Online Program

Development and evaluation of an international service learning experience for public health nursing students

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diane C. Martins, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Alicia Curtin, PhD, RNP, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Donna Schwartz-Barcott, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Lisa Di Maria, MS, RN, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Baccalaureate nursing students need to be prepared to provide culturally appropriate care to a diverse population in a variety of settings. International service learning (ISL) experiences may be an effective educational strategy to promote cultural competence, global awareness, and professional and personal growth. Using Riner's framework for globally engaged nursing education, an international service learning program in the Dominican Republic (DR) was developed. The international service learning experience included 1) didactics, (five, two hour and one full day educational sessions) prior to 2) immersion (two weeks in country) and 3) post-trip debriefing sessions. Eleven female, junior and senior nursing students participated in the program. The need to develop effective evaluation tools to understand students' experiences in ISL is important to justify the validity of ISL experiences in the nursing curriculum. The impact of an ISL experience on cultural competence, global awareness, professional and personal growth of baccalaureate students in the Dominican Republic will be presented. In review of measurement tools on cultural competency and transcultural self-efficacy, the International Education Survey (IES) was selected to measure the impact of an ISL experience. Participating nursing students critically reflected on their experience daily while in country. Students submitted their daily journals for transcription and analysis. Themes are described based on the analysis of the qualitative data submitted by students. The IES will also be used to measure the effectiveness of the experience. Further exploration of the usefulness of various evaluation tools and methodological designs is warranted to understand this type of pedagogy.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Describe the development of partnerships in the Dominican Republic. Discuss strategies for evaluating international service learning.

Keyword(s): Global Education, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been developing international service learning with nursing students and developed a global health curriculum. I have collaborated with health professionals and agencies in the Dominican Republic. As a faculty member in Public Health Nursing, I have been developing partnerships for clinical practicums to reduce health disparities over the last 30 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.