Factors that facilitate a meaningful cultural immersion experience and personal and professional growth

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dc.contributor.advisor Ryan, Marilyn E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Brogden, Deborah I. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:39:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:39:13Z
dc.date.created 2001 en_US
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 2001 .B76 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/186969
dc.description.abstract Cultural diversity is affecting every aspect of society today and nurses need to be able to provide culturally competent care to remain relevant, and useful, within the current climate. Cultural immersion experiences are one of the teaching strategies that have been incorporated in an attempt to prepare nurses to be culturally competent in practice. However, there are only a few research studies that have been conducted, within the discipline of nursing, to empirically document the process and outcomes of a cultural immersion experience. Thus, the purpose of this study was to examine factors that facilitate a meaningful cultural immersion experience during a nursing program, as well as the short-term effects of such experiences on personal and professional growth and cultural awareness. The theoretical framework for the study was Leininger's theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality.This study identified factors that were relevant and important in facilitating a meaningful cultural immersion experience within the categories of situational predetermining factors, modifying factors, and transitional factors (adjustment strategies). Situational predetermining factors identified as relevant included prior personal and professional experiences, prior attitudes and values, preparation before departure, andprior cultural knowledge. Modifying factors identified as relevant included the perception of living in another world, and being "stuck there," as well as the type of location, type of nursing experience, and people met on site. Transitional factors identified as relevant included social support from classmates and the use of coping responses such as humor, self-reliance, personal strength/faith, as well as adjustment of communication style to be able to talk with host-nationals. Finally, personal and professional growth and changes in cultural awareness were identified as outcomes of the immersion experience. Further research on the process and outcomes of cultural immersion is needed to continue to generate a base of nursing knowledge related to cultural immersion, and to assist nurse educators in the planning and execution of such experiences.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Nursing
dc.format.extent vii, 131 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Foreign study -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Diversity in the workplace -- Study and teaching. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses -- Training of. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses -- Education. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Professional education. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Maturation (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Career development. en_US
dc.title Factors that facilitate a meaningful cultural immersion experience and personal and professional growth en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1221295 en_US


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