A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nursing grad uses cross-cultural experience in his career

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In 2013, Mike Flor would begin a journey that forever changed how he viewed the world.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Flor, who came to the U.S. from Denmark as part of a cross-cultural experience with the nursing program. “I met a lot of interesting people, and made friends that it is exciting to see again.”

Flor was visiting in the U.S. last month with his wife and daughter. Here, he reconnected with friends from Aultman Hospital, and Professor of Nursing Lora Wyss took the Flor family to their first baseball game.

Flor is working as a nurse in a homecare unit in the town he lives in.

“Our homecare is different from the one you know in the U.S.,” he said. “We have a 24-hour service in which we’re in contact with our citizens. Most of my time goes to wound caring, adjusting medicine, and hospice care for those in need.”

Immediately after graduation, Flor worked in an emergency room for two years.

Flor enjoyed his time at Malone – and liked teaching his classmates about his own country as well.

“I learned a great deal about another culture and how to interact with different types of individuals,” he said. “I learned a lot about the U.S. Healthcare system and found a lot of differences between the two systems. Reflecting upon the differences, I find positive and negative things about both. I think a system integrated with the best of the U.S. and Danish systems would be very effective.”