The UCLA International Nursing Observership Program is an informal observership experience that enables participants to observe UCLA Health nurses in various units during patient rounds, bedside care, and clinical settings. Federal regulations prevent observers from having patient care responsibilities or involvement in any form of volunteer research. Please note as an observer, you are not eligible to have an ucla.edu email address and cannot have access to our electronic patient record keeping system. All health professionals participating in the UCLA International Nursing Observership Program are required to comply with UCLA Health policies.
Please note participation in the observership program does not have any bearing on pending or future education program applications. UCLA Health is unable to provide any recommendation letters regarding your participation in the observership program.
The observership lasts a maximum of two weeks. We are unable to accept requests for observerships longer than two weeks.
Hold valid nursing license.
Proficient in English
In order for you to have the most productive educational and learning experience during your observership, you must be proficient in English.
You are required to have a B-1 (Temporary Business Visitor) visa. Please note UCLA is unable to assist in processing visas. To find out more about temporary business visas, please go to the US Customs & Immigration Services website: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-visitors-business. If you have a different type of visa, please contact the International Office at IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.
Please note there is a nonrefundable $500 application fee. There is a $300/day training fee; payment will need to be received prior to start of observership. Observers will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and living expenses.
Please see below for the specialties’ observership schedule. Please note the below months are the only times each specialty is able to host an observer; requests for exceptions cannot be accepted.
JULY - Transplant/Surgical
APRIL- Emergency Department
OCTOBER- Emergency Department
To apply, please complete the below application and submit to IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.
For additional questions regarding the program, requirements, or application process, please contact the International Education Program at IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu or call +1 310-794-9975.