During spring break, 14 Saint Anselm nursing students are learning about Italy’s historic and current healthcare system first-hand during a weeklong study-tour as part of the spring semester nursing course and global seminar, NU370: Historical Perspectives on Health, Welfare, Disease & Society. The group is accompanied by nursing professors Margaret Carson and Kathleen Cahill who team-teach the nursing elective. Staying in both Rome and Florence, students are focusing on the historical perspective of healthcare, while placing a special focus on the role of nurses.
The trip itinerary includes numerous opportunities to visit historical sites, with a heavy focus on touring historic and active hospitals. During their 10-day tour, they are exploring the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel & Saint Peter’s Basilica, Villa Borghese, Uffizi Museum, Santa Maria Novella, San Marco Museum, as well as visiting the towns of Siena, San Gimignano, and Lucca.
Tuesday, March 1
The group arrived in Rome on Saturday and spent the day getting acquainted with Italy’s capital. They had a busy few days touring the sprawling cosmopolitan city; on Sunday they visited the Villa Borghese where they saw the famous Bernini sculptures, as well as the Capuchin Crypt, and St. Camillus Museum and attended an English Mass.
On Monday they toured Santa Spirito Hospital Museum and St. Peter’s in Vatican City where they went through the Holy Doors.
Tuesday was their last day in Rome where they would visit the Vatican Museum. From there, they continued their travels to Florence and several towns in Tuscany.
Each day has included class meetings. Students are keeping journals of their observations and discussing the connections they’re making with their course studies. Upon returning to Saint Anselm, students will create a project and presentation that is linked to their experience abroad.
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