Global Awareness and Interdisciplinary Education via a Study Abroad Program in San Ramón, Costa Rica

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308506
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Global Awareness and Interdisciplinary Education via a Study Abroad Program in San Ramón, Costa Rica
Author(s):
Aramburu Alegría, Christine M
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Christine M Aramburu Alegría, PhD RN, aramburu@unr.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A relatively low percentage of nursing educators may have had the opportunity to teach abroad or to seriously envisage teaching abroad.  With a charge to increase cultural competency and global awareness, educators are encouraged to consider this enriching experience.   Teaching abroad offers opportunities to globalize one’s worldview, increase foreign language competencies, network internationally, and learn a different culture, including its healthcare practices.

This paper discusses the author's experience as a visiting professor teaching abroad in San Ramón, Costa Rica, August – December 2012, teaching two courses in the university studies abroad program hosted by the University of Costa Rica.  These courses addressed health disparities in diverse populations, and health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. 

Undergraduate students from diverse health-related fields including nursing, psychology, and public health were enrolled.  These students, who will in the future be interdisciplinary colleagues, collaborated in class and on projects.  Together they discussed local, regional, and global health disparities; social determinants; and approaches to improvement. 

With an aim to not only foster interdisciplinary collaboration early in the students’ career paths, but to also increase cultural competency, the students participated in internships with local healthcare personnel, including nurses, therapists, and physicians.  To gain insight into the local healthcare system, the author attended provider-patient sessions with nurses and psychologists.   Additionally, students and author met with local residents as volunteer English teachers, providing attendant San Ramonenses insight into life in the USA.  Lastly, students and author participated in two hospital-based projects:  an employee health fair; and the creation, implementation, and analysis of a survey of hospital employees on stress and ambient music.

In sum, teaching abroad provides a unique opportunity for nursing faculty.  The experience increases global visibility of US nurses, provides participants an understanding of foreign cultures, and enhances interdisciplinary collaboration among students and the community.

Keywords:
global awareness; interdisciplinary education; study abroad
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

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGlobal Awareness and Interdisciplinary Education via a Study Abroad Program in San Ramón, Costa Ricaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAramburu Alegría, Christine Men_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsChristine M Aramburu Alegría, PhD RN, aramburu@unr.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308506-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>A relatively low percentage of nursing educators may have had the opportunity to teach abroad or to seriously envisage teaching abroad.  With a charge to increase cultural competency and global awareness, educators are encouraged to consider this enriching experience.   Teaching abroad offers opportunities to globalize one’s worldview, increase foreign language competencies, network internationally, and learn a different culture, including its healthcare practices. <p>This paper discusses the author's experience as a visiting professor teaching abroad in San Ramón, Costa Rica, August – December 2012, teaching two courses in the university studies abroad program hosted by the University of Costa Rica.  These courses addressed health disparities in diverse populations, and health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan.  <p>Undergraduate students from diverse health-related fields including nursing, psychology, and public health were enrolled.  These students, who will in the future be interdisciplinary colleagues, collaborated in class and on projects.  Together they discussed local, regional, and global health disparities; social determinants; and approaches to improvement.  <p>With an aim to not only foster interdisciplinary collaboration early in the students’ career paths, but to also increase cultural competency, the students participated in internships with local healthcare personnel, including nurses, therapists, and physicians.  To gain insight into the local healthcare system, the author attended provider-patient sessions with nurses and psychologists.   Additionally, students and author met with local residents as volunteer English teachers, providing attendant <i>San Ramonenses </i>insight into life in the USA.  Lastly, students and author participated in two hospital-based projects:  an employee health fair; and the creation, implementation, and analysis of a survey of hospital employees on stress and ambient music. <p>In sum, teaching abroad provides a unique opportunity for nursing faculty.  The experience increases global visibility of US nurses, provides participants an understanding of foreign cultures, and enhances interdisciplinary collaboration among students and the community.en_GB
dc.subjectglobal awarenessen_GB
dc.subjectinterdisciplinary educationen_GB
dc.subjectstudy abroaden_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:32:14Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:32:14Z-
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
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