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Nurse Educ. 2015 Nov-Dec;40(6):298-302. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000174.

Outcomes of an International Cooperative Education Experience for Undergraduate Nursing Students.

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Author affiliations: Founding Dean and Professor (Dr Hoffart), Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon; Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator (Ms Diani); Associate Cooperative Education Coordinator (Ms Carney), Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.


A qualitative study was conducted to identify the outcomes of international cooperative education in nursing. Seventeen alumni who completed 19 cooperative work experiences were interviewed. International cooperative experiences support learning about culture and contribute to personal and professional development. Outcomes included increased maturation, confidence, and flexibility; elevated political and global awareness; and ability to create effective relationships with culturally diverse patients and coworkers.

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