Fostering internalization: an American-Danish semester-long undergraduate nursing student exchange program

Marianne Baernholdt, Emily Drake, Frederic Maron, Kirsten Neymark

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    Aim: This paper describes the development, implementation and evaluation of a semester-long exchange program between two Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the USA and Denmark.
    Background: Nurses globally need to provide culturally sensitive care for an ethnically diverse population. Competencies on how to do so should start in the basic nursing programs. A useful strategy is through immersion into another culture through an exchange program. Little is known about successful strategies for two-way or 360 degrees exchange programs between schools from different contries. Guided by experimential learning theory, we developed an exchange program with the objective of enhancing nursing students' cultural competence through knowledge building, attitudes and behaviour development. Lessons learned and implications for educational institutions and policy are discussed.
    Conclusion: In internationalization of nursing education, an awareness of underlying cultural values regarding nursing competence and taking appropriate action are important for success. Other areas for a successful exchange program include matching of courses or content across schools, clear objectives and evaluation plans. Finally, flexibility and open communication are key components when setting up a 360 degrees exchange program.
    Keywords: Cultural Competence, Exchanges, International Collaboration, Undergraduate Education
    TidsskriftInternational Nursing Review
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)221-227
    Antal sider7
    StatusUdgivet - jun. 2013


    • interkulturelle forhold