Back at home

Time has flown so fast. We have already been in Finland three weeks! I cannot believe it. When we came back to Finland the traveling took almost one day, 20 hours. The flight felt like it took an eternity, the flying time was long but maybe also the enthusiasm to see family members and friends…

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Final thoughts

It has been over three weeks since I got home and I’m good! Returning home was great, I was happy to get to spend Christmas with my family and loved ones. Many people warned me about getting a new cultural shock when getting back home, but I have to say that I felt like I…

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Time to say goodbye to Taiwan

Practical trainings and our exchange period here in Taiwan is now over and tomorrow we are heading back to home. We have quite mixed feelings about leaving, it is nice to go home but we think that we will miss Taiwan. Let’s see what kind of cultural shock we will face when we get back…

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Final week

Our journey in Taiwan is almost over, only ten days before we have to say goodbye to this city and head home. Last practical training has gone well so far, Lila is in the pediatric cancer ward and Riikka is in geriatric ward. Time has gone so fast, that it feels impossible that our three-and-half-month…

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Amazing Hong Kong

Before we even arrived in Taiwan, we decided that we also want to visit some other city or country during our three-month visit in Asia. Our first plan was to go to Shanghai, but getting a visa for mainland China seemed to be so difficult and inconvenient so we changed our destination to Hong Kong….

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Home care practice

Our four week home care practice is now over. Our practice place was Chiang-Chin Foundation of Nursing Perspectives. The company has an assisted living home in Taipei and a nursing home in Kaohsiung (southern Taiwan), but mainly it provides home care services such as skill nurse visits and cleaning and cooking aid. During the first…

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Life outside the hospital part 2

Freetime activities. In the beginning our freetime activities were mostly just wandering around, getting used to the places and visiting all kinds of tourist sights. Nowadays when every tourist sight has been seen and the ”normal life” has began, we spend our freetime tasting different kinds of foods, going to the movies, shopping, hanging out…

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Life outside the hospital

The culture in Taiwan is obviously very different compared to Finnish culture. People here are friendly, helpful and hospitable, especially towards foreign people. Even though they couldn’t speak english, they still try to help as best as they can. This was nice in the beginning when everything was new to us and we needed help…

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Surgical practice, done!

Surgical nursing practice is now behind. The last two weeks we spent in neurological wards. Mostly we were on the general wards but we also visited intensive care unit, operation room and rehabilitation center. On the general wards patients were mainly pre-operative/post-operative brain tumor patients. However there were also patients with difficult epilepsy or spinal cord…

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Sunny and stormy Taiwan

So far, Taiwan weather has been lovely (most of the time). At least when talking about the temperature. T-shirts and shorts have become our favourite clothes, since it is 25-30 celcius everyday. In Finland we usually prepare ourselves with clothes when we go outside but in here it is the opposite. From now on, when…

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