Reflections on Studying Abroad: Uncovering the Meaning for Nursing Practice

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308062
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reflections on Studying Abroad: Uncovering the Meaning for Nursing Practice
Author(s):
Kostovich, Carol Toliuszis; Bermele, Charlene
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Omicron
Author Details:
Carol Toliuszis Kostovich, PhD, RN, phdnurse2002@yahoo.com; Charlene Bermele, MSN, RN
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The globalization of healthcare requires that nurses be equipped with skills to care for a multi-cultural patient population. Providing care to diverse groups is introduced in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) asserts that attention to cultural diversity is necessary for safe, quality care. The School of Nursing at one Midwestern university currently offers four short-term study abroad courses in which undergraduate students can enroll to fulfill their nursing elective requirement. Over 80 students have participated in these 10-day immersion courses since their implementation in 2006. End-of-course evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. Yet faculty questioned the long-term benefits of participating in such a course. The literature provides very little evidence of the long-term benefits of short-term study abroad courses. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore registered nurses’ perceptions of the long-term effects of participating in a short-term study abroad course as an undergraduate student.  The researchers have conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews of eight registered nurses who participated in one of the short-term study abroad courses at this Midwestern university. Participants were asked to reflect upon their study abroad nursing course and how it has impacted their intellectual and professional development, their personal and international perspectives, and the way in which they provide nursing care.  Data analysis is in progress using Colaizzi’s phenomenological interpretive method.
Keywords:
Nursing care; Study abroad outcomes; Cultural awareness
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReflections on Studying Abroad: Uncovering the Meaning for Nursing Practiceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKostovich, Carol Toliuszisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBermele, Charleneen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Omicronen_GB
dc.author.detailsCarol Toliuszis Kostovich, PhD, RN, phdnurse2002@yahoo.com; Charlene Bermele, MSN, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308062-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>The globalization of healthcare requires that nurses be equipped with skills to care for a multi-cultural patient population. Providing care to diverse groups is introduced in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) asserts that attention to cultural diversity is necessary for safe, quality care. The School of Nursing at one Midwestern university currently offers four short-term study abroad courses in which undergraduate students can enroll to fulfill their nursing elective requirement. Over 80 students have participated in these 10-day immersion courses since their implementation in 2006. End-of-course evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. Yet faculty questioned the long-term benefits of participating in such a course. The literature provides very little evidence of the long-term benefits of short-term study abroad courses. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to explore registered nurses’ perceptions of the long-term effects of participating in a short-term study abroad course as an undergraduate student.  The researchers have conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews of eight registered nurses who participated in one of the short-term study abroad courses at this Midwestern university. Participants were asked to reflect upon their study abroad nursing course and how it has impacted their intellectual and professional development, their personal and international perspectives, and the way in which they provide nursing care.  Data analysis is in progress using Colaizzi’s phenomenological interpretive method.en_GB
dc.subjectNursing careen_GB
dc.subjectStudy abroad outcomesen_GB
dc.subjectCultural awarenessen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:26:21Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:26:21Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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