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Qualitative understanding of an international learning experience: What Australian undergraduate nurses and midwives said about a Cambodia placement?

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  • Anthony Tuckett RN MA PhD,

    Senior Lecturer, Corresponding author
    1. University of Queensland and Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    • Correspondence: Anthony Tuckett, University of Queensland and Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, PO Box 1539 Milton BC, Queensland 4064, Australia. Email: a.tuckett@uq.edu.au

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  • Peta Crompton RN RM

    Clinical Associate Lecturer
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Abstract

The aim of this study is to report the experiences of three groups of Australian undergraduate nursing and midwifery students undertaking an international learning experience in Cambodia. Relying on an interpretative research design using qualitative content analysis, data were drawn from a sub-group of undergraduate third-year bachelor and dual degree nursing/midwifery students at a Queensland university, Australia. Students from a clinical placement in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a 4-week period in the January of 2010–2012 completed a formal expression of interest, and at three time intervals a questionnaire comprising open-ended questions. The evaluation by the undergraduate nursing/midwifery students of the clinical experience in Cambodia is understood through two core themes: global citizen/better citizen, personal/professional development. The findings have implications for university curriculum developers interested in the internationalization of nursing and midwifery programmes to ensure students are well equipped to practice in diverse multicultural and global health systems.

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