The Ethics of Nursing Student International Clinical Experiences


  • Amy Levi

    1. CNM, PhD, FACNM, is an associate clinical professor, co-director of the INMEP Nurse-Midwifery Program, and HWPP clinical education consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, San Francisco.
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Amy Levi, CNM, PhD, FACNM,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
1001 Potrero Avenue,
6D-29 University of California,
San Francisco 94110, CA.


This article explores the motivations for offering international nursing student experiences and the reasons students choose to participate. Students should prepare by learning cultural humility rather than cultural competency, and they should be oriented to the ethical responsibility implicit in caring for those in developing countries. Programs that provide these experiences need to be developed with an eye to sustainability so the lives of those receiving care will be enriched after the students go home.