In my opinion, there is no more colorful city than Istanbul. This city has certainly captured the attention of foreign students, and mine too, and I have never once regretted choosing the colourful, fabulous and warm-hearted city of Istanbul for my Surgical Nursing Practice. I can’t hide the fact that I was very worried  for the first week. This is the first time I’ve ever gone somewhere alone. I was worried about whether I would be able to find like-minded people, good acquaintances, and be able to get along. But after a few days, all my doubts evaporated. Istanbul people are very friendly, always there to give advice and help, even if they don’t speak or understand English very well (which is very common), they will always try to use a translator and won’t leave you in the lurch.  For your own peace of mind, I would advise you to learn a few words of Turkish , and you will certainly surpass the rest when working in a hospital with locals.

It is easy to get lost in Cerrah Pasha Hospital, the surrounding area is indescribably large, and not only locals but also people from other cities and sometimes other countries come to this hospital for treatment. Istanbul residents say that this hospital is the best in all of Istanbul, with specialists in all fields of medicine. I did my surgical nursing internship in intensive care with post-operative patients. I gained a lot of experience there. I saw how post-operative patients are cared for, what medicines are allowed, what procedures are used. I was able to fill in nursing sheets independently. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I would go to the operating rooms and observe many different operations, and the surgeons would always explain what kind of operation was being performed and what technique was being used. I was allowed to observe all the operations I wanted to go to.

I would like to express my gratitude to the staff at Cerrah Pasha Hospital and to the team that worked with me every day. All my questions were answered. They took great care of me and always asked me if I had any questionsThey also wanted to know if I could come again, and I feel that I would really like to and I miss them already. If you also want to learn a lot, gain a lot of experience and make some great friends, go to Istanbul. I am sure you will not regret it.

Julija Burlakova, student at Faculty of Health Care