Nursing graduate Andrea Young ’09 (Webster, N.Y.) was faced with a challenge: how does an American nurse provide health care for patients when they can’t speak English? Studying abroad in Helsinki and Budapest showed her the way.
“It’s about taking that extra step to make patients comfortable. You can still have a caring relationship, even if you don’t speak the same language. Non-verbal communication is key,” Andrea said. “My experiences abroad made me appreciate people who go out of their way to communicate with me.” Studying in far-flung cities gave her skills to use on the post-surgical floor for GYN patients at Highland Hospital here in Rochester.
Andrea was one of the first to take part in the Atlantis Program, an exchange with Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Semmelweis University in Hungary. The program strengthens Nazareth’s focus on transcultural nursing, which considers the ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds of all patients.