Community health nursing through a global lens

Norma Sarkar, Amber Dallwig, Patricia Abbott

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Community Health Nursing (N456) is a required senior clinical course in the undergraduate nursing curriculum at the University of Michigan in which students learn to assess and address the health of populations and communities. In 2012, we began our efforts to internationalize the curriculum using a globally engaged nursing education framework. Our goal is for all students to have an intercultural learning experience understanding that all students are unable to travel internationally. Therefore, this intercultural learning was implemented through a range of experiences including actual immersion, virtual activities (videoconferencing) and interventions with local vulnerable populations. Grants were obtained to provide immersion experiences in Quito, Ecuador and New Delhi, India. Several technologies were initiated with partner nursing schools in Leogane, Haiti and New Delhi, India. Weekly videoconferencing utilizing BlueJeans software and exchange of knowledge through the Knowledge Gateway facilitated intercultural exchange of knowledge and culture. Local clinical groups work with a variety of vulnerable populations. A private blog was developed for all sections to share community assessment data from local and international communities. Qualitative evaluation data was collected for local and international students to begin to assess cultural competence and student learning. Analysis of data documented increased awareness of culture and identified the many positive benefits of interaction with a global partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-139
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in health technology and informatics
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Global Telehealth, GT 2015 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: May 29 2015May 30 2015


  • Community Health Nursing
  • Global health perspective
  • Intercultural learning experience
  • Videoconferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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