Four WVU School of Nursing Students Selected for Study Abroad Scholarships | nursing school

Pictured left: Ty Flynn, senior; Ateria Walker, senior; Meredith Maneno, junior; and Maleah Cline, junior.

Four students from the West Virginia University School of Nursing have been selected to receive study abroad scholarships. Ty Flynn, Meredith Maneno and Ateria Walker will study in London, and Maleah Cline will study in Estonia.

“UK: Healthcare and Nursing in London” will take place from the 22nd to the 28th of May, where students will gain insight into the healthcare system in Great Britain. During the trip, they will learn and observe techniques during the early history of medicine in England, take a guided tour of the Florence Nightengale Museum and the nursing school she founded, and visit other prominent places related to nursing and culture.

Students will be accompanied by Faculty Leaders Dana Friend and Susan Pinto during their London study abroad trip.

Flynn, a senior student in the Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program, initially planned a study abroad trip to Spain, but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he was especially grateful for the opportunity to utilize his scholarship in London, having never been abroad before.

“Traveling abroad with the confidence of academic advisors will help me safely broaden my horizons and experience new things,” Flynn said. “Nursing is all about making your patient feel comfortable in your care, and you can’t do that without first understanding their culture to guide your care. I look forward to taking many more trips after this and exploring other cultures firsthand so I can offer more compassionate care to the patients I see.”

Maneno, a junior in the BSN program, said she is eager to learn more about health outcomes in a privatized system, especially how that system affects the pediatric population and how those outcomes compare to those in the US.

“Child poverty, interrelated with racism, is an ever-present crisis around the world. As a future pediatric educator, it is essential for me to educate future generations of nurses to interpret and assess health disparities related to these growing factors that have a substantial impact on child morbidity and mortality,” said Maneno. “With the scholarship, I will have the opportunity to see firsthand what pediatric medicine is like in a country with universal health.”

For Walker, a veteran of the BSN program, she is most excited about visiting many of London’s historic sites, such as the Florence Nightingale Museum. She especially hopes to learn more about the fundamentals of nursing from early medical history in England.

“This opportunity will help me in my future career by allowing me to learn nursing skills from a different healthcare system, which will allow me to compare the similarities and differences between the UK and US healthcare systems,” said Walker .

“Estonia: Public Health in the Baltic Region,” hosted by the WVU Aspire Office, will take place during WVU’s 2023 Spring Break. Students will learn about contemporary culture in Estonia with a special focus on public health policy and initiatives, including those related to the opioid crisis, pandemic response, and other systemic health issues in Estonian society.

Cline, a junior student at BSN, said she is excited to experience a different culture, especially as she has never traveled abroad. She said she is also excited to learn more about the health care system in another part of the world.

“I also want to learn more about the effects that COVID-19 has had on that particular part of the world,” Cline said. “This opportunity will allow me to consider different cultures when exploring my nursing career and expand my knowledge, which I can use to educate others and apply in different areas in the future.”

Friend said that as the Global Programs Coordinator for the WVU School of Nursing, she is delighted that students have the opportunity to experience nursing and public health in countries around the world through these fellowships.

She added, “These global experiences allow students to learn about cultures, health systems, and nursing in unique environments outside the hospital and their comfort zones that will further enrich their nursing care.”

To learn more about other opportunities, visit our Study Abroad & Global Outreach page.

Four WVU School of Nursing Students Selected for Study Abroad Scholarships | nursing school

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