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Nurse Educ Today. 2008 Nov;28(8):981-92. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.06.003. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Studying abroad: a multiple case study of nursing students' international experiences.

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Tusculum, Hopton Lane, Alfrick, Worcester, United Kingdom. b.green7@btinternet.com

Abstract

This paper examines the experiences of nursing students undertaking an international placement during their pre-registration education. The study took place in two schools--one in the United Kingdom, and one in Sweden. The move of nursing education into higher education enabled students to participate in international exchange programmes. Previous research demonstrates that students participating in such programmes may gain enhanced cultural awareness and experience personal and professional growth. The study comprised a multiple case study, utilising semi-structured individual and group interviews and documentary analysis. Eighteen students from the UK and 14 from Sweden participated. Participants described an increase in confidence, self-reliance and professional knowledge and skills resulting from their international placement. There was an awareness of how healthcare roles differ between countries and a change in attitudes to others from different backgrounds and cultures. The differences between the two cases were marginal. Whilst there was support from both home and host universities this varied between the international placement providers. The international placements were beneficial; however, there is a need for change in the preparation, support and monitoring of students, greater engagement with the partner institutions, and more effective mentoring of staff.

PMID:
18692278
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2008.06.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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