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International Nursing Week 3: Students Heading to Denmark

May 24, 2018

As part of the Nursing Department’s initiatives to develop international relationships and opportunities, we are sending two BN students to Denmark for summer school!

Caitlyn Edwards and Alycia Dettman were selected through an interview process to attend the international summer school, International Health: Welfare Technology and Dementia, hosted by Via University College. The students will spend two weeks in Aarhus, from August 6th – 16th, as they “get a unique chance to collaborate with other professions. The programme includes theory and visits to elder care centres which are at the forefront of using health- and welfare technologies” (Via University College, 2018).

The vision of Red River College is to be recognized globally, as we serve a global population in Winnipeg. Peer reviewed evidence shows travelling assists with cultural competence. Additionally, we (like many countries) have an aging population. We want to educate nurses about how interesting and fulfilling a job working with older adults can be.

For their participation, Caitlyn and Alycia will get an elective credit from RRC, with the expectation that they share their experience in some form of academic writing or presentation. While the college does not fully cover all costs of the trip, about 2/3 will be covered through the Nursing Awards Committee and International Education. Aside from the amazing opportunity to travel to Denmark, this experience is a great opportunity for our students to enhance their skills working with older demographics in a different cultural context.

To learn more about the international summer school, check out their website.

We wish Caitlyn and Alycia the best! Bon voyage!

Check in next week, as we move from Denmark to China for another international student opportunity!

Post written by Meagen Chorney and Alison Fyfe-Carlson – Nursing Instructors

Photo Credit: Via University College, 2018,,