Achieving Clinical Learning Outcomes in a Community/Public Health Nursing Course Through an International Immersion Experience

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621558
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Presentation
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Title:
Achieving Clinical Learning Outcomes in a Community/Public Health Nursing Course Through an International Immersion Experience
Other Titles:
Cultural Awareness in Public Health
Author(s):
Strahan, Brandy E.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Upsilon Kappa
Author Details:
Brandy E. Strahan, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: 2015-Present Director of Undergraduate Nursing, University of West Florida, School of Nursing 2011-Present Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, School of Nursing 2010-2011 Instructor, Pensacola State College, Department of Nursing 2009-2011 Circulating Nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital, Main OR Author Summary: Brandy is the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health at the University of West Florida. Her research interests include obesity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. She has procured funding for clinical technology enhancements for undergraduate nursing students and implementation of alternative clinical practices.
Abstract:

International clinical immersion experiences are valuable in that students are exposed to diverse cultures and ways of living, but these experiences can also provide an unconventional setting for clinical learning and the opportunity for culturally congruent care. Research has shown international immersion experiences to be beneficial in providing students comparison of U.S. health care systems to international systems, collaborate and form symbiotic partnerships with other institutions and providers, and share knowledge related to specific healthcare disparities. These experiences also enhance professional and personal development, enrich the understanding of healthcare concepts, and validate global citizenship. Clearly, international immersion experiences offer valid high impact learning opportunities for students and may prove to be a solution to limited clinical sites with increased competition for available placement.  Thus, an international immersion experience in baccalaureate nursing may indeed provide a resolution for such courses as Community and Public Health Nursing. The purpose of this project was to determine if clinical course learning outcomes could be achieved in an international immersion experience.

 

Partnering with the Social Work Department, the School of Nursing planned a six-day clinical immersion experience for undergraduate nursing students in Guatemala. Twenty-eight pre-licensure nursing students enrolled in Community and Public Health Nursing completed a 13-week theoretical course prior to the international immersion experience. The students received an orientation to the country including its historical and political perspectives, social classes, geography, cultural practices, and healthcare education and delivery systems. The University Study Abroad Office also provided a general informational session regarding international travel as an undergraduate student. Upon completion of the theoretical course, students participated in the clinical immersion experience and provided care in remote and rural villages of Guatemala in the Department of Zacapa.

 

Clinical learning outcomes achieved in the international immersion experience were: (1) understanding and application of an ecological perspective to practice, (2) incorporation of evidence-based practice to aid in health promotion, (3) use of social and environmental factors of health to enable student to work effectively with diverse populations, (4) integration of vital statistics and population data in planning health services in the community setting, and (5) identification of team strategies, both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, that would improve community health.

 

The international immersion experience provided students a unique clinical learning environment that promoted successful achievement of student learning outcomes. Student journaling revealed increased cultural awareness, resourcefulness, positivity with the experience, and gratitude. Challenges encountered during the immersion experience included communication barriers, lack of resources and equitable distribution, and various ethical dilemmas. Future recommendations for the international immersion experience include collaboration with advanced practice graduate students, formal division of clinical groups, and improved translation services. This project demonstrates that clinical learning outcomes can be achieved in alternative learning environments such as international immersion experiences.

Keywords:
Clinical Outcomes; International immersion experience; Nursing Students
Repository Posting Date:
20-Jun-2017
Date of Publication:
20-Jun-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17O01
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleAchieving Clinical Learning Outcomes in a Community/Public Health Nursing Course Through an International Immersion Experienceen_US
dc.title.alternativeCultural Awareness in Public Healthen
dc.contributor.authorStrahan, Brandy E.en
dc.contributor.departmentUpsilon Kappaen
dc.author.detailsBrandy E. Strahan, PhD, RN, Professional Experience: 2015-Present Director of Undergraduate Nursing, University of West Florida, School of Nursing 2011-Present Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, School of Nursing 2010-2011 Instructor, Pensacola State College, Department of Nursing 2009-2011 Circulating Nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital, Main OR Author Summary: Brandy is the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health at the University of West Florida. Her research interests include obesity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. She has procured funding for clinical technology enhancements for undergraduate nursing students and implementation of alternative clinical practices.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621558-
dc.description.abstract<p><span>International clinical immersion experiences are valuable in that students are exposed to diverse cultures and ways of living, but these experiences can also provide an unconventional setting for clinical learning and the opportunity for culturally congruent care. Research has shown international immersion experiences to be beneficial in providing students comparison of U.S. health care systems to international systems, collaborate and form symbiotic partnerships with other institutions and providers, and share knowledge related to specific healthcare disparities. These experiences also enhance professional and personal development, enrich the understanding of healthcare concepts, and validate global citizenship. Clearly, international immersion experiences offer valid high impact learning opportunities for students and may prove to be a solution to limited clinical sites with increased competition for available placement. </span><span> Thus, an international immersion experience in baccalaureate nursing may indeed provide a resolution for such courses as Community and Public Health Nursing. The purpose of this project was to determine if clinical course learning outcomes could be achieved in an international immersion experience.</span></p> <p> </p> <p>Partnering with the Social Work Department, the School of Nursing planned a six-day clinical immersion experience for undergraduate nursing students in Guatemala. Twenty-eight pre-licensure nursing students enrolled in Community and Public Health Nursing completed a 13-week theoretical course prior to the international immersion experience. The students received an orientation to the country including its historical and political perspectives, social classes, geography, cultural practices, and healthcare education and delivery systems. The University Study Abroad Office also provided a general informational session regarding international travel as an undergraduate student. Upon completion of the theoretical course, students participated in the clinical immersion experience and provided care in remote and rural villages of Guatemala in the Department of Zacapa.</p> <p> </p> <p>Clinical learning outcomes achieved in the international immersion experience were: (1) understanding and application of an ecological perspective to practice, (2) incorporation of evidence-based practice to aid in health promotion, (3) use of social and environmental factors of health to enable student to work effectively with diverse populations, (4) integration of vital statistics and population data in planning health services in the community setting, and (5) identification of team strategies, both interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, that would improve community health.</p> <p> </p> <p>The international immersion experience provided students a unique clinical learning environment that promoted successful achievement of student learning outcomes. Student journaling revealed increased cultural awareness, resourcefulness, positivity with the experience, and gratitude. Challenges encountered during the immersion experience included communication barriers, lack of resources and equitable distribution, and various ethical dilemmas. Future recommendations for the international immersion experience include collaboration with advanced practice graduate students, formal division of clinical groups, and improved translation services. This project demonstrates that clinical learning outcomes can be achieved in alternative learning environments such as international immersion experiences.</p>en
dc.subjectClinical Outcomesen
dc.subjectInternational immersion experienceen
dc.subjectNursing Studentsen
dc.date.available2017-06-20T20:26:12Z-
dc.date.issued2017-06-20-
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-20T20:26:12Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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