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Netherlands: Amsterdam & Rotterdam | Belgium: Bruges | 9 days | September 28 - October 5, 2019 | $5,499

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Advanced Practice Nursing Journey to the Netherlands & Belgium

led by Dr. Nancy Dirrubo

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Day 01: Depart for Amsterdam
Fly out of Boston (LOG) today and make your way to Amsterdam. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! ​

Day 02: Arrival Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arrive in Amsterdam this morning. Upon arrival and after clearing customs, the group will be met by your national guide and transferred to your local hotel.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon followed by a chance to gather for a welcome and orientation briefing with your national guide.

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center has spectacular views over the city and vistas over the river IJ. Located just 20 minutes from Schiphol Airport, they are in a fantastic location in the heart of the city center, within walking distance of Amsterdam’s historical center, its central station and many museums. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, onsite dining and a gym/sauna.

Check into the hotel early this afternoon around 3:00 pm and join the group again for a Journal Club session.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)
Meals: Dinner


Day 03: Amsterdam - Cultural Explorations & Professional Program

This morning the group will depart for a city walking tour. Your primary destination this morning is the Anne Frank House and Museum, for an opportunity to learn firsthand about Anne’s life and to view the collection of original items connected to her tragic story. Continue onward to see other highlights including Westerkerk, Museumhuis Bartolotti, Onze Liere Vrouwekerk, the Royal Palace, the New Church, and Dominicuskerk. The best of Amsterdam all in one area will ensure you see some of the city’s most notable sights during your morning explorations.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Meet with Japp Kappert, MANP who is the policy officer at the Dutch Nurse Practitioner’s Association and is on the faculty at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He will be talking to the group this afternoon about full practice authority in the Netherlands, government healthcare policy, and the new NP professional framework in the Netherlands.

Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience as you cruise through Amsterdam’s beautiful historic canals and dine under the stars.

Overnight:  Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner












Day 04: Day Trip to Rotterdam & Zoetermeer

After breakfast head to Rotterdam to visit Erasmus Hospital and meet with Eline Visser, MANP to learn about advanced practice nursing education in the Netherlands. Tour Erasmus Hospital, which is the newest, largest teaching hospital in the Netherlands.

Head onward to Delft for lunch and a short stop at the Royal Delft Factory to visit their gift shop.

Later travel to Vivaldi in Zoetermeer where Yvonne Haar de Bruijn, MANP will lead a tour of the facility which offers long-stay (psycho geriatric and somatic wards), geriatric rehab, and palliative care. She will discuss how the Dutch view aging, death and dying and how this shapes public policy.

Return to Amsterdam where dinner is on your own this evening. For those who prefer not to venture out, the hotel has onsite dining on the second floor with a view of the river IJ. They also offer 24-hour room service for your convenience.
Overnight: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Professional Program

 After breakfast, you will meet in the hotel for completion of the Journal Club with your program leader. You will have time on your own to explore Amsterdam with lunch on your own today.

This afternoon you will participate in a workshop with several Dutch APNs on the eve of their annual NP conference. A panel will discuss the role and scope of practice of the AAPN in Holland.

Immediately following, attend a wine and cheese reception with more opportunity to network with colleagues.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) this evening.

OvernightMövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast 

​​Day 06: Cultural Exploration Bruges
After breakfast, head to Bruges. While in Bruges, you will enjoy a guided walking tour before having some free time in one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.

Often said to be the Venice of the North because of its canals crisscrossing the city, Bruges is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers its visitors a glimpse of notable medieval buildings including the Church of Our Lady, whose 13th century belfry includes the sculpture Madonna and Child and is believed to be the only one of Michelangelo’s sculptures to have left Italy. Also see the Beguinage, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, the Provinciaal Hof, Dweersstraat and St. Salvator’s Cathedral. Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th–15th century), St. Salvator’s has amongst its treasures a loft with an organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings, some dating back to the 14th century.

Beyond the sights there are hundreds of canals, picturesque streets and opportunities to sample traditional Belgian food and beer. Lunch will be provided this afternoon at a local restaurant.


This afternoon you will have some free time on your own for independent exploration before heading back to Amsterdam.

Dinner is on your own this evening.
Overnight: Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch













Day 07: Cultural Exploration and Free Time
This morning the group will visit and tour the Van Gogh Museum. The museum showcases more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of his letters. They also focus on research and conservation, so visitors can get an insider look at the conservation work that goes on and learn more about Van Gogh’s life outside of his art.

Lunch is on your own this afternoon.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax or explore other areas of interest in Amsterdam.

This evening the group will share memories and experiences during the farewell dinner in Amsterdam.
Overnight:  Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center​ (or similar)​​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 08: Depart for the USA 
​Today say goodbye to Netherlands, depart for the airport for your flight back to USA.
Meals: Breakfast


Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Shared Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,666.33 USD
Total $5,498.99 USD
Single Room
Number of payments 4
Payment Due*Amount
Upon Registration$500.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,999.33 USD
Total $6,497.99 USD
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​​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Nancy E. Dirubbo, DNP, FNP, FAANP

Nancy is an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University (2015 to present). She also founded Travel Health of New Hampshire in 2008 and is a family nurse practitioner and travel health specialist in that role as company owner. She is a nurse educator and owner of Beacon Continuing Education, LLC which provides live and online continuing education programs for nurses. Some of her career highlights include the American Nurses' Association Award for Excellence in Writing, New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner

Association Award for Legislative

Work, as well as being named

One of the 25 Most Influential

Nurse Practitioners in the United

States by the Nurse Practitioner Journal.

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Why is the Netherlands rated the third best health care system in the world by WHO compared to the U.S. (rated #37)? How does the Dutch unique culture and attitudes influence health care policy? What lessons can APNs in U.S. learn from examining the role of APN in Holland? Join us and enjoy the unique culture and traditions of the Netherlands while you learn and earn up to 16 CE.

Professional highlights include: Panel discussion on the scope of practice of APNs in Holland, followed by a networking wine and cheese reception; an overview of the Dutch health care system from Jaap Kappert, APN and a policy officer of the Dutch NP Association; hands-on lectures by various Dutch APNs focused on how primary care is delivered and how their unique models of community care and palliative/hospice care are also delivered;and  Journal Club group discussions with members of the group. Cultural & community explorations will include the Anne Frank House to hear more about the story of Anne, the secret annex, and her diary; step into Van Gogh’s world with a visit to the Van Gogh Museum; walking tour of Old Amsterdam exploring architecture, art and culture; a day trip to Bruges, Belgium, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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