Gaining Cultural Sensitivity Through an International Immersion Study Tour: Student Perspectives

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160795
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Presentation
Title:
Gaining Cultural Sensitivity Through an International Immersion Study Tour: Student Perspectives
Abstract:
Gaining Cultural Sensitivity Through an International Immersion Study Tour: Student Perspectives
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Jambunathan, Jayalakshmi, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Contact Address:800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA
Contact Telephone:920-424-1274
Co-Authors:J. Jambunathan, D. Pope, , University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing, Oshkosh, WI;
Cultural sensitivity is a necessary component of cultural competence, and health care professionals must make an effort to be aware of the potential and actual cultural factors that affect their interactions with a client. Nurse educators must be willing to design programs and materials, to implement programs, and to make recommendations that are culturally relevant and culturally specific. Although there is a plethora of quantitative studies examining cultural competence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and cross-cultural adjustment, few studies have examined the perceptions and learning experiences of students undertaking an international study tour. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cultural impact of international experiences on nursing students immersed in a three week study tour to India. The research questions were: How does the international experience impact student nurses? What perspectives do nursing students gain from the experience? Giger and Davidhizar's (1999) assessment model was used as the framework for the study. A descriptive qualitative design was used to answer the research questions. Data were collected through a convenience sample of 30 journals in which students had recorded their perceptions of the study tour. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. Results indicated several categories and subcategories based on Giger and Davidhizar's framework such as communication, time, space, social organization, environmental control and health care interventions. Student comments reflected gaining cultural sensitivity through openness to other cultures, understanding the needs and accepting their differences. Implications for practice include empowering students by educating them in the provision of culturally appropriate care through immersive learning in other cultures.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGaining Cultural Sensitivity Through an International Immersion Study Tour: Student Perspectivesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160795-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Gaining Cultural Sensitivity Through an International Immersion Study Tour: Student Perspectives</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Jambunathan, Jayalakshmi, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin Oshkosh</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">920-424-1274</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jambu@uwosh.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">J. Jambunathan, D. Pope, , University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing, Oshkosh, WI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Cultural sensitivity is a necessary component of cultural competence, and health care professionals must make an effort to be aware of the potential and actual cultural factors that affect their interactions with a client. Nurse educators must be willing to design programs and materials, to implement programs, and to make recommendations that are culturally relevant and culturally specific. Although there is a plethora of quantitative studies examining cultural competence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and cross-cultural adjustment, few studies have examined the perceptions and learning experiences of students undertaking an international study tour. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cultural impact of international experiences on nursing students immersed in a three week study tour to India. The research questions were: How does the international experience impact student nurses? What perspectives do nursing students gain from the experience? Giger and Davidhizar's (1999) assessment model was used as the framework for the study. A descriptive qualitative design was used to answer the research questions. Data were collected through a convenience sample of 30 journals in which students had recorded their perceptions of the study tour. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. Results indicated several categories and subcategories based on Giger and Davidhizar's framework such as communication, time, space, social organization, environmental control and health care interventions. Student comments reflected gaining cultural sensitivity through openness to other cultures, understanding the needs and accepting their differences. Implications for practice include empowering students by educating them in the provision of culturally appropriate care through immersive learning in other cultures.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:10:47Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:10:47Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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