Nursing Students Experiences with Interdisciplinary Service Learning in Belize

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201723
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Nursing Students Experiences with Interdisciplinary Service Learning in Belize
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Nursing faculty and students from Western Kentucky University have been participating in an interdisciplinary service learning project in Gales Point, Belize. The purpose of the current study was to examine the students’ perceptions of the effect of participating in this program on their cultural awareness, nursing skills and future professional and personal plans. An exploratory qualitative study was undertaken to address the research question. Participants included seven BSN/MSN students who participated in the IMPACT Belize service learning project in Winter Term 2010. Students kept journals during the orientation period before the trip, on the eight- day trip, and after the trip. Data analysis was conducted by analyzing the students’ journals  using a multi- stage content analysis. Credibility was enhanced by having two researchers independently code data and then come together to develop a coding strategy. A third reader was used to confirm the coding strategy and themes that were found. An audit trail was developed to enhance confirmability. Themes included:  1) expectations and emotions about the project, 2) developing a reciprocal relationship with the community, 3) valuing interdisciplinary collaboration, 4) acquiring knowledge that would impact their future nursing practice, 5) growing personally, 6) making future plans to continue doing service work, 7) recognizing  themselves as part of a larger social network, 8) developing a shared responsibility for social problems, and 9) buying into the interdisciplinary change projects. Findings support that the interdisciplinary service learning trip to Belize allowed students to understand  another culture and provided knowledge/skills they felt they could use in future practice. The students reported personal growth and a desire to participate in future service projects. These findings support the inclusion of interdisciplinary and/or study abroad experiences in curricula.
Keywords:
Interdisciplinary teams; BSN/MSN Education; service learning
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNursing Students Experiences with Interdisciplinary Service Learning in Belizeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201723-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Nursing faculty and students from Western Kentucky University have been participating in an interdisciplinary service learning project in Gales Point, Belize. The purpose of the current study was to examine the students’ perceptions of the effect of participating in this program on their cultural awareness, nursing skills and future professional and personal plans. An exploratory qualitative study was undertaken to address the research question. Participants included seven BSN/MSN students who participated in the IMPACT Belize service learning project in Winter Term 2010. Students kept journals during the orientation period before the trip, on the eight- day trip, and after the trip. Data analysis was conducted by analyzing the students’ journals  using a multi- stage content analysis. Credibility was enhanced by having two researchers independently code data and then come together to develop a coding strategy. A third reader was used to confirm the coding strategy and themes that were found. An audit trail was developed to enhance confirmability. Themes included:  1) expectations and emotions about the project, 2) developing a reciprocal relationship with the community, 3) valuing interdisciplinary collaboration, 4) acquiring knowledge that would impact their future nursing practice, 5) growing personally, 6) making future plans to continue doing service work, 7) recognizing  themselves as part of a larger social network, 8) developing a shared responsibility for social problems, and 9) buying into the interdisciplinary change projects. Findings support that the interdisciplinary service learning trip to Belize allowed students to understand  another culture and provided knowledge/skills they felt they could use in future practice. The students reported personal growth and a desire to participate in future service projects. These findings support the inclusion of interdisciplinary and/or study abroad experiences in curricula.en_GB
dc.subjectInterdisciplinary teamsen_GB
dc.subjectBSN/MSN Educationen_GB
dc.subjectservice learningen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:49:20Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:49:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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