Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Nursing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Buon Pomeriggio! Good afternoon!

The RN-BSN and MSN students are having a fabulous time in Italy. They’ve had the opportunity to travel to Rome to visit historical sites including the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica while visiting local health care organizations to learn about Italy’s healthcare system. They’ve even participated in a cooking class in Florence to learn more about the benefits of a Mediterranean diet. Please see the below message and accompanying pictures from two students on the trip.

From Lynne McCaffery:

What better way to experience the cuisine here in Florence, Italy than to be the students at the Apicius. It is a renown International school of hospitality. The chef’s name was Lorenzo. He first explained to our group of ten nurses the composition of a Mediterranean diet.  It was made clear that Extra virgin olive oil is the cooking oil of choice. The menu we cooked consisted of: gnocchi Di Pafate ( potato gnocchi). Pan fried calamari, broccoli rabe with chickpea cream, Tuscan kale pesto, and finally schiacciata fuorentina ( orange cake). We worked in groups of 2 each grouping working on a portion of the meal.  The experience provided us with not only cooking lessons but providing us with an experience of bonding that fostered a new level of friendship, laughter and of course, accomplishment. Dinner was enjoyed by all. As we walked to our hotel as it rained and  thunder started  the lights went out. We safely returned to the hotel.  Laughter ensued, and memories formed that will live forever. The night the lights went out in Italy…..

From Cindy Arnesault:

Hello from Rome! Some of us were able to enjoy a free day on March 5th in Rome. To ensure we saw as much as we could we took a tour which allowed us to seem many sights.  The first stop was the Colosseum!!!! Amazing!! From there we traveled to the Vatican City and experienced the St. Peter’s Basilica. The day was fascinating, beautiful, and historical.  What a phenomenal experience – an experience of a lifetime!

We will continue to provide updates and first-hand experiences from our students. In the meantime, we look forward to their safe return and learning more about their thoughts on healthcare and nursing practice after this wonderful experience.

Colosseum St. Peter's Basilica IMG_0229Vatican City