Special Features: Education
Development and Evaluation of an International Service Learning Program for Nursing Students
Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Public Health Nursing
Volume 30, Issue 6, pages 548–556, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Curtin, A. J., Martins, D. C., Schwartz-Barcott, D., DiMaria, L. and Ogando, B. M. S. (2013), Development and Evaluation of an International Service Learning Program for Nursing Students. Public Health Nursing, 30: 548–556. doi: 10.1111/phn.12040
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
- cultural sensitivity;
- nursing education
(1) Using Riner's framework, the development of an international service learning program in the Dominican Republic (DR) for Baccalaureate nursing students will be described, and (2) an initial impact of the students' experiences will be examined.
Design and Sample
A qualitative descriptive research design was used to examine its impact. The international service learning program included (1) didactic (five, 2 hr and one full day educational sessions) prior to (2) immersion (2 weeks in country), and (3) posttrip debriefing session. Ten females, senior nursing students participated in the program. Students' daily journals were examined using thematic analysis.
Five major themes that emerged were as follows adapting physically, encountering frustration in their inability to fully meet patients' needs, increasing confidence in speaking Spanish and assessing health problems, and increasing cultural awareness. Students were descriptive regarding their daily activities, and did some, but limited, critical reflection.
Models of reflection need to be explored to select the most appropriate technique to facilitate students' critical reflection in meeting the goals and objectives of the experience. Curriculum integration of global learning, social consciousness, and global cultural competence development is needed.