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Int J Nurs Pract. 2012 Jul;18 Suppl 2:56-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02029.x.

Promoting cultural awareness in nursing education through international videoconferences.

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina 28428, USA.


This paper describes a highly successful, 10 year long international videoconference exchange between nursing students in Iwate Prefectural University in northern Japan and the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the United States. A summary of the literature on the use of videoconferencing in nursing education is presented, as well as a brief overview of the collaborative partnership that led to the development of the annual videoconference series. A description of the process for conducting the annual real-time sessions is included along with student perspectives about their experiences. Planning, support and open-mindedness on the part of both students and nursing faculty have contributed to the success of this collaborative effort.

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