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Stretching the understanding of public health for RN/BSN students: Reactions and responses to the introduction of a global health nursing concentration in the BSN completion curriculum

Priscilla K Killian, MSN CPNP RN, College of Nursing & Health Professions, Drexel University, 1505 Race Street MS 501, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 1215 762 8298, pkk22@drexel.edu

Registered Nurses returning to college with the intention of completing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree attend with varied motivations for returning to school and professional experiences in nursing. Few students come with community health nursing education or experience and often find the course material and the theoretical perspective of community health nursing new and challenging. Supporting the student's development and practice of thinking ‘beyond the hospital walls’ and motivating students in this pursuit proves to be a challenge for both students and faculty. To continue to support a more holistic view of health and healing and extend the world-view of students, faculty elected to include a global health nursing concentration course for senior nursing students. Following their public health nursing experience, many students choose to expand their understanding of global public health issues and the impact these global issues have on nursing in the United States and abroad by electing to enroll in a global health nursing concentration class. This is an evaluation of the value of adding a global health nursing concentration to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum for RN/BSN completion students and a summary of the student experience in their own words.

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Keywords: International Public Health, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA