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Healthcare in Italy

… from Venice to Florence to Rome, Italy (May 25 - June 2, 2019)

Come with us on an exciting journey as we discover medieval Bassano del Grappa, Venice, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany and Rome, Italy. This course meets on campus for several intensive classes prior to and upon return from a 9-day study abroad program to Italy from May 25- June 2, 2019. This study abroad program is open to both MSN and BSN candidates, and others upon request. Our University of Hartford Nursing in Italy 2019 Study Abroad program focuses on art, aesthetics, health care globalization, culture, and diversity.

During the international program, we tour historic structures with expert local professors and health care professionals. Students will visit Italian hospitals, clinics, and schools in Venice, Florence, and Rome, and meet with Italian healthcare professionals, teachers, and students. Additionally, students will visit a variety of museums, including the Sistine Chapel and Vatican City. 

All students must register for one or two 3-credit "online" course electives. Tuition is discounted at 50%. Eligibility: Students must be in good academic, judicial and financial standing. The program is designed for students who wish to complete nursing credits in a unique first-hand way while studying abroad. This embedded study abroad is part of a 7-week Summer Session course with the international component in the middle of the course. Full course dates are May 13 through June 28, with the international component May 25 - June 2, 2019. 

3-credit courses offered as part of the Nursing in Italy 2019 Study Abroad Program:

NUR 515 - Art, Aesthetics and Healing 3 credit(s) 
This course provides the historical, artistic, and literary contexts of subjects such as pediatric care, diseases and plagues, monstrous and wondrous creatures, and dying in late medieval and Renaissance Europe. From the outbreaks of the Black Death to the spread of the “French Disease,” from dietary advice to healing manuals, infant mortality, wet nursing, and mourning, this course will examine these complex topics from a variety of angles and perspectives. Private correspondence, diaries, moral and scientific treatises and tracts, novellas as well as architectural and iconographic designs will be included in our study of Art, Aesthetics, and Healing in 14th to 16th century Europe. Primary sources will enable students to hear the voices of contemporaries to the events under study, while secondary sources will provide tools and guidance for a sound scholarly interpretation of phenomena that significantly affected the mind, the health, and the daily life of Europeans during a crucial period of their interaction with North-American lands and population.

NUR 563 - Globalization and Health 3 credit(s)

This course explores the phenomena of globalization and health in several countries. The focus is on understanding how national and global politics affect health care systems and health outcomes with special emphasis on the social determinants of health. Analysis of current research as well as relevant films, documentaries, essays and art forms are used to learn how political, economic, social and organizational structures influence the health of people worldwide.

NUR 343 - Nursing and Diversity 3 credit(s) 
This course introduces population-focused nursing through the study of healthy families, support groups, and diverse sociocultural groups. Emphasis is placed on diversity as it relates to nursing practice. Students apply theoretical concepts from family, group, and cultural studies to real-life situations.
Prerequisite(s): Matriculation in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Program Fee: $3,999*

Program fee includes: hotel accommodations, travel, museum entrances and many meals

*All listed fees are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed until 18 deposits have been received. The University reserves the right to cancel the program if the required number of deposits have not been received by the deadline. In the event a program is canceled, all deposits will be refunded to the student account.

Apply online through the Study Abroad Website by January 20th: click here for the online application, select UHA Short-term Program, and choose Nursing Italy Study Abroad 2019. Follow online instructions for making the required $1,000 program deposit on-campus at SASC or online through Self-Service Center. Payment in full is due on March 1st.

Nursing contact for information is: Prof. Karen Breda

Tentative Itinerary: 

Saturday, May 25th - Motorcoach transfer to JFK Airport on your overnight flight to Milan.

Sunday, May 26th - Arrive at Milan airport!  Upon arrival in Milan, we will be met by our tour escort, who will help with our transfer via motorcoach to Bassano del Grappa.We will stop along the way for lunch (own our own) prior to checking into our hotel in Bassano (Hotel Belvedere) (or similar). Later this afternoon is at leisure free to rest, and or to explore. We will have dinner (wine included) at our hotel this evening.

Monday, May 27th - Following breakfast, we will depart for our visit to the Art Academy with Prof Ezio Lunardon. Afterwards, we will be transferred to the central square in Marostica for lunch (on our own). After lunch, we head to visit the Hospice Care Center Casa Gerosa in Bassano del Grappa & meet with health care professionals. After our visit, we will be transferred back to the hotel to relax and freshen up before dinner.  The motorcoach will transfer the group to the central square in Marostica and be dropped off*. Dinner (wine included) tonight will be at the Castello di Marostica Restaurant. We will have our guests from today visits dining with us this evening. *Students will take a taxi or walk up the mountain to the restaurant in the castle on the top…20 minute walk or 7-8 minute taxi ride) taxi self-pay. Please note- Self pay taxi transfer from restaurant back to hotel.

Tuesday, May 28th: Following breakfast, we will depart for Venice today! We will board a vaporetto to San Marco Square where a local guide will be waiting to show us around this unique city, "the Queen of the Adriatic." Visit San Marco's Basilica, walk over small bridges to the Bridge of Sighs and past winding waterways to the Rialto. The remainder of the afternoon is free for shopping, visiting the outlying islands or taking a gondola ride and having lunch (on our own). Later today, we will return to hotel for dinner (wine included).

Wednesday, May 29th: Following breakfast, please check out of your room, we will then depart for Verona en route to Florence. We will have a tour of Verona Sud Hospital and meet with health professionals. We will have lunch today in the hospital cafeteria (on our own). After lunch we will have some time to walk around Verona before departing (around 3:00pm) for Florence, where we will check into our Hotel Mediterraneo (or similar). Dinner on own. 

Thursday, May 30th: Following breakfast, we will depart to visit the Ospedale Degli Innocenti Museum in Florence. Our tour today at the museum will be led by our own Professor Maria Frank. Lunch today is on our own. After lunch we will have a walking tour of Florence with a guide. We will tour the center of Florence, visit the Academia d’Arte which houses Michelangelo’s famous David statue, and the Duomo, followed by time to visit shops. Dinner included at the hotel.

Friday, May 31st:  Following breakfast, please check out of your room.  We will have some free time to walk around Florence before we depart for Rome!  We will stop for lunch (on our own) en route to Rome. We will check into our Hotel Palatino (or similar) later this afternoon. There will be some free time to explore prior to dinner will be on own. 

Saturday, June 1st: Following breakfast, we will depart for Vatican City with our guide.  We will visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel. Lunch is on our own. This afternoon will be at leisure to shop and explore. This evening we will have a Farewell Dinner (wine included) at Restaurant Sicilia in Bocca    

Sunday, June 2nd:  Following breakfast, please check out of your room. We will then be transferred to Rome Airport for our flight back to JFK. Motorcoach transfer back to the University of Hartford.