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Nursing Intern at International Hospital

Healthcare

The nursing internship is educational in nature. Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to numerous functions such as General Medicine, Paediatrics, Radiology, Emergency while learning from professionals nurses.

About the Host

This is one of Vietnam’s biggest hospitals with world-class facilities and offering a wide range of medical and surgical services. The hospital is the pioneer in medical services and has invested substantially in medical research through its private research institutes. It received “The Most Improved Local Hospital” accreditation by “Asia Hospital Management Association” and was accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) - the international most recognized accreditation for healthcare services in 2016.


Internship Highlights

  • Develop essential medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Get first-hand insight into nursing practices in a different country
  • Shadow professionals in clinical environments
  • Observe numerous departments including General Medicine, Paediatrics, Radiology, Emergency, Cardiology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics
  • Learn about global healthcare issues and challenges in a developing country
  • Give back through community healthcare outreach programs
  • Certificate upon request


Program Highlights - All in one!

  • Immerse in local culture through Vietnamese lessons, cooking class, city tour and trip to World's top destination (Halong Bay/ Mekong Delta) – All included in the program
  • Ample supports from our onsite team and lovely “Local Buddies” – Vietnamese university students who can show you around their city and its hidden gems
  • Experience life abroad authentically - More than travelling, get to know the city with the locals!
  • Travel Vietnam or hop around Southeast Asia on the weekend (Bangkok or Bali is just 2 hours flight away)
  • Join our networks of international students to discover Vietnam together 

    The main responsibilities of a Nursing Intern involve shadowing and taking care of patients under the guidance of a Registered Nurse or a Doctor. They will have the chances to work in different Departments, including Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine (except for the Operating Room).

    Interns will perform duties such as providing health care in clinical or nursing settings to the clients. Responsibilities include:

    • Working on patient reception and processing/recording patients’ documents
    • Supporting oral medicines distribution, medicines/drugs dilution, intradermal - subcutaneous & vein injection and processing/recording patients’ documents
    • Preparing patients before undergoing surgeries which includes taking blood samples for testing, taking patients for X-ray test and CT scanner, checking patients’ medical records and helping to reduce patients’ anxiety before surgeries
    • Taking care of postoperative patients which includes: bandage changing, thread cutting, drain placing & replacing
    • Observing orthopedic surgeries in the operating room
    • Performing day-to-day activities such as sterilizing instruments, completing paperwork, or readying clinics for intake

    Based on your specialization and hospital availability, you can choose to intern in different hospital departments, including:
    • General Medicine
    • Paediatrics & Neonatology
    • Emergency
    • Oncology
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology/Neurosurgery
    • Gynaecology
    • Orthopaedics


    Requirements:

    • Background in hospitality, tourism or related field
    • Ability to speak another language different from English is a plus. For example: Japanese, Korean
    • Be service-minded
    • Have good communication skills
    • Good attention to detail


    *Job Description is for reference only. Your actual responsibilities are subject to change based on your capacities, interests and the host's requirements at a certain time.

    Tip: Check with our Advisor for more specific details and before you make any travel arrangements.

    Program Fee

    Duration (weeks)04*06*081012162024
    Full Service $2,695 $3,052 $3,410 $3,767 $4,125 $4,840 $5,555 $6,270
    No Housing $2,195 $2,302 $2,410 $2,517 $2,625 $2,840 $3,055 $3,270

    Note:

    • Placement-only option: If you only need program placement, program fee is set at $700 USD/ placement for all durations.
    • 4-6 weeks option are only open for medical and education internships. For other majors, most host organizations prefer minimum 8 weeks and availability of 4-6 week options are not guaranteed.
    • Medical internship entails an extra fee of $100 – 300 USD per month depending on host hospitals. This will be sent directly to the hosts to cover training fee, administration and training tools.


    What is included

    Our full-package program guarantees fully-supported, locally-immersive experiences and includes:

    • Internship placement
    • Visa application
    • Accommodation (homestay/ studio/ shared apartment)
    • Pre-departure guide
    • Airport transfer (pick-up & see-off at designated time)
    • On-site orientations
    • Local SIM card
    • City tour & Social and cultural activities with onsite staff
    • Excursion to top destinations in Vietnam (Ha Long Bay or Mekong Delta)
    • Local volunteer support
    • Onsite supports from ABROADER staff with 24/7 hotline
    • On-going & Final program evaluation
    • Welcome & Farewell dinners
    • Public Liability Insurance
    • Certification upon completion of the program

    *Accommodation

    Standard option is studio room. Basic facilities will be provided, including air-conditioner, bathroom with water heater, Wi-Fi, bedding, mini fridge, kitchen. Electricity is not included. Electricity bill is typically $100 – 150 USD per month depending on your usage. Electricity bill will be charged directly to students at the end of month and when check out.

    *Visa

    Visa application fee is included in our program fee. The quoted fee is for standard passport holders, including those from the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, Singapore. For other citizenships, visa fee may change depending on home country and duration. 

    What is NOT included

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Visa stamping fee (to be paid to the custom upon arrival)
    • Meals and other personal expenses

    Dates

    Our programs are all year round. Application deadline is minimum 2 months prior to intended start date.

    For smooth preparations, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, preferable 3 – 4 months in advance.

    Late application is subject to late submission fee of $200.

    Procedure

    Our entire process is an easy 5-step journey – from application to after you return home.

    how it works 5 steps

    • Application

    Browse and choose! Check out the wide range of programs we offer by major, industry or location. Select the program you want (you can choose up to 5) and click Apply! For this step, you will need to fill in personal information and upload a resume.

    Can’t decide? Contact us for individualized recommendations. No fee is required at this stage and you can still change your selection later after an interview with our Placement Advisors.

    • Online Interview

    After your application is submitted, our Placement Advisor team will review your application and get in touch for a FREE online consultation on available opportunities. We will also answer all your questions about the location and guide you through the next steps.

    No rush to commitment! After the interview, you’ll receive a Conditional Offer with details of your chosen program. You’ll have time to review the offer and when ready, submit a deposit to secure your place. This deposit is fully refundable if you are not placed in a program.

    • Enrollment

    Welcome onboard! Our onsite team will work with you to ensure we secure a suitable placement. You will get to learn more about the role/ program you’re applying for through detailed description or interview with potential host companies/ universities so that both sides know whether it’s a good fit.  

    If all goes well, congratulations! You'll receive a placement offer. Time to prepare for your departure!

    • Onsite Experience

    It’s getting real! Once you’ve landed, our staff will be ready to welcome and pick you up to your accommodation.  You’ll get oriented with the city before starting work/ study next Monday.

    • Departure

    You did it! In one way or another, you’ve broadened your horizons! Time for final evaluation and reflection. Our onsite team will arrange for your departure and welcome you to our alumni network.

    For more details, visit our How it works. If you have any questions, contact us. Our staff will guide you through the entire process.

    Tentative Schedule

    Date Activity
    Thursday Arrival & Airport Pick-up
    Friday Orientation & Welcome Meal
    Saturday City tour
    Monday Company Induction & First working day
    Last working week Evaluation & Farewell
    Saturday Airport see-off

    Your selected programs

    (Select up to 5 opportunities. No fee is required)

    Overall we would say it was very positive. The immediate feedback and replies especially when she first arrived were so appreciated. I loved the Facebook posts and it made us feel a little closer to the experience there, especially when Monica was in the village and her internet was sporadic. Of course the village experience was exactly what Monica was hoping for, experience with children in another culture, living with a host family and having the support of mentors and people taking care of her, including taking her to the school each day. The excursion adventures were also amazing experiences for her and she was eager to participate in as much of exploring the Vietnamese countryside and culture as she could in her limited time.

    Linda Zang

    Education Internship ,Monica Anderson’s mother, USA

    I realize that the key to develop yourself is to improve your competence in a whole new environment, and coming to Vietnam for an internship accomplished what I came for. I came here because I wanted to have more confidence to speak up my mind in front of other people and it is hard to accomplish these when you are still in your comfort zone.

    Takahisa Morino

    Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

    Prior to arriving in Vietnam, I had never had a so-called “life-changing” experience. There is no guidebook on how to achieve one, nor was I able to grasp such a concept, moments so strong as to change the path for your life. That is until I went to Vietnam. There is so much more than meets the eye in the beautiful country of Vietnam. A tourist or temporary visitor may only be granted with picturesque views of rice fields and the women in their hats, the mountains of the north, or a steaming bowl of Pho placed on their plastic red table. And while these experiences are all incredible in their own right, there is so much more to discover, whether it be the story of the people under the hats, the sellers on the streets, or the history of the land that you have the opportunity to travel. ABROADER Vietnam granted me the opportunity to uncover such stories, and an internship with memories that has left me longing to go back since the moment I returned home. Vietnam has become my second home. Granted, I had gotten the opportunity to travel and become accustomed to Vietnam for about four months prior to starting the internship. My University had allowed me to study abroad during which time I adjusted to the food and language, learning about almost every aspect of Vietnam culture. But this was only a preview of what was to come. My time with the internship let me interact with the people, practice my Vietnamese, take trips with my coworkers, and uncover passions for things I didn’t know existed. I have too many incredible stories to be able to write them all throughout this review, and so I’ll pick a few of the mostly little interactions that really meant the most. ABROADER Vietnam set me up in a homestay, perhaps one of the highlights of my journey, and I can say with complete honesty that I felt like part of the family. There was a cook by the name of “Vui”, meaning happy in Vietnamese, and how appropriate as she radiated happiness onto me throughout my entire stay. She did not speak any English, but somehow I was able to coordinate trips to the market, request my favorite food for dinners, and convey to her how much I loved her country. She bought me 21 roses on my 21st birthday, only proving her kindness. The mother of the household, unlike Vui, spoke some English. She often taught me Vietnamese when I had free time, as well as took me to the market, and made me feel extremely welcome when I felt the slightest bit homesick. But as for the internship itself, I was placed in two hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, one directly in the center, and one located more on the outskirts. I’m not going to lie and say that there were no challenges. Originally people were confused to why I was there, I got lost several times, and some days I had no one to teach me, but those were a minuscule few days as most, out of a ten week internship. I made friends with the doctors who taught me about topics from infectious diseases in Vietnam, to the catheder lab, and even more in the surgical urology department.. We frequently went out to eat, where we exchanged stories, and I answered curious questions about my time in Vietnam thus far. Other friends I made were medical students, originally too shy to approach me, but through my time in the hospital gathered up the courage to speak to me. I served to help them practice their English and was happy about it as I know how many opportunities it can open up for them. They invited me for bubble tea, food, and even once to a Vietnamese fruit farm, two hours by train. I was gifted the opportunity to dress up in the MOST attractive brown cloth attire, and proceed to pick and eat as much fruit as humanly possible on perhaps one of the most humid days. While I felt almost at home, eating to my hearts desire, I most certainly looked out of place with the brown pants acting more like a short capri on my long legs. It was days like this that I got to thinking of how grateful I was for the opportunity to stay in Vietnam for a little bit longer. I learned lots about my friends, and one of my favorite aspects of their culture is how open they are to strangers; how they just immediately let them in to their personal lives, and are completely honest. It is something that I miss the most. And lastly, as I don’t want to write a novel here, I have to talk about my experiences with the nurses at the second hospital that I worked in. The first week as usual was slightly stressful with not much sense of direction, but I quickly made friends, and their generosity was incredible. My days consisted of learning from doctors for a few hours, walking from room to room, checking patients vitals, or just practicing Vietnamese. But as soon as I took a break in the nurses “lounge”, I was bombarded with different Vietnamese foods coming my way. Each nurse wanted to share with me a piece of their dish, and talk to me as much as they could. Each morning from there on I would be asked in Vietnamese “Ali an sang chua?”, a phrase meaning “have you eaten breakfast yet?” Per usual I had not, and my answer encouraged them to start making me a coffee, and once again piling different foods in my bowls and encouraging me to eat mysterious shaped foods. My response that the food was delicious, or “ngon”, only encouraged them more. This routine continued until the end of my internship. The goodbyes were not easy, and there were many I had to make. Each attempted goodbye always ended with another attempt by them to try and meet up once more, at which I sullenly had to refuse. There are only a few things I will say to end this review that went much too long. These moments that I experienced were granted to me due to my opportunity to take up an internship with ABROADER, who set me up in the select hospitals, with my host family, and opened the doors for me to make connections. And of course when you take on an internship you have to do your part. You must be open, able to laugh when things don’t go your way, and not let any roadblock deter you. Looking back I know that I have changed. While I couldn’t see it in the moment, the internship boosted my confidence and improved my relationship with failure. It also made my more open with myself and those that I met. I wished my internship could go longer, and perhaps I will find a job in Vietnam one day, so for now all I can do is reminisce through reviews about the most life-changing time I had with my internship and with ABROADER.

    Alison Burelbach

    Medical Internship ,Loyola University Chicago, USA

    Words cannot describe how much I gain from this internship. The time here have been productive, meaningful and of course an unforgettable one! When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City for the internship, I was overwhelmed by the culture difference. To the roads packed with motorcycles to the food, everything was different for me. Honestly, I thought it would be very hard for me to adapt to the culture in Vietnam, however, ABROADER Vietnam provide us with a lot of support! They have local buddies that bought us around Ho Chi Minh City, teach us their culture and are very open and happy going! They even bought us to grocery shopping which we needed desperately! :) What’s more they gave me an internship in one of Vietnam’s top IT outsourcing company! The team was professional, always looking for ways to improve and welcoming! They always try their best that i am doing great! Thank You ABROADER Vietnam!

    Gerald Heng

    IT Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    I enjoyed my time and the program greatly in Vietnam. It seemed as if the program tried its best to guide all interns in the right direction and was helpful when needed. The thing I will remember most about the internship will be the people I met, specifically the other interns and the patients I worked with. The various interns I met throughout the hospital taught me how to think in a different mindset in order to problem solve and treat a patient. As for the patients, they taught me their culture, and to always shave a positive attitude and outlook on things. Each of the patients had suffered an accident that had effected their capability to live their lives, and yet each patient had such a positive attitude.

    Rylie Dunn

    Medical Internship ,Iowa State University, USA

    I did have a bit of trouble with my original internship, but ABROADER was very supportive and active in ensuring I got the best experience and helped me switch to a different company. My new company became a place where I learned about company life and got to work on independent projects. It was also great to have the local buddies with us, as they went around town and did different activities with us. The local buddies definitely made my experience here more fun and made it easier for me to acclimate to life here. Also, going around Ho Chi Minh City was actually much safer than I had imagined, and people here are usually very friendly to help out foreigners. My time here went by very quickly, and my summer experience of growing, learning, exploring, and lots of eating is definitely one I will remember!

    Jamie Kim

    Communication Internship ,Princeton University, USA

    Pursuing overseas intern in the healthcare industry is learning the difference between the healthcare system of your country and theirs. In the hospital I worked in, I was given the chance to hop between different sub departments in the Pharmacy department to learn and complete the usual work routine. Although this was a wholesome experience it would have been better if I could speak Vietnamese, their local language, as this would enable me to perform more tasks such as administrative work or communicating with patients. If you would like to experience overseas internship, know that you will have addition tasks to do. In addition, be prepared to learn the local language.

    Shiraishi Kei

    Healthcare & Pharmacy Internship ,Republic Polytechnic, Singapore

    The whole experience of doing internship in Vietnam, living and meeting the people in this beautiful country will be a memory I’ll always remember. My host organization was ABROADER Vietnam. For the most part, I was clear about the responsibilities & rules expected to accomplish & follow during my filming and photography internship at the company. My supervisor and the program coordinator cared a lot about me, even when they didn’t pay attention to me, the only downfall was my skills on graphic design which I still need to improve to support my work in the company. My work was crucial at a marketing and branding level, which is the image of the company itself. If there is anything I wish to do that would make the internship in Vietnam perfect was that I could stay in Halong Bay one more day.

    Miguel Fernando Del Moral

    Filming and Photography Internship ,Relativity School, USA

    I have always been an extremely shy person, when I was small, my face would turn red and I even cried in front of people. Now that I’m a grown up, I want to become more confident, make friends and talk with them like other people do after one-month internship here in Vietnam.

    Miho Matsui

    Education Internship ,Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

    The three weeks that I spent in Vietnam gave me a unique insight and greater appreciation into the world around me. Going to Vietnam has made me value the things I take for granted in Australia, such as just being able to drink clean water from the tap. I discovered that the people of Vietnam are so generous and forgiving. I made many new friends during the study tour and learned a course all whilst touring a great country. The study tour was very enjoyable and I had lots of fun along the way with the activities planned by the local buddies. The course itself was interesting and I genuinely enjoyed the content, despite it being so condensed into a few weeks. My advice for students wanting to go on ABROADER study tour would be to just enjoy the trip while it lasts and take as many photos as possible, because the time goes so quick. A huge thank you to all the organisers of the trip and to the local buddies for making this trip possible and the best it could have been.

    Dante Staneke

    Electrical Engineering & Computing Study Tour ,University of Newcastle, Australia