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ERIC Number: EJ904250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
The Lived Experience of Nursing Students Who Study Abroad: A Qualitative Inquiry
Edmonds, Michelle Lynn
Journal of Studies in International Education, v14 n5 p545-568 Nov 2010
Nurse Researchers need to explore study abroad programs and identify their impact on the development of cultural competence and global perspectives in nursing students. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of nursing students who study abroad and to identify benefits and impediments that may be used to spawn future research and shape existing and future study abroad programs. The research question for this phenomenological study was "What is the lived experience of nursing students who study abroad?" A purposive sample of nursing students was obtained and included participants who completed an elective study abroad nursing course to either England or Dominica between 2006 and 2008. Data collection was obtained from two sources: semi-structured interviews and written reflective travel journals. Four themes became evident as a result of becoming immersed in students' written and spoken words. Those themes were "recognizing, encountering, adapting, and mastering." Findings from this study suggest that there are vast benefits of study abroad programs for nursing students including, but not limited to, increased personal growth, awareness of diverse cultures, adapting despite an unfamiliar environment, and increased self-efficacy. These findings have strong implications for nursing education, practice, and research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Dominica; United Kingdom (England)