Day 13 – Last Clinical and Beginning of Pride Month!

Today was our last day of clinical in Oslo. My clinical placement was at FACT Gamle Oslo. FACT is a Flexible Assertive Community Treatment center that aids individuals experiencing severe mental health conditions as well as comorbid substance abuse, homelessness, and trauma. Using the ACT model which was started in the United States, The FACT team goes meets with patients in their homes or treatment facilities. Here they provide mental health services and essential medications free of cost to the patients. These services lend to SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing as they support the whole person which includes mental health.

Fact team

The FACT team travels primarily by e-bike or walking as they visit their patients. I got the opportunity to accompany the team on several assessment sessions in the community. This method of transportation is not only environmentally friendly, but it allows the providers to get exercise and fresh air in between visits which supports SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing, #11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and #12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Members of the FACT team explained that biking and walking to their appointments also helps them to maintain energy and mood throughout the day.

Fact team riding bikes

Today also marked the first day of Pride Month. The students of LDUC decorated the college and had a celebratory barbeque with hot dogs and ice cream. The celebration of Pride month reinforces SDG #5 Gender Equality, and #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

PRIDE photos at LDUC

By celebrating and openly accepting individual differences, we create inclusive and safe spaces. It was wonderful to see everyone come together to spread love!


Signing off…..xoxo Norway!

Day 8: Start of the Free weekend!

Dear Readers,

It’s not difficult to tell that we have all had a jam-packed schedule since we touched down in Norway. It has been a full week of bouncing from one amazing learning experience after the next. We are also very excited to have a couple of days to explore the city at our own pace as we approach the weekend!

Today, some of us embarked on a 2-hour cruise of Oslo’s fjord on board the SS Helena, a 101-foot-long sailboat that was built in the year 1947 and was used as a fishing boat until the 1980s.

Island Tour
As we listened to the waves lapping against the hull of the boat, we were treated with a view of the Oslo Opera House, the Munch Museum (more on that later), and other landmarks of Aker Brygge (downtown/harbor area), as well as some sights that were a bit farther out on the water. These included a former Norway Navigational School, countless picturesque summer homes, a former airport strip from the 1820s, and an island that was inhabited by Cistercian Monks during the Middle Ages! The monks who lived on the island of Hovedøya followed a strict doctrine that forbade them from being asleep during hours of daylight. Given that it is light for almost 24 hours a day in the peak of the summer here in Oslo, the monks had themselves a problem. They eventually appealed to the Pope to have their doctrine changed, and this change came to be known as the Scandinavian Exception. The boat tour was a truly enriching yet serene experience that I will not forget.

After the boat tour, some of us headed to Barcode Street Food to eat dinner near the harbor. I have noticed that Oslo is home to an immense variety of food from cultures all around the globe. There are also quite a few “food halls” like Barcode and Oslo Street Food (where we ate last week), which have many different vendors and a food option for everybody! Also, there were recycling stations all around the food hall! Oslo supports sustainable development goal #12, Responsible Consumption and Production, by offering a variety of recycling and composting sites.

Barcode FoodBarcode food 3

With full bellies and persisting creative appetites, some of us visited the aforementioned Edvard Munch Museum to get our artistic fix. We walked around the 13-story building and looked at works by Edvard Munch, the Norwegian painter who is most famous for his painting, “The Scream.” The most interesting exhibit to me was the “Solen” room, filled with massive paintings that were commissioned by Oslo University in the early 1900s as a backdrop for the school’s Hall of Ceremonies. I could not believe the scale of the paintings in this room. They towered over any person who walked up to view them! There was also an interactive exhibit in which you could walk through a floor plan of Munch’s home and learn more about his life while looking at objects that he actually owned and used. This museum is an example of how Oslo adheres to sustainable development goal #4, Quality Education. The Munch Museum is one of MANY museums in Oslo that are not only educational but offer discounts to students and other population groups. The museum was well worth the visit!


Stay tuned for more updates from Norway!

Thanks for checking in,


Preparing for Nursing in Norway 2023



There is a lot of excitement at the Ohio State University (OSU) as the graduate entry nursing students are preparing to be on location at Lovisenberg Diaconal University College (LDUC) and surrounding area in Oslo, Norway for 2 weeks this summer.  The students will be completing clinical hours for their Community Health Nursing class with faculty from OSU and LDUC, as well as students from LDUC.  They are learning to be community health nurses and global citizens.

We invite you over the next two weeks to follow our students blog and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Ha en fin flytur” (have a safe flight),

XOXO Nursing in Norway 2023

Drs. Jeanie Bochenek & Tracy Taylor (OSU Nursing Faculty)