Influence of a Cultural Immersion Experience on Healthcare Students' Spirituality

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243288
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Influence of a Cultural Immersion Experience on Healthcare Students' Spirituality
Author(s):
Hartman, A. Michelle; Rickabaugh, Linda R.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Phi
Author Details:
Hartman, A. Michelle, DNP, RN, CPNP, amh79@dm.duke.edu; Rickabaugh, Linda R., MSN, RN;
Abstract:
Spirituality has been identified as a significant theme during cultural immersion experiences that merited further exploration (Rickabaugh, Hartman, Allison-Jones & Clark, 2009).  The purpose of this naturalistic study was to identify the influence of a cultural immersion experience on studuents' spiritual well being and spirituality. A convenience sample of five healthcare students participated in this study which utilized mixed methodologies. Nursing and health psychology students completed reflective journals and participated in debriefing sessions regarding sacred moments. Sacred moments were defined as a connection or support from a higher power, connection with others, a sense of purpose and a sense of gratefulness, compassion or inner peace (Underwood, 1999). Journals were analyzed using content analysis and theme identification. To compliment the qualitative portion of the study, participants completed the Spiritual Well Being Scale (SWBS) prior to and upon return from the cultural immersion experience.

Connections with others was identified as the most frequently journal theme. Each student team member related strong connections with other team members and the native population. Another major theme was the connection with the entire experience, such as the country and the beauty of nature, which provided a purpose, sense of peace, and gratitude for life. Although scores on the SWBS increased at the conclusion of the trip when compared with the scores prior to the immersion experience, the differences were not significant. Limitations include a small, convenience sample and perspectives were limited to those researchers who also participated in the cultural immersion experience. Results from this study contribute to the limited body of knowledge which exists about student nurses’ spiritual development during their baccalaureate education. Cultural immersion and other transformative learning experiences can provide opportunities for students to enhance their own spirituality.

Keywords:
Cultrual immersion; Spirituality; Nursing student
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleInfluence of a Cultural Immersion Experience on Healthcare Students' Spiritualityen
dc.contributor.authorHartman, A. Michelleen
dc.contributor.authorRickabaugh, Linda R.en
dc.contributor.departmentTau Phien
dc.author.detailsHartman, A. Michelle, DNP, RN, CPNP, amh79@dm.duke.edu; Rickabaugh, Linda R., MSN, RN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243288-
dc.description.abstractSpirituality has been identified as a significant theme during cultural immersion experiences that merited further exploration (Rickabaugh, Hartman, Allison-Jones&nbsp;&amp; Clark, 2009).&nbsp;&nbsp;The purpose of this naturalistic study was to identify the influence of a cultural immersion experience on studuents' spiritual well being and spirituality. A convenience sample of five healthcare students participated in this study which utilized mixed methodologies. Nursing and health psychology students completed reflective journals and participated in debriefing sessions regarding sacred moments. Sacred moments were defined as a connection or support from a higher power, connection with others, a sense of purpose and a sense of gratefulness, compassion or inner peace (Underwood, 1999). Journals were analyzed using content analysis and theme identification. To compliment the qualitative portion of the study, participants completed the Spiritual Well Being Scale (SWBS) prior to and upon return from the cultural immersion experience. <div></div><p>Connections with others was identified as the most frequently journal theme. Each student team member related strong connections with other team members and the native population. Another major theme was the connection with the entire experience, such as the country and the beauty of nature, which provided a purpose, sense of peace, and gratitude for life. Although scores on the SWBS&nbsp;increased at the conclusion of the trip when compared with&nbsp;the scores prior to the immersion experience, the differences were not significant. Limitations include a small, convenience sample and perspectives were limited to those researchers who also participated in the cultural immersion experience. Results from this study contribute to the limited body of knowledge which exists about student nurses&rsquo; spiritual development during their baccalaureate education.&nbsp;Cultural immersion and other transformative learning experiences can provide opportunities for students to enhance their own spirituality.en
dc.subjectCultrual immersionen
dc.subjectSpiritualityen
dc.subjectNursing studenten
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:20:10Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:20:10Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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