Curriculum Development and Transcultural Service Learning in Post Earthquake Haiti

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/616419
Title:
Curriculum Development and Transcultural Service Learning in Post Earthquake Haiti
Other Titles:
What Does Curriculum Development Have to Do With Nursing?
Author(s):
Alexandre, Margaret
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Omega
Author Details:
Margaret Alexandre, RN, malexandre1@york.cuny.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 24, 2016: Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. After the earthquake of January 12, 2010, Haiti is in even greater need of healthcare support.' In an effort to provide our students with an opportunity to provide much needed healthcare services in two underserved areas in rural Haiti; an elective course was developed incorporating the Student Learning Outcomes; which included the need to advocate for health policies that address local and global health issues, effectively communicate with diverse client populations and disciplines using a variety of strategies and respecting client's cultural beliefs and practices, as well as the essential curriculum concepts: Communication/Collaboration, Safety/Technology, Critical Thinking/Nursing Process, Leadership/Management, Professional Accountability/ Advocacy, Legal, Moral, Ethics and Research. A two week service learning component in Haiti, gave the nursing students the opportunity to immerse and provide needed services to an underserved population. Senior and junior level nursing students were selected. Nursing students and faculty worked along other health professionals in the Carries community; at the Mission of Grace Medical Clinic, Orphanage, Elementary School, and Senior Home. Course preparation involved: development and review of syllabus, completion of assigned readings and research on Haiti?s history, culture, healthcare, social and economic issues as well as immersion in the Kreyol language. Students also attended seminars and an eight hour orientation before travel. Emphasis was placed on communication, critical thinking, client education, cultural considerations and evidence-based clinical guidelines in nursing practice. Conferences and lectures were held to assist the students to reflect, synthesize. Overall the course provided a service learning experience where students could contribute; to delivery of health care; to underserved population on a global level; as well as to provide engaged learning that integrates theory into practice. Comparison and contrast could be made within and among the communities. While a fair comparison could not be made, inequality and inequity among the local people was undeniable. Another is the need for infrastructure (health care, education, sanitation, water, and housing). We left being more appreciative of the things we take for granted living the United States, such as clean water, shelter, and access to health care.
Keywords:
Curriculum; Service-Learning; Haiti
Repository Posting Date:
13-Jul-2016
Date of Publication:
13-Jul-2016 ; 13-Jul-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC16L11
Conference Date:
2016
Conference Name:
27th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Cape Town, South Africa
Description:
Theme: Leading Global Research: Advancing Practice, Advocacy, and Policy

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen
dc.titleCurriculum Development and Transcultural Service Learning in Post Earthquake Haitien
dc.title.alternativeWhat Does Curriculum Development Have to Do With Nursing?en
dc.contributor.authorAlexandre, Margareten
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Omegaen
dc.author.detailsMargaret Alexandre, RN, malexandre1@york.cuny.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/616419-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 24, 2016: Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. After the earthquake of January 12, 2010, Haiti is in even greater need of healthcare support.' In an effort to provide our students with an opportunity to provide much needed healthcare services in two underserved areas in rural Haiti; an elective course was developed incorporating the Student Learning Outcomes; which included the need to advocate for health policies that address local and global health issues, effectively communicate with diverse client populations and disciplines using a variety of strategies and respecting client's cultural beliefs and practices, as well as the essential curriculum concepts: Communication/Collaboration, Safety/Technology, Critical Thinking/Nursing Process, Leadership/Management, Professional Accountability/ Advocacy, Legal, Moral, Ethics and Research. A two week service learning component in Haiti, gave the nursing students the opportunity to immerse and provide needed services to an underserved population. Senior and junior level nursing students were selected. Nursing students and faculty worked along other health professionals in the Carries community; at the Mission of Grace Medical Clinic, Orphanage, Elementary School, and Senior Home. Course preparation involved: development and review of syllabus, completion of assigned readings and research on Haiti?s history, culture, healthcare, social and economic issues as well as immersion in the Kreyol language. Students also attended seminars and an eight hour orientation before travel. Emphasis was placed on communication, critical thinking, client education, cultural considerations and evidence-based clinical guidelines in nursing practice. Conferences and lectures were held to assist the students to reflect, synthesize. Overall the course provided a service learning experience where students could contribute; to delivery of health care; to underserved population on a global level; as well as to provide engaged learning that integrates theory into practice. Comparison and contrast could be made within and among the communities. While a fair comparison could not be made, inequality and inequity among the local people was undeniable. Another is the need for infrastructure (health care, education, sanitation, water, and housing). We left being more appreciative of the things we take for granted living the United States, such as clean water, shelter, and access to health care.en
dc.subjectCurriculumen
dc.subjectService-Learningen
dc.subjectHaitien
dc.date.available2016-07-13T11:12:07Z-
dc.date.issued2016-07-13-
dc.date.issued2016-07-13en
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-13T11:12:07Z-
dc.conference.date2016en
dc.conference.name27th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationCape Town, South Africaen
dc.descriptionTheme: Leading Global Research: Advancing Practice, Advocacy, and Policyen
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