Lookout

Adriana Roncancio

McMaster

Dhulikhel Hospital

Dhulikhe, Nepal

2013 Placements

Student

Collaborative Site

Organization

Location

Lyndsay Howitt

McMaster

Dhulikhel Hospital

Kathmandu, Nepal

Sarah Douville

McMaster

International Hospital

Kampala, Uganda Africa

Rebecca Drake

McMaster

Wairarapa District Health Board

Masterton New Zealand

Mallory Alcock

McMaster

Dhulikhel Hospital

Dhulikhel, Nepal

Katelyn Stadler-Rose

McMaster

International Hospital

Kampala, Uganda Africa

Kristen Reid

Mohawk

Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Sioux Lookout, Canada

Ashley Ratelle

Conestoga

Work the World - Mount Meru Regional Hospital Arusha

Arusha, Tanzania Africa

Maria Wall

Conestoga

International Volunteer HQ - AIC Shabab Hospital

Nairobi, Kenya Africa

Emma Kruis

Conestoga

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania Africa

Rachel Capeling

Conestoga

Macha Mission Hospital

Choma, Zambia Africa

Whitney Shore

Conestoga

Macha Mission Hospital

Choma, Zambia Africa

Jacqueline Hovius

Conestoga

Work the World - Mount Meru Regional Hospital Arusha

Arusha, Tanzania Africa

Mathew Snyder

Conestoga

Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Sioux Lookout, Canada

Jonna Deboer

McMaster

Macha Mission Hospital

Choma, Zambia Africa

Victoria Vandermeulen

McMaster

Fort Portal

Uganda Africa

Global Health Education Committee

McMaster University Site

Laura Banfield 

Health Sciences Librarian & School of Nursing, Midwifery & Global Health Liaison, McMaster Site 
Health Sciences Library, McMaster University
Room 2B32
(905) 525-9140, ext. 20239
banfie@mcmaster.ca
Background
Laura is pursuing graduate studies with a focus in International Circumpolar Health and she teaches in the Global Health Issues course.

Nina Cavey

Sessional Faculty & Curriculum Team Member, McMaster Site
Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
Room HSC-2J34G
(905) 525-9140, ext. 22331
ncavey@mcmaster.ca
International Experience

  • Germany (2 years)
  • Zambia (1+ years)
  • England (6 months)
  • Irian Jaya, Indonesia (4 months)
  • Nicaragua (1 month)

Gloria Charles

Sessional Clinical Lecturer, McMaster Site
Background

  • Immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1971 and worked at the Montreal General Hospital for three years before relocating to Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Worked at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton for 27 years in a full-time position and 3 years part time
  • Areas of interest are Cardiac, Respiratory and Geriatrics
  • Co-tutored in the Issues in International and Intercultural Health course (N4H03) in 2008; from 2009 to the present, she has been a clinical tutor for Students in International Clinical placements (N4JO7)
  • Since becoming a member of the Faculty of the School of Nursing at McMaster, has taught Levels I, II and III PBL, fourth-year Clinical and the Accelerated Stream Level III PBL.

Intercultural Experience

  • Originally trained as an RN in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies (1968–1971)
  • In 2008 and 2010, associated with students and faculty in the undergraduate program from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad

 Siobhan Eastman

Sessional Clinical Instructor, McMaster Site
eastms@mcmaster.ca
Background

  • Member of Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), McMaster University, Guatemala Interest Group.

Intercultural Experience

  • Ireland (2 years)
  • Aboriginal Community, Northern Ontario (1 year)
  • England (1 year)
  • Guatemala (1 year)
  • Morocco (1 month)
  • Nicaragua (1 month)
  • Thailand (3 weeks)
  • Homeless in Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto (12 years)

Gender Kaur

Sessional Faculty, McMaster Site
gkaur@mcmaster.ca
Background

  • Academic qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching at Higher Education (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and a Masters in Community Health (University of Sydney, Australia) for which she was awarded a scholarship
  • Completed two theses related to study skills and transcultural communication as part of her post-graduate studies
  • Global health interests include education and transcultural nursing/communication
  • Past roles have included planning and coordinating clinical postings, mentoring student leaders, chairing nationwide health seminars and first-aid competitions, supervising students with research projects and teaching the Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses programs
  • Other achievements include leading an overseas health expedition to rural Bintan, Indonesia, and being instrumental in pioneering a new BScN program for the National University of Singapore
  • Has completed a Medical Officer Cadet Course in Singapore and was involved in coordinating and teaching the combat medic and service medic courses

International Experience

  • Singapore (10 years)
  • Australia (3 years)
  • India (2 years)
  • Indonesia (2 months)

Michael Ladouceur

Faculty, McMaster Site
ladouce@mcmaster.ca
Intercultural Experience

  • Cape Dorset, Nunavut (3 years)
  • Lesotho (2 years)
  • Pakistan (3 months)
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Zimbabwe
  • Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Basanti Majumdar

Retired Faculty, McMaster Site
majumdar@mcmaster.ca 

Iris Mujica

Chair GHEC, liaison McMaster Site
Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
Room HSC-2J24B
(905) 525-9140, ext. 24730
mujicai@mcmaster.ca
Background
​Dr. Mujica, recipient of ​a McMaster Students Union Teaching Award, has been involved in Global Health educational activities for several years. As current chair of the Global Health Education committee, she has participated in the revisions and development of the Introduction to Concepts in Global Health course (4H03), the establishment of affiliation agreements and the selection and training of students planning to have a Global Health placement.
Dr. Mujica is a member of the Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) and the McMaster Global Health Research leadership program. Her global health research interests include Global Health Education (intra and interdisciplinary), transcultural care and impact of Global health experiences on professional practice.
International Experience

  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • China
  • Chile (Temuco, Santiago)
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Mexico (Colima, San Luis Potosi)
  • South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay)
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • U​SA

Jodi Pipes

Sessional Faculty, McMaster Site
jodipipes@hotmail.com
Background

  • BScN (2000) McMaster University, Master of Public Health (2007) James Cook University (QLD, Australia)
  • Has worked in various fields of nursing including public health, acute pediatrics (medical, surgical & emergency), critical care, community care, rural and remote and primary health care in Canada, Australia, Africa and the United States.
  • Has completed a five-month mission with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Southern Sudan as an Outreach Nurse. She collaborated with 20 other international MSF staff and over 100 local National MSF workers within the outreach and base sites to deliver primary health care in remote areas. 

International Experience

  • Australia (8 years)
  • South Sudan (5 months)
  • United States (New Mexico) (3 months)
  • Malawi

 Olive Wahoush

Full Time Faculty, McMaster Site
Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
Room HSC-3N28C
(905) 525-9140, ext. 22802
wahousho@mcmaster.ca
Background

  • Roles have included clinical practice, education, management and research in eight countries. Focused on Maternal Child Health, Community Health, Capacity building and Vulnerable populations such as refugees. Developing and establishing quality standards of nursing practice in a number of settings. Reviewer for Cultural competency standards and guidelines in Ontario, Canada and ICN. At present International Consultant for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean office in Cairo - the project is to iidentify and implement Primary Health Care models for four countries as part of a regional strategy to achieve Universal Access to Health Care.

International Experience

  • Ireland, (8 years)
  • Pakistan (3.5 years)
  • England (2 years)
  • Trinidad (1 year)
  • Jordan (1.5 years)
  • Abu Dhabi (6 months)
  • Cairo (4 months)

 


Conestoga College Site

Lisa-Anne Hagerman

Full-Time Faculty, Conestoga Site
lahagerman@conestogac.on.ca
Background

  • Educational background in international culture and religions primarily responsible for international clients admitted to hospital in Virginia and Florida
  • Cultural care clients included clients from Saudi Arabia and Latin America

 International Experience

  • United States (10 years)

 


 

Mohawk College Site

 

Deborah Davidson

Full-Time Faculty Liaison, Mohawk Site
Institute for Applied Health Sciences, McMaster University
Room IAHS-338
(905) 528-0524, ext. 26827
deborah.davidson@mohawkcollege.ca
Background

  • Full-time professor experienced with teaching a diverse array of students in the diploma nursing program, practical nursing program and BScN program Basic (A) Stream (Levels I–IV) and the RPN to BScN (F) Stream
  • Master’s thesis related to culturally diverse student nurses and their qualitative experiences within a nursing program
  • Faculty member at Mohawk College who has been teaching/facilitating student education in the Issues in Global Health course since 2004
  • Research interests include intercultural communication, community involvement and respect as global citizens

International Experience

  • Accustomed to French Canadian culture from growing up and working in Montreal and Laval, Quebec
  • Background in Accounting within a Chinese and Japanese business environment
  • Intercultural travel experience in Malawi, Zambia, Japan and the Yukon

 

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