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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152829
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Removing Barriers to Study Abroad Programs for Nursing Students
Abstract:
Removing Barriers to Study Abroad Programs for Nursing Students
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Edmonds, Michelle L., PhD, ARNP-BC, CEN, CNE
P.I. Institution Name:Jacksonville University
Title:Associate Professor
[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to examine potential motivators and barriers for students in deciding to study abroad and to use these findings to develop possible strategies to remove barriers.  Methods:  Exploratory descriptive.  All graduate and undergraduate students at a small, liberal arts university in the Southeastern United States were emailed a link to an electronic survey.  Students were invited to participate, regardless if they had previously studied abroad (participants) or not (non-participants). 
Results: The sample included 143 respondents who were largely single, young, Caucasian females - incidentally also the primary group of students who choose to study abroad.  Students of all disciplines expressed an interest in studying abroad and expressed a desire that the study abroad program be tailored to their declared major.  Similarly for participants and non-participants, respondents reported barriers to studying abroad including: money; school, family, and work commitments; safety and procedural concerns; inexperience with ever having traveled outside of their own country.  Despite reported barriers, almost 72% are either very likely or somewhat likely that they will study abroad prior to graduation.  Motivators included: wanting to learn about people of other cultures; experience for my resume; learn a foreign language; and like to travel.  Conclusion: Possible strategies to eliminate or reduce the impact of these barriers include: faculty can devise new Study Abroad programs tailored to the discipline that fit in with program of study so students are not delayed in graduation (short-term programs) and are cost-effective; faculty can offer courses abroad that fulfill requirements needed for the major or service-learning requirement on a consistent basis; guest speakers (students/faculty) to share their experience abroad; lobby for study abroad scholarships and grants. Other recommendations in making study abroad more accessible as expressed by respondents include: orientation to expectations; ways to keep connected while abroad; funding.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRemoving Barriers to Study Abroad Programs for Nursing Studentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152829-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Removing Barriers to Study Abroad Programs for Nursing Students</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Edmonds, Michelle L., PhD, ARNP-BC, CEN, CNE</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Jacksonville University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">medmond@ju.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[2nd International Nursing Research Conference for the World Academy of Nursing Science - Presentation] Purpose:&nbsp; The purpose of this study was to&nbsp;examine potential motivators and barriers for students in deciding to study abroad and to use these findings to develop possible strategies to remove barriers.&nbsp; Methods:&nbsp; Exploratory descriptive.&nbsp; All graduate and undergraduate students at a small, liberal arts university in the Southeastern United States were emailed a link to an electronic survey.&nbsp; Students were invited to participate, regardless if they had previously studied abroad (participants) or not (non-participants).&nbsp; <br/>Results: The sample included 143 respondents who were largely single, young, Caucasian females - incidentally also the primary group of students who choose to study abroad.&nbsp; Students of all disciplines expressed an interest in studying abroad and expressed a desire that the study abroad program be tailored to their declared major.&nbsp; Similarly for participants and non-participants,&nbsp;respondents reported barriers to studying abroad including: money; school, family, and work commitments; safety and procedural concerns; inexperience with ever having traveled outside of their own country.&nbsp; Despite reported barriers, almost 72% are either very likely or somewhat likely that they will study abroad prior to graduation.&nbsp;&nbsp;Motivators included: wanting to learn about people of other cultures; experience for my resume; learn a foreign language; and like to travel.&nbsp; Conclusion: Possible strategies to eliminate or reduce the impact of these barriers include: faculty can devise new Study Abroad programs tailored to the discipline that fit in with program of study so students are not delayed in graduation (short-term programs) and are cost-effective; faculty can offer courses abroad that fulfill requirements needed for the major or service-learning requirement on a consistent basis; guest speakers (students/faculty) to share their experience abroad; lobby for study abroad scholarships and grants. Other recommendations in making study abroad more accessible as expressed by respondents include: orientation to expectations; ways to keep connected while abroad; funding.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:51:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:51:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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