Local Internship Programme

In line with the School of Health Sciences’ philosophy of “Going Beyond the Classroom”, we offer internships to help students merge theory with therapy. The precious experiences in working with clients, patients, members of interdisciplinary teams and members of the community will imbue our students with skills that facilitate an effective transition from student to professional life.

Diploma in Nursing

Nursing is a practice-oriented profession. During the academic semester, students undergo six to eight hours per week of preparatory work in the nursing laboratories. These specialized laboratories resemble actual hospital wards. After acquiring the necessary skills, the students spend several weeks during intra-semester and vacation periods attached to hospitals and/or the institutions/community settings. Under supervision, they are given the opportunity to develop their clinical expertise and confidence in the working world of the professional nurse.

In the first year, students will begin with basic care of individuals of all ages focusing on the basic care of individuals of all ages. Clinical practice begins in the first semester with attachment to the hospital and community health services. In the second year, students will concentrate on acute care including medical and surgical nursing of children and adults. Third-year students will progress to complex nursing care such as accident and emergency, operating theatre, mental health and critical care nursing. They will consolidate skills learnt in the first two years and acquire further nursing skills. They will also learn and apply managerial and research skills.

 

Clinical Placement schedule can be accessed from myNYP Portal.

In line with the School of Health Sciences’ philosophy of “Going Beyond the Classroom”, we offer internships to help students merge theory with therapy. The precious experiences in working with clients, patients, members of interdisciplinary teams and members of the community will imbue our students with skills that facilitate an effective transition from student to professional life.

 

Diploma in Oral Health Therapy

The clinical practicum for Oral Health Therapy provides students with the opportunities to learn about adult education, and to develop and practise dental care skills in pre-clinical and clinical settings.

In the first year, students will begin with basic dental care of individuals at Health Promotion Board. In the second year, students would obtain opportunities to develop their skills at the School Dental Centre and School Dental Clinics. In the final year, students continue to increase their knowledge of oral diagnosis, oral diseases and their prevention, the use of dental materials, team work and radiology at School Dental Centre and dental clinics.

Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work)

As part of field placement modules, students are attached to social service agencies or healthcare institutions. Through the exposure to real-life practice situations, students learn to integrate social work theory into practice by observing and practicing methods and skills at an individual, group or community level. Students will also be supervised by qualified field supervisors and placement coordinators who will provide guidance for them to develop personally and professionally.

Students are required to fulfil two Field Placement stints. The first placement spans 8 weeks and the second placement spans 12 weeks. In the second field experience, it marks the culmination of learning in the diploma course. Through the exposure to a wider range of client issues within the designated fieldwork setting, students will reinforce their integration of social work theory into practice. With field supervision, they will also be given opportunities to handle social work tasks with greater autonomy, and develop their professional identity and competence as a Social Work Associate.

Overseas Internship Programme (OIP)

Besides the internship programme at local healthcare institutions, students can also apply for the Overseas Internship Programme (OIP). The OIP gives final year students an opportunity to undertake a segment of their clinical placement in overseas hospitals to gain valuable skills and regional/global experiences.

The internship programmes are offered as 4 to 6 weeks placements in Medical-Surgical or Gerontology settings during September/October.  If selected after a competitive application process, you will be attached to an overseas healthcare institution in Germany, Australia, USA, Japan or Taiwan. 

Hear what our students say on their overseas clinical placement!

My internship in Melbourne-Australia 

During my overseas internship in Melbourne last September, I experienced a different aspect of nursing care at Liscombe House. Through the entire time, the term ‘holistic care’ and how the elderly patients were treated really made an impact on me. For starters, patients were called residents. Each resident was given the opportunity to decorate their rooms as they wish with items from their home.
Residents also participated in diversional therapy such as pet therapy and art therapy. Ponies, rabbits, arts and crafts were used as comforting tools for residents with depression. Doll therapy was also practiced for residents with dementia, allowing them to simulate companionship.
Through my four weeks of attachment, I learnt the importance of providing holistic and comfortable care instead of focusing on the physical aspect of care in the older adults. Am grateful for this opportunity. 

- Jo-Lynn Koh, Year 3, Diploma in Nursing.

Posted to an Ivy League School (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Angelica was posted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as part of her overseas internship programme from Aug 29 to Oct 18 2017. The hospital was founded by U Penn’s School of Medicine.

“Of course, I was excited when I heard I was going to America, and, on top of that, I was going to U Penn – one of the top universities in the world!”

The first culture shock: In the US, nurses don scrubs rather than uniforms, shares Angelica. Then, work days would start and end with conferences during which she met with her medical team to discuss and assess the effectiveness of proposed treatments. This meant that she had to do thorough research and patient interviews to plan for their care. She also had the opportunity to perform procedures under the supervision of a clinical instructor.

“This was an eye-opening experience, one that boosted my confidence. I was able to apply my skills, and also communicate with patients from a different culture, who are more interactive and inquisitive.”

Of course, it was not all hard work, Angelica found time to attend a fall festival at a nearby park, and enjoyed events, games, live performances and unusual festival foods such as funnel cake. The verdict? “VERY SWEET,” she grimaces with a laugh.

PS: She reveals that she had a wonderful time travelling to an orchard and drinking her fill of apple cider.

- Angelica Hernandez

Year 3, Diploma In Nursing

Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, Hualien

"We were posted to Taiwan, where we did our OIP for 2 weeks at the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hua Lien. At first it was difficult to speak Mandarin in a medical setting, but we became more confident with using medical and technical terms.
We were also very touched that the Taiwanese patients trusted and warmed up to us even though we were foreigners. We’re very inspired to be compassionate and competent nurses like our Taiwanese counterparts."

- Teo Tong Hui & Ng Wan Ni, Year 3, Diploma In Nursing