From the classroom to the clinic – making a difference in rural Vietnamese communities

Celeste Bruce, one of our Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing (RUSON) made the decision to head overseas to Vietnam for her summer holidays —though she didn’t spend her days relaxing by the pool. Instead, she underwent a three-week placement program, an opportunity granted to a few select nursing students from Charles Darwin and Griffith University.  

Celeste honed her nursing skills, collaborating with Mai Chau General Hospital and Mai Chau Health District, completing her primary healthcare placement in a varied cultural setting.  

Students in the program were able to shadow hospital nursing staff on ward rounds and observe surgeries while working in a nearby commune clinic providing health assessments to its residents. Allowing Celeste to increase her knowledge of the region while she helped build the capacity of the hospital, remote community clinics and their teams.  

Celeste also didn’t arrive empty-handed! She brought over donated PPE, hygiene products, clothes and stationery, which helped her run educational workshops at the local clinics and schools, teaching general health messages such as correct hand washing and teeth brushing techniques, sanitation, reproductive health and STI prevention.  

Please join us in congratulating Celeste on accomplishing this fantastic achievement, bringing home a wealth of new knowledge.