Collaboration and Sustainability in Short-Term Global Immersion: Ten Years of Experience

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/601984
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Collaboration and Sustainability in Short-Term Global Immersion: Ten Years of Experience
Other Titles:
Service Learning Initiatives [Session]
Author(s):
Coburn, Caroline Varner; Abraham, Corrine
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Epsilon
Author Details:
Caroline Varner Coburn, RN, ANP-BC, ccoburn@emory.edu; Corrine Abraham, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 26, 2015: For over ten years selected undergraduate nursing students at a southern United States university have participated in a global clinical immersion experience at the same Bahamian site. The program involves a partnership between the Bahamian Ministry of Health, a local non-governmental organization, local primary and secondary schools, faith-based community organizations, and Emory University???s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN). The overall goals have been to enhance healthcare in Eleuthera, The Bahamas through building local capacity among professional and non-professional community members and to enhance student learning and professional development through community engagement, application of clinical skills, and self-reflection. ??This global immersion experience has sought to provide clinical services to rural and underserved populations in The Bahamas; to enhance the provision of health promotion and disease prevention education within local schools; and to increase the students??? understanding of traditional healing practices and beliefs along with the role of faith in recovery. The Ministry of Health in The Bahamas and local community-based organizations have benefitted through the enhanced training of Bahamian nurses and the increased understanding of the health-related needs of its population through participation in community-based research and program evaluation. The NHWSN nursing students have reported opportunities to enhance their skills in respect to clinical practice, develop appreciation for cultural humility, and participate in the provision of health promotion and disease prevention education in a global setting. In any educational intervention based in a country outside of the institution???s home country there are layers of contacts and relationships, and sometimes differing goals and objectives for the trip. Creating a service learning experience that is meaningful for all parties involved includes closely listening to the needs and wishes of the host country, understanding the priorities for the local community, and incorporating those into the educational objectives for the trip. ?????????????????????? Certain guidelines and philosophical foundations have informed all aspects of these trips. The primary principle framed within the umbrella of community-engaged learning is that of collaboration with entities in the host country, which includes the Ministry of Health, the local island clinics, and key individuals such as the Chief Nursing Officer for the island, and leaders of service and non-profit organizations. It has been essential to the success of the experience for the host country to be an active participant in planning and identifying expected outcomes. ?????????????????????? The Conceptual Model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health (2010, J. Leffers and E. Mitchell) provides a framework and theoretical basis for the goals, objectives, and activities for the student immersion experiences. Components of the Emory-Bahamas collaboration described in this presentation support this conceptual model, while at the same time the conceptual model provides focus and definition to a decade of involvement. ?????????????????????? One of the continuing challenges in this program has been to maintain and sustain a relationship with partners at the site that results in positive benefit for all parties involved. Key elements for sustainability include: ongoing communication between faculty and leaders on the island; collaboration between the university, nursing school, and non-governmental organization to implement and support local healthcare projects; and intentional choice of on-site activities that springboard from previous trips to provide growth and development. In addition, systematic evaluation of processes and outcomes is essential to guide revision and identification of ???next steps??? in the process of sustainability. ?????????????????????? In this presentation, principles that have proven successful for collaboration and sustainability in these educational experiences and the lessons learned from aspects that were less helpful are examined and evaluated.
Keywords:
Service Learning; International Collaboration; Nursing Education
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15J09
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleCollaboration and Sustainability in Short-Term Global Immersion: Ten Years of Experienceen
dc.title.alternativeService Learning Initiatives [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorCoburn, Caroline Varneren
dc.contributor.authorAbraham, Corrineen
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Epsilonen
dc.author.detailsCaroline Varner Coburn, RN, ANP-BC, ccoburn@emory.edu; Corrine Abraham, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/601984-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 26, 2015: For over ten years selected undergraduate nursing students at a southern United States university have participated in a global clinical immersion experience at the same Bahamian site. The program involves a partnership between the Bahamian Ministry of Health, a local non-governmental organization, local primary and secondary schools, faith-based community organizations, and Emory University???s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN). The overall goals have been to enhance healthcare in Eleuthera, The Bahamas through building local capacity among professional and non-professional community members and to enhance student learning and professional development through community engagement, application of clinical skills, and self-reflection. ??This global immersion experience has sought to provide clinical services to rural and underserved populations in The Bahamas; to enhance the provision of health promotion and disease prevention education within local schools; and to increase the students??? understanding of traditional healing practices and beliefs along with the role of faith in recovery. The Ministry of Health in The Bahamas and local community-based organizations have benefitted through the enhanced training of Bahamian nurses and the increased understanding of the health-related needs of its population through participation in community-based research and program evaluation. The NHWSN nursing students have reported opportunities to enhance their skills in respect to clinical practice, develop appreciation for cultural humility, and participate in the provision of health promotion and disease prevention education in a global setting. In any educational intervention based in a country outside of the institution???s home country there are layers of contacts and relationships, and sometimes differing goals and objectives for the trip. Creating a service learning experience that is meaningful for all parties involved includes closely listening to the needs and wishes of the host country, understanding the priorities for the local community, and incorporating those into the educational objectives for the trip. ?????????????????????? Certain guidelines and philosophical foundations have informed all aspects of these trips. The primary principle framed within the umbrella of community-engaged learning is that of collaboration with entities in the host country, which includes the Ministry of Health, the local island clinics, and key individuals such as the Chief Nursing Officer for the island, and leaders of service and non-profit organizations. It has been essential to the success of the experience for the host country to be an active participant in planning and identifying expected outcomes. ?????????????????????? The Conceptual Model for Partnership and Sustainability in Global Health (2010, J. Leffers and E. Mitchell) provides a framework and theoretical basis for the goals, objectives, and activities for the student immersion experiences. Components of the Emory-Bahamas collaboration described in this presentation support this conceptual model, while at the same time the conceptual model provides focus and definition to a decade of involvement. ?????????????????????? One of the continuing challenges in this program has been to maintain and sustain a relationship with partners at the site that results in positive benefit for all parties involved. Key elements for sustainability include: ongoing communication between faculty and leaders on the island; collaboration between the university, nursing school, and non-governmental organization to implement and support local healthcare projects; and intentional choice of on-site activities that springboard from previous trips to provide growth and development. In addition, systematic evaluation of processes and outcomes is essential to guide revision and identification of ???next steps??? in the process of sustainability. ?????????????????????? In this presentation, principles that have proven successful for collaboration and sustainability in these educational experiences and the lessons learned from aspects that were less helpful are examined and evaluated.en
dc.subjectService Learningen
dc.subjectInternational Collaborationen
dc.subjectNursing Educationen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T13:00:47Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T13:00:47Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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